Athlete Bios

Kevin Koski

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:15:56
Qualifying Race: 2022 Grandma's Marathon

Kevin Koski
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Flagstaff, AZ


Park Falls, WI

High School

Chequamegon High School

Current Affiliation

McKirdy Trained


Coach for McKirdy Trained

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Illinois State University

Career Highlights
Led 2020-21 Illinois State Redbirds to their first MVC Cross Country team title in 19 years. 2020-21 MVC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Ran 2:15:56 in debut marathon to finish 15th at the 2023 Grandma's Marathon and qualify for the Olympic Trials.
Parents are Gary and Ann Koski. They were high school sweethearts who met on the first day of cross country practice in 1982. Both my older brother, Jordan, and younger sister, Nicole, ran cross country and track at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Greatest Accomplishment
Qualifying for the Trials in my debut marathon.
Interesting Story
After graduating from ISU I decided to chase the dream and move out to Flagstaff. I only brought what could fit in my car and kept jumping from one temporary housing situation to the next. In the first year of living in Flagstaff I moved five times and spent the first six months sleeping on an inflatable air mattress from Walmart. Eventually I fell in with coach James McKirdy and the McKirdy Trained crew and am very thankful for the much-needed stability and support they provided!
Favorite Book

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Favorite Movie

Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Favorite TV Show/Series

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Favorite Song

Kali Ma - Neck Deep

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Pepperoni pizza

Favorite Breakfast

Bacon, eggs and pancakes.

Favorite Running Memory
Winning the 2020-21 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country team title with a group of my best friends. It was the program's first title in 19 years, and the culmination of years of hard work and a light at the end of the tunnel when there was great uncertainty due to the Covid-19 season postponement.