Athlete Bios

Brian Shrader

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:09:46
Qualifying Race: 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Brian Shrader
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Cambridge, MA


Flagstaff, AZ

High School

Sinagua High School

Current Affiliation



Assistant Coach - Harvard Track and Cross Country

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2016, 5,000m; 2020, Marathon

Number of attempts to qualify



Northern Arizona University

Career Highlights
2014 U.S. 12K Champion and American Record-holder; 11th, 2023 Bank of Chicago Marathon (2:09:44); Finalist, 2016 USATF Championships 5,000m and 2017 in 3,000m steeplechase; NCAA All-American.
Parents: Tom and Donna Shrader will be in Orlando. Two siblings, Jacqueline and Jamie. Fiancé is Helen Schlachtenhaufen, who runs for Nike hopes to qualify for the Olympics in the 1,500s. Her PB is 4:01. She will also be in Orlando.
Greatest Accomplishment
It sounds lame but I’m probably most proud of just trying to be a generally positive person who helps people around me. I might have come up short with a lot of my goals but I hope I’ve been a good influence and built a good reputation with my peers along the way.
Interesting Story
I almost retired from running after 2020. I had bad Achilles tendinopothy and couldn’t get it to go away for a couple of years and then had a sacral stress fracture at the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon. The only reason I kept running was because of the support that I had from my fiance and actually just trying to train with her on her Olympic dream journey. I also now have an incredible support system in Boston. We run/train a lot with Johnny Gregorek, who runs for ASICS and the New Balance Boston. I also coach at Harvard and am always inspired and supported by them. Through this support, I somehow had the best year of my career last year. I PRd in the 10k, twice in the half marathon and marathon, and I also finished high up in multiple USATF road championships. There is no way I thought I would ever be running at that level again just a couple of years ago. And I owe all of that to Helen and my support system who all believe in me way more than I do.
Favorite Book

All the Light We Cannot See

Favorite Movie

Dumb and Dumber

Favorite TV Show/Series

How I Met Your Mother

Favorite Song

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Favorite Post-race Indulgence


Favorite Breakfast

Pancakes with real maple syrup

Favorite Running Memory
No matter how long I run and what I do, my favorite memories always revolve around people. One for me when my team at NAU unexpectedly finished 4th as a team at NCAAs (with Futsum Zienasellassie, who is also racing the Trials). The bonding of a team is unique and something that you don’t experience after college. The other is hanging out with all of the other runners in Europe in the summer. You get so close to each other, get to let loose a bit, and everyone has mutual respect and understanding of what we all do to get to that point.