Athlete Bios

Bijan Mazaheri

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:07
Qualifying Race: Firenze (Florence) Marathon

Bijan Mazaheri
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Wellesley, MA


Wellesley, MA

High School

Wellesley High School

Current Affiliation

Rabbit Elite


Postdoctoral Researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Marathon PB


Social Media
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Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



Williams College, Cambridge University, Caltech

Career Highlights
2022 USATF 50K Road Champion; member of Team USA for the 2023 50K World Championships; 4th, 2021 LA Marathon; losing the NCAA D III 10,000m by .007s.
My wife is also a postdoc, doing materials science research at ETH Zürich. We met while we were both PhD students at Caltech on a trip to Yosemite National Park. We are hoping to both be professors at the same university in a year or two!
Greatest Accomplishment
Convincing my wife to run with me.
Interesting Story
I'm the creator of, which uses statistics/math to adjust and rank college cross country. I also just finished my PhD this past summer! I generally work on statistical and machine learning methods for causality and am currently trying to apply it to biological problems (despite knowing very close to zero biology).
Favorite Book

Pale Fire

Favorite Movie

Pan's Labyrinth

Favorite TV Show/Series

Currently Jujutsu Kaisen and Last Week Tonight

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Ramen and Jelly Beans

Favorite Breakfast

Müsli with 10% fat plain yogurt and berries and a soft boiled egg (or 3) on the side

Favorite Motivational Quote
"I’m wasted on cross-country. We Dwarves are natural sprinters. Very dangerous over short distances." - Gimli, son of Glóin
Favorite Running Memory
"Running" from the desert of Palm Springs (sea level-ish) to the top of Mount San Jacinto (10,500 ft). It was really cool to travel through so many climates/biomes in such a short period of time.