The Bayshore Marathon and Half Marathon have a limited amount of entries available 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.
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.
Marathon: 2:56:48 @ 2018 NYC Marathon
Half Marathon: 1:24:43 (half marathon split @ 2018 NYC Marathon)
36 years old, Sunfield, Mi
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
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.
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
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.
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
Marathon - 2:27:41
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:
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
Women’s Half Marathon
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
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.
5K- 15:55 (road), 16:08 (track)
4 Mile: 20:51 (road)
10K- 33:45 (road)
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
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
Men’s Half Marathon
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
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!
Half Marathon: 1:12:47
Full Marathon: 2:27:25
- 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.