Athlete Bios

John Dewitt

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:17:13
Qualifying Race: 2023 Bakline's McKirdy Micro Marathon

John Dewitt
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

West Allis, WI


Oshkosh, WI

High School

Oshkosh West High School

Current Affiliation

Wisconsin Runner Racing Team/ Brooks


Math Teacher- Nathan Hale High School

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials

2016, 2020

Number of attempts to qualify



University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Career Highlights
4-time Grindfest Champion; 2-time NCAA Division III All-American; 2-time Elite 90 Award winner; 2022 Hood To Coast Team Champions ("The Goodland")
My older brother is a big reason I got into running, as joining track and field my sophomore year of high school helped draw us closer together. My younger sister just had her first kid (Moses) and my Mom and Dad live in a small town, Wisconsin Rapids.
Greatest Accomplishment
It's not really an accomplishment, but it would be impossible to get a clear picture of me without talking about my faith. It's not really about what I've done, but what Christ has done for me. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Through everything, we have a God who loves us. Despite my shortcomings, I am thankful for Jesus and everything he has done for me.
Interesting Story
I have been the Head Boys' Track and Field coach at Nathan Hale High School for the past 11 years. I am also the advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Favorite Book

Crazy Love- Francis Chan

Favorite Movie

I always say Elf, but the real answer is probably National Treasure

Favorite TV Show/Series

Parks and Recreation or How I Met Your Mother

Favorite Song

Anything by Taylor Swift

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Chocolate Milk

Favorite Breakfast

Ultimate Breakfast Skillet at West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe

Favorite Motivational Quote
"You are who you choose to be." -Iron Giant
Favorite Running Memory
Qualifying for the Trials for the first time was incredibly special. It was my first marathon, Chicago 2014. From the roaring crowds to the excitement of crossing the line to the joy in my mom's voice as we talked on the phone afterwards, it was a really special day.