Athlete Bios

Kir Selert

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:36:18
Qualifying Race: 2022 Grandma's Marathon

Kir Selert
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

New Orleans, LA


Westfield, NJ

Current Affiliation

Louisiana Running & Walking Company


Wordcrafter - Freelance/Self-employed

Marathon PB


Social Media
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Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



Oberlin College

Career Highlights
14+ year running streak, beginning August 2009
There are a lot of people I consider family, and I’m grateful for how they all are steadfast and grounding in their support. I started running to share and deepen a bond with my mom, Kim Schmidt/Selert, who ran marathons in the 1980s prior to having me. She was also the Division III national singles champion in tennis in 1980 and 1981, and I grew up admiring her mental toughness.
Greatest Accomplishment
Yikes! I try to feel that I navigate every day the best I can, and give as freely and deeply as I am able in each circumstance.
Interesting Story
I once ran circles inside the Amsterdam Airport for an hour, in sneakers and last night’s going-out clothes. I was holding my luggage with my headphones plugged in. After I missed my flight, I briefly fainted and called my mom. She told me a run would make me feel better. She was right.
Favorite Book

Book of Delights (Ross Gay), Heavy (Kiese Laymon), Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison), On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong), and Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)

Favorite TV Show/Series

Big Mouth

Favorite Song

Naw Meen - Baby Boy Da Prince, Mannie Fresh

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Rice Krispies

Favorite Breakfast

Eggs, avocado, beans, plantains, ample hot sauce

Favorite Motivational Quote
“What is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives.” – Rupi Kaur. "The sun and her flowers I create the whole universe, blink by blink." - John Gardner
Favorite Running Memory
It’s the day-to-day for me. I appreciate how running makes me feel – simultaneously a little free, a little floating, a little grounded – and how it’s allowed such deep, vulnerable and powerful connections.