Athlete Bios

Ben Olson

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:16:04
Qualifying Race: 202 California International Marathon

Ben Olson
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Coon Rapids, MN


Coon Rapids, MN

High School

Blaine High School


Biomedical Engineer

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



South Dakota State University

Career Highlights
6-time Individual Summit League Champion; 3-time Summit League Athlete of the Year; 5-time Team Summit League Champions in cross country.
My parents are Darci and Brad Olson. My sister, Sarah, is currently living in Antarctica.
Greatest Accomplishment
One day my time as a competitive runner will come to an end. Contrarily, my choice to follow Christ will not. It is a relationship that will last an eternity. That choice was the most important decision of my life.
Interesting Story
Growing up in Minnesota, Nordic skiing is always something I have enjoyed doing. Now, I like to use it as cross training early on in my builds to develop strength and low-impact aerobic strength. It's so fun I like to call it "free fitness."
Favorite Book


Favorite Movie

Miracle on Ice

Favorite TV Show/Series

How I Met Your Mother

Favorite Song

Anything country

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Ice cream

Favorite Breakfast

Overnight oatmeal, oats, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, frozen fruit

Favorite Motivational Quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Prefontaine
Favorite Running Memory
Winning the 2023 Team Summit League Conference Championships (indoor)