Athlete Bios

Swarnjit Boyal

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:16:33
Qualifying Race: 2022 California International Marathon

Swarnjit Boyal
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Yuba City, CA


Yuba City, CA

High School

River Valley High School

Current Affiliation

HOKA Aggies Running Club


District Engineer - Olivehurst Public Utility District, High School Head Cross Country & Track Coach

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Career Highlights
Qualifier, 2020 Olympic Team Trials - Marathon; Qualifier, 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championship; 2018 Big West Track Athlete of the Year; 3-time champion, Big West Conference (2-time 10K,5K); 2018 Cal Poly Student Athlete of the Year.
My father is Kulwinder Singh and my mother is Kamaljeet Kaur. My brothers are Amrit Boyal and Simranjit Boyal.
Greatest Accomplishment
I’m most proud of how, after not making the Cal Poly team my first year, I had to grind. My sophomore year, I didn’t make the team again until my club coach requested the head coach give me a chance. I never looked back once given the opportunity. I worked my way up, over the course of time, to become the best athlete on the team and in the Big West Conference.
Interesting Story
I’ve qualified for two Trials, the second time after nearly a year off until I found love for the sport again while coaching high school. And perhaps I drew that inspiration from my team of only six girls who did so well; they all got to go to States for the first time in school and city history.
Favorite Movie

Interstellar or the Dark Knight

Favorite TV Show/Series

Stranger Things/Suits

Favorite Song

Listening to David Goggins

Favorite Post-race Indulgence


Favorite Breakfast

Oatmeal with glass of orange juice, muffin, and yogurt.

Favorite Motivational Quote
"Those who say they can and those who say that can’t, are usually right."
Favorite Running Memory
Several: when the high school team I coach qualified for States, when I qualified for my second Trials at CIM in 2022; and my first day of practice as an official DI athlete.