Athlete Bios

Makena Morley

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:30:28
Qualifying Race: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Makena Morley
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Bozeman, MT


Bigfork, MT

High School

Bigfork High School

Current Affiliation

Professional Runner for Asics


Full-Time Pro

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

First marathon trials. I qualified for the 2020 Track & Field trials in the 10,000 meters

Number of attempts to qualify



University of Colorado

Career Highlights
In college, I was a 7-time All-American in track and cross country. I qualified for the NCAA Championships meet 15 times (running more than one race at one NCAA meet); and set the University of Colorado outdoor 10,000 meter school record in 32:28 during my sophomore track season. I was an 8th place individual finisher while our women's team won the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2018! As a professional runner I won the 2021 Amway River Bank Run - 25k Run presented by Fifth Third Bank; placed second in the USA 20k Road Running Championships (New Haven, CT); and placed second overall on the USATF 25k Road Running Circuit. In 2022 I was 10th overall and the 5th American to finish the Bank of America Chicago Marathon - my first marathon. I also qualified and competed at the 2020 US Olympic Track & Field trials in the 10,000 meter race.
I am originally from Maui, Hawaii! I was born and raised there until I was seven and then my family moved to Bigfork, Montana. My dad is a wooden canoe/boat builder in the Swan Valley and my mom is a 3rd grade teacher at Bigfork Elementary school. My sister runs for NAU and my brother works in the lumber industry here in Bozeman where I currently live too! My whole family runs. My mom got us all into it when she was doing local fun runs when I was in elementary school. My dad trained with me through high school and still runs with me when I am home visiting. My sister is in her last year of college and has been competing really well on the collegiate scene (1,500 and 5,000 meters are her preferred events). My brother only runs occasionally now but did run for Montana State University - where I currently volunteer assistant coach! My partner lives here in Bozeman with me and is an amazing trail runner, although I sometimes get him to run some road workouts with me. He is currently training for 25-65 mile trail races.
Greatest Accomplishment
I have to say nothing has beaten my college team win the NCAA cross country race in 2018! My teammate and best friend Dani Jones won the whole race and I was 8th overall. It was a really special moment in my life that I will never forget!
Interesting Story
I currently train with the Montana State Univ. cross country team and volunteer as an assistant coach for them too! They are the best and funniest training partners in the world and they really keep me going each day. It was a rough late winter and spring last year when I had my first bone injury but it was so nice being able to go to their practices every day and focus on helping them succeed versus thinking about the fact that I was injured. Outside of coaching them, I also coach with Rundoyen and love guiding all my athletes through their marathon and other race-distance adventures. It has been so fun to watch all of them grow as runners!
Favorite Book

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Favorite Movie

Frozen 2

Favorite TV Show/Series

Schitts Creek

Favorite Song

This is so embarrassing (LOL) but its

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Ice cream, any pastry or a good old mimosa

Favorite Breakfast

Avocado toast with over-easy eggs and arugula tossed in garlic oil and truffle salt

Favorite Running Memory
Winning an NCAA Cross Country team title in 2018 with University of Colorado; and qualifying for the Foot Locker Nationals four times in a row and getting to go with my whole family to San Diego and race at Balboa Park - where we always parked at "Morley Field," which I thought was a positive sign; and just those special training experiences I had with my dad who helped coach me during the post season and throughout high school running!