Athlete Bios

Habtamu Cheney

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:16:12
Qualifying Race: 2023 Bakline's McKirdy Micro Marathon

Habtamu Cheney
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Provo, UT


Ahwatukee, AZ

High School

Desert Vista High School


Marketing Director

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



Utah Valley University

Career Highlights
4-time WAC Champion
I’m adopted from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I grew up in Arizona most of my life until I moved to Utah for college.
Greatest Accomplishment
My biggest accomplishment has to be returning faster and stronger after back-to-back Achilles surgeries. I spent most of my college years injured with nagging pain.
Interesting Story
My comeback from back-to-back Achilles surgery after a partial tear and Haglund's deformity.
Favorite Book

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

Favorite Movie


Favorite TV Show/Series

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Favorite Song

Frank Ocean. I’m a sucker for good vibes.

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Root beer

Favorite Breakfast

Breakfast croissant, veggie bowl (breakfast style)

Favorite Motivational Quote
“Do What Excites” - Kelly Wakasa. This quote has been stuck in my head and I have been writing it on my bibs for the past 10 months. I love doing things that excite me. For me, foregoing my remaining college eligibility to chance the marathon distance scared me but it excites me more than it scared me.
Favorite Running Memory
Qualifying for Nike Cross Nationals with my high school team; becoming the first and only Arizona boys to do so.