Athlete Bios

Veronica Eder

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:35:48
Qualifying Race: 2022 California International Marathon

Veronica Eder
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Philadelphia, PA


Doylestown, PA

High School

Central Bucks East High School

Current Affiliation

Liberty Track Club


Senior Data Analyst at Vanguard

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Auburn University

Career Highlights
11th, 2018 USATF Cross Country Championships; 21st, 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (16th American); 32nd, 2022 USATF Marathon Championships; 2024 Trials qualifier; 3-time NCAA Championships qualifier; 2-time All-American, 2-time Auburn University record-holder (3,000m indoor, 5,000m outdoor)
I come from a big, close-knit family rooted in the Philadelphia area. My parents, who met in high school, decided to settle in Doylestown after growing up in Northeast Philly. I'm the oldest of three, with a brother named Ian and a sister named Claudia. Family is everything to me; especially my mom, who encouraged me to take up running back in 4th grade. Since then, running has become a family passion, with my dad, brother and sister all completing marathons – my dad even clocked an impressive time of 2:52 at the age of 53! Beyond my family, I have a wonderful boyfriend, Kevin. A Villanova cross country and track alum, he and I have bonded over our shared passion for the sport. It's incredible to see how running has not only shaped my life, but has also become a thread that ties my family together in a unique and meaningful way.
Interesting Story
In the summer of 2019, my mom received the daunting diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 52. The impact was profound, as my mom had been the pillar of strength in both our immediate and extended families. For about two years, my family and I shouldered the weight of her care, a collective effort that became even more challenging as her condition progressed. The onset of COVID brought the gift of remote work, allowing us to manage her needs more flexibly. As we inevitably had to return to our jobs and the demands of my mom's care intensified, we welcomed Chrissy into our lives. A friend of my parents from high school, Chrissy seamlessly transitioned into the role of a full-time caretaker and a new member of our family. Despite juggling rigorous marathon training, a full-time job and attempting to maintain a normal social life, I still make a deliberate effort to visit my parents a couple days every week. I find solace in being there for my mom and alleviating the burden on my dad, particularly during Chrissy's off-hours. The journey is challenging, but in the midst of it all I strive to find a delicate balance and treasure the fleeting moments with my mom. Even though my mom is not aware of the fact that I’m competing at the Trials, she always has (and always will be) my biggest supporter, not only in running, but also in life. I love you, mom - This one's for you!
Favorite Book

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Movie

The Dark Knight

Favorite TV Show/Series

Breaking Bad

Favorite Song

Post Malone’s entire “Beerbongs & Bentleys” album - I couldn’t narrow it down if I tried

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Ice cream and a hazy IPA

Favorite Motivational Quote
“If” by Rudyard Kipling - I’d recommend reading the entire poem, but here’s the last stanza: If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!
Favorite Running Memory
Founding Liberty Track Club, a post-collegiate team for competitive female runners based in Philadelphia, with my dear friend, Carey Gosselin (Celata). I met Carey in the summer of 2020, shortly after moving to Philly and seeking a way to make friends. Inspired by Carey's pursuit of ambitious running goals, I rekindled my passion for serious training and competition after a two-year hiatus. As our friendship deepened, Carey and I identified a gap for young professionals like us to join a tight-knit team supporting their running aspirations. Thus, Liberty Track Club was born, now boasting 25 members and sponsorship from Free People Movement and UCAN.