Ben True

Ben True USA

In 2018, Ben True became the first American man to win the United Airlines NYC Half, covering the brand new course in 1:02:39.

Prior to that, his strongest year was in 2015, which was highlighted by winning his third consecutive U.S. title at 15K. He broke a 19-year-old American record for the road 5K in 2015, running 13:22 at the B.A.A. 5K to lower the record by two seconds. A month later, True won the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in Central Park, outsprinting Stephen Sambu in a photo finish. With the win, True also claimed victory over past NYC Half and New York City Marathon champions Geoffrey Mutai and Wilson Kipsang. True returned to New York that June for the adidas Grand Prix, where he became the first American male to win an IAAF Diamond League 5000-meter event. Later that month, he placed second in both the 5000- and 10,000-meter events at the USATF Outdoor Championships, and would go on to finish sixth in the IAAF World Championships 5000 meters in August.

Raised in North Yarmouth, ME, True competed on the cross country, track, and ski teams at Dartmouth College. He was the top American at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, placing sixth to lead the U.S. to a silver team medal. In October 2014, True married Sarah Groff, a three-time ITU Triathlon World Championships medalist and 2016 Rio Olympic qualifier. Together with his wife, along with Boston Marathon champion Des Linden and her husband Ryan, they co-own their own coffee company.


  • Date of Birth Dec 28, 1985
  • Age 33
  • Gender Male
  • Country USA
  • Residence West Lebanon, NH, USA


Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2017 2017 USATF 5K Championships 13:59 6th
2015  IAAF World Championships 5000m 13:54.07 6th
2015  Adidas Grand Prix 5000m 13:29.48 1st
2014  Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 5000m 13:02.74 1st
2013  IAAF World Cross Country Championships (12K) 33:11 6th


Year Event Place Time
2019 2019 United Airlines NYC Half 10 1:02:56
2018 2018 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile 12 0:03:58
2018 2018 United Airlines NYC Half 1 1:02:39
2017 2017 USATF 5K Championships 6 0:13:59
2015 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 1 0:28:13
2013 NYRR Dash 5K 7 0:13:58

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