We will begin accepting Elite Athlete requests for the 2020 Bayshore on November 1st 2019.

The Bayshore Marathon and Half Marathon have a limited amount of entries available (4 per event) for Elite Athletes that meet the following qualifications:

  • Mens Marathon: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Womens Marathon: 3 hours 0 minutes

  • Mens Half Marathon: 1 hour 10 minutes

  • Womens Half Marathon: 1 hour 25 minutes

If you qualify and would like to be considered, please Email us a short bio, a list of personal bests, and attach a previous race photo. Below are the 2018 Elite Athletes.

Please Note: Qualifying times must have been completed in the past two years. When submitting your request, please provide a link and/or name of the event in which you ran a qualifying time.

2019 Athletes

Women’s Marathon (Maximum Reached for 2019)

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Marissa Ward

I won the Fort4Fitness Marathon in Fort Wayne, In in 2:59:11 on Sept 29, 2018.

On Nov 4, 2018 I ran 2:56:48 at the NYC Marathon, placing me as the 57th female in a field of 22k+.

A short bio:

My name is Marissa Ward. I started running in 2014, then spent two years running cross country at Cleveland State University. I ran my first marathon on my 21st birthday when I was 21 weeks pregnant with my daughter. I qualified for Boston that day and the marathon quickly became my favorite distance.  Since then, pushing her in her stroller has become a regular part of my training and has helped me improve at a runner drastically.

Personal Bests:

  • Marathon: 2:56:48 @ 2018 NYC Marathon 

  • Half Marathon: 1:24:43 (half marathon split @ 2018 NYC Marathon)

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Sarah Sandborn

36 years old, Sunfield, Mi 

Personal Bests:

  • Marathon: 2:58:03, Grand Rapids Marathon 2017, 1st Female

  • Half Marathon: 1:24:11, Lansing Capital City half 2016, 1st Female

  • 5k: 17:47, Lansing Turkey trot

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Sara Gerhardt

My name is Sara Gerhardt. I started running in high school, competing in cross country and track. Then I went on to run for Oakland University, breaking the school record in the 10K on the track and earning All-Mid Continent Conference Honors. I ran my first marathon in 2009 while still in college but then took several years off from competitive running to go to medical school and complete my residency training. Over the past year, after finishing my medical training, I decided to train to run more competively again. I finished 1st in the Lets Move Half Marathon in April 2018 and then took 4th in the Brooksie Way Half Marathon in September with a time of 1:26:52. In October, I ran the Detroit Marathon in October, breaking my personal record by 15 minutes and finishing 7th with a time of 2:59:37.


Personal Records:

Marathon: 2:59:37, Detroit Marathon 2018, 7th female

Half Marathon: 1:26:51, Dexter to Ann Arbor 2007

10K: 38:31, 2007

5K: 18:13, 2007


Devon Sutton

I’m Devon Sutton, I’m 23 years old and I ran collegiately for the University of Detroit Mercy from 2013-17. I had multiple all-conference honors both on the track and in cross country. I'm currently in the dental hygiene program at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. I'm originally from Ludington MI where I competed on the high school cross country and track teams. 

In 2016 I won the Cherry Festival half marathon in 1:24:51. The following year (2017) I was 3rd female in 1:23:47. This fall I ran the Detroit Freep U.S. Only Half Marathon, where I finished 2nd in 1:23:38. My most recent race was the Detroit Turkey Trot where I competed in the double (10K and 5K). I won the double, and was third female overall in the 10k.


Personal Bests:

5K: 17:47

10K: 37:09

Half-Marathon: 1:23:38


Men’s Marathon (Maximum reached 2019)

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Mike Katsefaras

Bio: I was 3rd at the Bayshore Marathon, twice.

 Team: Good Sense Coffee – instead of water, I drink a cup of GSC at each station

 Personal Best:

  • Marathon - 2:27:41

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Michael Cox

I ran Cross Country and Track & Field for Pinckney High School and was All-State in Cross Country my senior year in Division 1. I continued my athletic career at Oakland University where I improved upon my personal bests and was a multiple-time All-Horizon League performer in both Cross Country and Track & Field. Upon graduation, I took my best shot at the marathon and was rewarded with a 5th place finish at the 2017 Detroit Free Press Marathon. My second and most recent go at the marathon rewarded me with a 10 minute improvement and some great experience. I am hoping to run in the low 2:20s at Bayshore this year. My personal bests are as follows:

Personal Bests:

  • 5K - 14:48 (2016)

  • 10K - 31:08 (2017)

  • Half-Marathon - 1:10:37 (2018) - Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon

  • Marathon - 2:28:30 (2018) - Grandma's Marathon

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Brendan Molony

A Kalamazoo native running started at the young age of 9.  Attending high school Hackett Catholic Central in Kalamazoo and running both cross country and track.  Competing under Mike Wojciakowski at Aquinas College Brendan helped the Saints to back to back 5th place finishes at the cross country national championships. In his final track season the NAIA national Championship marathon was the main focus. After qualifying with a win at the Martin Half Marathon in a time of 1:11:12, lead to disappointment in Golf Shores Alabama in the marathon. Taking this fitness into post collegiate running at the Grand Rapids Marathon, he became the youngest ever winner at the age of 22 in a time of 2:28:17. Now running for Playmakers/New Balance Elite, Brendan is looking explore the post college running opportunities. 

Personal Records:1500- 3:58, 5000- 15:04, 8000- 25:07, 1/2 Marathon- 1:11:12 (Martin Marathon 1st Place) Marathon- 2:28.17 ( Grand Rapids Marathon 1st Place 2014) 

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Griffin Bohannon 

Bio - I am 31 year-old teacher and coach at Donald L. Pavlik Middle School located in Alma, MI. I competed in cross-country and track for Alma High School, but never ran at the collegiate level. I got back into running in my mid-twenties and have found some success on the roads. In late 2016, I joined the Red Cedar Running Club and, under Coach Karen Lutzke's tutelage, I have made tremendous improvements in all distances ranging from 5k to the marathon. My first child was born on May 25 of 2018 and I can't wait for him to spend his first birthday cheering me on at my favorite event. 


Personal Bests

- 15:23 for 5k (1st place at the 2018 Human Race in Mt. Pleasant, MI) 

- 1:11:38 HM (en route to a 20th place finish at the 2018 USATF 25k National Championships) 

- 2:25:17 marathon (1st place and course record, 2018 Grand Rapids Marathon) 


Women’s Half Marathon (Maximum Reached for 2019)

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Melissa Broyles


Fifth Third Riverbank 25K- May 4th overall Female Masters Elite 

Wineglass Marathon- Corning City, NY- Sept 30, 2018. 1st Overall Female Masters Elite Program


Indianapolis Monumental Marathon- Current Personal Best Date: November 5th Finish Time: 2:59:18/6:50 pace

CRIM 10 Mile Competitive Race. Location: Flint, Michigan Time: 1:05:30/6:33 pace 3rd in AG 

Capital City River Run Half Marathon Location:  Lansing, Michigan Time: 1:27:55 3rd overall female- 1st AG


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Sarah Boyle

My name is Sarah Boyle. I ran for MSU '05-'09 and was 3x NCAA steeplechase qualifier. I have represented Team USA on 2 international cross country teams. One at the Great Edinburgh BUPA Challenge and the other at NACAC in Jamaica, both in January of 2013. In 2014, I won my first 1/2 marathon- Detroit International Half Marathon (only my 2nd half ever run at the time). I defended my title in 2015, and came back in 2018 to win again! In 2015, I qualified for Indoor USA championships in the 2 mile at placed 8th with a time of 9:56. In 2016, I qualified for Indoor USA championship in 3000m and ran 9:08 to place 8th. Following this, I qualified for 2016 OT in the 3000m steeplechase after taking a 7 year breaking from racing this event. I ran a personal best of 9:50 to qualify. My first kid was born in Dec 2013 and my second kid was born in May 2017 and this leads me to where I am now :) Sarah is currently racing for the Good Sense Coffee Racing Team.

Personal Bests:

  • 5K- 15:55 (road), 16:08 (track)

  • 4 Mile: 20:51 (road)

  • 10K- 33:45 (road)

  • Half: 1:14:05

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Amber Dermyre

I’ve been running all my life but competitively since 2011, when my sister passed away at a young age it as my outlet and I’ve been hooked ever since 

Personal Bests:

  • Rock Cf half half marathon 2nd female 1:24:20

  • Overall female Milford 30k 2:08:03

  • NYC marathon 3:01:44

  • Growlers gallop 5k 18:04

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Emily Drees

My name is Emily Drees. I am 25 years old and currently attend graduate school in Boulder, Colorado, where I train with the Boulder Track Club. I ran with the Michigan Running Club while I pursued my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. I have improved greatly since moving to Colorado, placing first in my age group at the 2018 BolderBoulder 10k and the 2018 Fortitude 10k. Most recently, I placed 5th at the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Half Marathon, with a 4 minute PR over my previous best time. I am excited to see what more I can accomplish in the sport of running!


Personal Bests:

5k (at altitude)- 17:59, Evergreen Town Race (Evergreen, CO), August 2017 http://racingunderground.racetecresults.com/MyResults.aspx?uid=16436-191-1-102967

10k (at altitude) - 38:33, Fortitude 10k (Fort Collins, CO), September 2018 http://fc18.onlineraceresults.com/individual.php?bib=AA221

Half Marathon - 1:21:08, Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Half Marathon (San Antonio, TX), December 2018 https://www.runrocknroll.com/en/events/san-antonio/the-races/half-marathon/2018-results/athlete?id=92



Men’s Half Marathon (Maximum Reached for 2019)

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Stephen Biebelhausen

I am a post-collegiate runner that ran at Miami University (OH). I am currently in medical school at Chicago Medical School and find my runs a nice break from studying everyday. I am currently trying to move into longer distances and looking at the Chicago Marathon as my debut.


1500 – 3:47, 5K – 14:24, 10K – 31:35, Half – 1:09:54

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Patrick Miller

My name is Patrick Miller and I'm 24 years old. I was born and raised in Howell, Michigan. I didn't run track until my senior year of high school and didn't have the times to be recruited to run collegiately. I started running more as a hobby in college but suffered numerous injuries all four years. Once I became healthy, I started my first consistent training plan near the end of 2017. I quickly started to improve and found success, placing second at the 2018 Bayshore Half Marathon in the spring and second at the Grand Rapids Marathon this past October. As I continue my training, I'm extremely excited to see where the sport of running will take me!


Personal Bests:

Half Marathon: 1:12:47

Full Marathon: 2:27:25

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Zach Ripley


- 14:17 5k (GVSU indoor track, December 2014)

- 29:33 10k (Stanford track, April 2014)

- 1:05:11 half marathon (Detroit, October 2018)

- 1:18:03 25k (Grand Rapids, May 2016)

- 2:18:26 marathon (Chicago, October 2015)


Zach focuses primarily on the marathon. He competed in the 2016 Olympic Marathon US trials an has finished top 10 in the US 25k championships 3 times (2014, 2015, 2016). He has won the Detroit International Half Marathon 3 times (2013, 2014, 2018) where he currently holds the course record. He is a member of Q Elite Track Club, based out of Grand Rapids, MI, and is supported by Endurance Rehabilitation and Athletics (athleticrehabilitation.com). To find Zach on Strava, search Zach Ripley.


Tom Windle

I just graduated Wayne State University with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I plan to do Travel Physical Therapy in the near future to pursue my dream of seeing different parts of the country. I am a current member of Red Cedar Running Club and also ran for Adrian College at the NCAA DIII level. 


Personal bests:

1500m- 3:52

5000m- 14:46

10 mile Crim 2017: 52:45

Detroit free press international half marathon: 1:09:42 for 3rd place overall