Athlete Bios

Tyler McCandless

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:15:18
Qualifying Race: 2022 Los Angeles Marathon

Tyler McCandless
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Fort Collins, CO


Northampton, PA

High School

Northampton High School

Current Affiliation

rabbit, Merrell


Director of Data Science,

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2012, 2016, 2020

Number of attempts to qualify



Penn State University

Career Highlights
2nd, 2017 USATF Marathon Championships (2:12:28); Champion, 2023 Pittsburgh Marathon; 3-time Winner and course-record holder, Kauai Marathon; 8-time Winner and course record-holder, Kauai Half Marathon; 4-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier; 11-time Top 10 finisher at USATF Championships; 2010 All-American
My wife, Kristin McCandless, is also a runner and incredible mom to our two boys (Levi, 4, and Jack, 1).
Greatest Accomplishment
Personally, family always comes first and I do truly feel like I am living the dream every day with Kristin, Levi and Jack.
Interesting Story
I have a PhD in Meteorology and work for a weather intelligence company ( I think it would be great if more races, such at the Olympic Trials, reached out to me for weather information when planning the event!
Favorite Book

The Power of One

Favorite TV Show/Series

Ted Lasso

Favorite Song

Born to Win

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Peanut M&Ms

Favorite Breakfast

Anything with bacon

Favorite Motivational Quote
"First with the head, then with the heart, that's how you win from the start."
Favorite Running Memory
Embracing my wife shortly after crossing the finish after a big marathon PR in 2017.