Athlete Bios

Donnie Cowart

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:13:39
Qualifying Race: 2023 Bakline's McKirdy Micro Marathon

Donnie Cowart
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Winston Salem, NC


Rustburg, VA

High School

Rustburg High School

Current Affiliation

Crazy Running


Owner of Crazy Running

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



Virginia Military Institute

Career Highlights
4th, 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field (3,000m steeplechase); 4th, 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games (steeplechase); Winner, 2011 Richmond 8K; Winner, 2021 Tobacco Road Marathon; 3rd, 2021 Philadelphia Marathon; 2nd, 2014 Sir Walter Miler (3:58.43); multiple All-Conference and Athlete of the Year awards in the Big South Conference; NCAA Div. I All-American
My wife and I have been married for six years and have a daughter named Camilla. We all love to walk, hike, read books and play chase.
Greatest Accomplishment
For eight years in a row I made every U.S. steeplechase final (2011-2017), all while working part-time.
Interesting Story
In the 8th grade I was cut from my JV basketball and baseball teams. That is when I found indoor/outdoor track and cross country. It was devastating at the time; however, in the grand scheme, it allowed me to find what I was great at and is a great lesson I hope others can take from ... often in our failure lies opportunities!
Favorite Book

The Pout-Pout Fish

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Bacon and cheese burger

Favorite Breakfast

Oatmeal w nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and cinnamon!

Favorite Motivational Quote
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart!"
Favorite Running Memory
Attempting to break 4 minutes for the second time with an engagement ring tied to my shoe, proposing to my now-wife post- race. She's always been a huge supporter of mine!