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Ryan Root

QT: 2:16:45

Residence: Iowa City, IA

Hometown: Champaign, IL

College: North Central College, Naperville, IL

Age on Race Day: 28

Affiliation: Rabbit

Qualifying Race: Chevron Houston Marathon 2019

Marathon Best: 2:16:40

Social Handles: Instagram - @run_root_run

Favorite inspirational quote: "Trials of miles; miles of trials" - John L. Parker Jr.

Favorite book: Best Efforts by Kenny Moore 

Favorite post-race indulgence: Haribo peach gummies 

Of Note: 

  • Volunteer Assistant Cross Country and Distance Coach at University of Iowa
  • Assistant Manager at Heartland Soles
  • After first marathon in 2015, went back to track but got injured; decided high mileage rather than high intensity was what worked for him and so returned to marathon
  • Reached 1000 days of consecutive running (averaging 100 miles per week) by mid-September
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