Athlete Bios

Zachary Ornelas

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:16:05
Qualifying Race: 2022 California International Marathon

Zachary Ornelas
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Ann Arbor, MI


Las Vegas, NM

High School

Cedar Park Vista Ridge

Current Affiliation

Tracksmith ASP


English Teacher at Saline High School

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



University of Michigan

Career Highlights
3-time Top 3 finisher (2023, 2017, 2016 Boston Marathon; 31st at 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. 2-time USATF 50K National Champion; USATF 50 Mile Road National Champion; 3-time USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Team member; team captain for men's cross country and track at Michigan
My wife, Megan, and I have been married since 2017. We have two children, Miles and Anthony, who are 2.5 years and 8 months old! My father, Andrew, served in the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Greatest Accomplishment
Being a husband to my wife and a father to my amazing children.
Interesting Story
After finishing toward the back of the 2020 Trials, I wasn't sure I'd have this opportunity again. Since 2020 we have had two children, and I have taken on way more responsibilities in my teaching career as I am now coach of cross country/track, high school Ethics Bowl and am the head advisor for the National Honor Society. Life is busier than it ever has been for me, with many of my runs in the cold dark morning hours, but I'm running more than I have since college and am faster and stronger at 32 than I was at 22.
Favorite Book

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Favorite Movie

Happy Gilmore

Favorite TV Show/Series

Midnight Mass

Favorite Song

Shook Ones, Pt. II

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Double NE IPA

Favorite Breakfast

Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Favorite Motivational Quote
"One must imagine Sisyphus happy."- Albert Camus
Favorite Running Memory
Crossing the finish line of the 2022 California International Marathon, I burst into tears. I thought about my wife, my son and my soon-to-be-born second child the entire run and did it for them. My family has made many sacrifices for me to keep training and I wanted to honor them in my performance.