Athlete Bios

Paxton Smith

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:24
Qualifying Race: 2022 Grandma's Marathon

Paxton Smith
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Miami, FL


Highlands Ranch, CO

High School

Mountain Vista High School


8th Grade Middle School English Teacher

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



University of Colorado

Career Highlights
Ran for two cross country Pac-12 Championship teams (2019, 2021); 4th (2018) and 3rd (2019) NCAA Cross Country Championship teams; qualified for the 2022 NCAA West Preliminary Round (10,000m)
My parents, Steve and Karen, have dedicated their lives to raising my brother Alex and me. I owe and dedicate any success in my life to the two of them.
Greatest Accomplishment
The ability to serve my students every day with enriching curriculum, lessons and after-school activities.
Favorite Book


Favorite Movie

Forrest Gump

Favorite TV Show/Series

Rick and Morty

Favorite Song

Piano Man

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Craft beer

Favorite Breakfast


Favorite Motivational Quote
"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open your soul of windows to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it." - Marcus Aurelius, Stoic Philosopher
Favorite Running Memory
Hugging my parents, teammates and coaches after a successful day at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships