Jared Ward finished 12th in his TCS New York City Marathon debut in 2017, a year after serving as a Grand Marshal for the race with his fellow U.S. Olympic Marathon team members. He returned in 2018 to finish as the top American in sixth place.
Earlier this year, Ward set a new personal best in the marathon of 2:09:25, as he finished eighth at the Boston Marathon.
In 2016, Ward placed third at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, earning him his first Olympic team berth. In Rio he placed sixth, moving up from 36th place at the halfway point to finish in a personal-best time of 2:11:30. Prior to that, after a second-place finish at the 2014 USATF Marathon Championships, Ward returned the following year to win his first national title in 2:12:55. He would add titles over 25 kilometers (1:14:56) and 20 kilometers (59:24) later in 2015.
Born in Layton, UT, Ward attended Brigham Young University, where he was a six-time NCAA All-American. Since earning a masters degree in statistics, he has worked at the university teaching statistics courses. His masters thesis examined the effects of marathon pacing on finish times—maintaining that running an even pace was optimal for achieving goal times—and his performance at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon backed up his research: Despite the heat, he split 1:06:31 for the first half of the race and 1:06:29 for the second half. In the Rio Olympic Marathon, he ran a 28-second negative split, opening in 1:05:59 and closing in 1:05:31.
Ward and his wife, Erica, have four children, with their third child, Julia, having been born on her father’s birthday in 2016.
- Date of Birth Sep 9, 1988
- Age 31
- Gender Male
- Country USA
- Residence Mapleton, Utah, USA
|2018||TCS New York City Marathon||2:12:24||6th|
|2016||Rio Olympic Games Marathon||2:11:30||6th|
|2016||U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon||2:13:00||3rd|
|2015||USATF Marathon Championships||2:12:55||1st|
|2015||USATF Half-Marathon Championships||1:01:42||2nd|
|2019||2019 United Airlines NYC Half||4||1:02:33|
|2018||TCS New York City Marathon 2018||6||2:12:24|
|2017||TCS New York City Marathon 2017||12||2:18:39|
|2017||2017 United Airlines NYC Half||14||1:03:14|