Athlete Bios

Ben Decker

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:08
Qualifying Race: McKirdy Micro Marathon

Ben Decker
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Mexico City, Mexico


Yarmouth, Maine

High School

Yarmouth High School

Current Affiliation

New Haven Road Runners


Consultant at Bain & Company

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Williams College

Career Highlights
Williams College Cross Country and Track Captain; NCAA DIII All-American and Academic All-American; Hartford Half Marathon Champion
My dad, Byrne Decker, spent two years attempting to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Trials. He came within a minute of the standard twice, but he ultimately didn't make it. It took me three attempts to hit the qualifying standard for this race, and my memories of my dad's persistence 20 years ago were what kept me from giving up. I'd also like to shout out my mom, Melanie, my siblings, Megan, John, and Callie, and my girlfriend, Hannah. I'm lucky to have their support in all my pursuits.
Greatest Accomplishment
I'm really proud of my community of friends. Since college, I've lived in five different cities and worked three different jobs, and I've had a lot of fun making friends along the way.
Interesting Story
I recently moved to Mexico City, and I've been running to my office to avoid the traffic. The run is 8 miles straight uphill starting at 7,300 feet of altitude, and I do it with a backpack on. I'm excited for some flat running at sea level in Orlando!
Favorite Book

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

Favorite Movie

The Departed

Favorite TV Show/Series


Favorite Song

I listen to a ton of trashy sports podcasts when I run. Pardon My Take is my favorite.

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Ice Cream

Favorite Breakfast


Favorite Motivational Quote
"The ceiling is the roof." - Michael Jordan
Favorite Running Memory
The entire 2015 Williams Cross Country season.