Last year, Kellyn Taylor set a new personal-best 2:24:29 to win the 2018 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. Her time broke the course record and was the seventh-fastest marathon time by a U.S. woman in history. Taylor will be making her second appearance at the TCS New York City Marathon after finishing eighth in 2017.
Taylor ran 2:28:40 in her marathon debut in Houston in 2015, the sixth-fastest debut ever by an American woman. Later that season, she won the 5,000-meter bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games and set a half-marathon personal-best of 1:11:01 in Philadelphia. In 2016, she finished sixth at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, and represented Team USA a month later at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales. She finished 25th overall and third among Americans in 1:12:42. She went on to finish fourth in the 10,000 meters and 12th in the 5000 meters at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Taylor was the second American finisher at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, placing 13th overall in 2:28:51. The following year, despite failing to finish the Boston Marathon due to the terrible weather conditions, she set her marathon personal best at Grandma’s Marathon, her indoor mile personal best at the BU Terrier Invite, and her half-marathon personal best at the Las Vegas Half Marathon.
Already this year, she was eighth at the United Airlines NYC Half, fourth at the Prague Marathon and recorded her first-ever podium finish at the USATF Championships – third place in the 10,000 meters.
Raised in Sussex, WI, Taylor graduated from Wichita State University in 2009. She has a young daughter, Kylyn, with her husband Kyle, who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The couple also just became foster parents. In addition to her running career, Taylor is also training to become a firefighter; she is certified and now just waiting to apply, get hired and work.
- Date of Birth Jul 22, 1986
- Age 33
- Gender Female
- Country USA
- Residence Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
|2019||USATF Championships 10,000 meters`||3rd||32:02.74|
|2017||TCS New York City marathon||8th||2:29:56|
|2016||U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon||6th||2:32:49|
|2015||Pan American Games 5000 meters||3rd||15:52.78|