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.

2018 Athletes

Women’s Marathon

 
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Michelle Post

I like to run, a lot. It’s my favorite way to explore. Sometimes I like to run slow, and sometimes I try to be fast. My personal best in the marathon is 2:52:01 (2014). Last year, I ran a 2:57 on the Bayshore course. My goal is to get closer to 2:50 in the 2018 race.

Personal Bests:

  • Marathon: 2:52:01 Chicago Marathon 2014

  • Half Marathon: 1:23:19 Capital City River Run 2014

  • 10 Mile: 1:01:33 LMCU Bridge Run 2013

  • 10k: 37:36 Steve Raider’s Stomp 2013

  • 5k: 17:34 Otsego Ready or Not 2013

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Sarah Kasabian-Larson

My name is Sarah Kasabian-Larson and I live in Alma, MI. I run for the Red Cedar Running Club, have completed 16 marathons (winning 6 of them).

Personal Bests:

  • Marathon: 2:52:50 -Bayshore Marathon 2018

  • Half Marathon: 1:22:56 -Toledo Corning Half Marathon 2016

  • 10 Mile: 1:03:39 -Mint City 10 Miler 2017

  • 15k: 58:54 -Steamboat Classic 2016

  • 5k (road PR): 18:11 -Lansing Turkey Trot 2017

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Marissa Martz

I began running in 2012 and since then have run 27 marathons. I had my first marathon win in 2015 at the Whitefish Point Marathon. My best placement at the Bayshore Marathon was in 2016 with second place (2:58:47). I spent last year training for the Comrades Marathon (86.8 kilometers) in South Africa and am excited to return to training and competing in the marathon this year.

Personal Bests:

  • Marathon - 2:53:54 (Chicago Marathon 2016)

  • Half Marathon - 1:27:28 (Park2Park Half Marathon 2013)

  • 10K - 38:41 (Farmington Run for the Hills 2016)

  • 5K - 18:31 (Tulip Time 5K 2015)

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Jordan Chester

Hi there! My name is Jordan Chester and I am currently training post-collegiately to hit an Olympic standard for the women’s marathon in hopes of running at the Olympic trials in 2020. When I’m not running you can find me either working inside a hospital laboratory, reading, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and even taking my cat on an occasional walk.

Personal Bests:

  • 5K (track): 16:52

  • 5K (road): 17:34 at 2017 Irish Jig

  • Half-marathon: 1:20:45 at 2016 Grand Rapids Half Marathon

  • Marathon: 2:50:30 at 2017 Bayshore Marathon

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Laura Portis

Winner of the 2016 Bayshore Marathon. Runner Up at the 2017 Bayshore Half Marathon.

Personal Bests:

Marathon: Twin Cities USATF Championships 2013: 2:33:42

 

Men’s Marathon

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Connor Kamm

Raised at altitude in Salt Lake City, Utah, Connor ran for Williams College and was a National Champion in the 5,000m. Since graduating in 2010, Connor has worked as a full-time Spanish teacher in Nashville, TN and now Ypsilanti, Michigan. Connor is sponsored by Ann Arbor Running company and powered by sweet potatoes.

Personal Bests

  • 1500m - 3:49

  • 3000m - 8:14

  • 5000m -14:26

  • 13.1 miles - 65:29

  • 26.2 miles - 2:20:48 (2018 Bayshore Marathon)

  • Donut mile - 5:12

  • 1.25L water - 0:13

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Matt McSween

I launched my running career at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, MI before moving on to compete collegiately for Michigan State University. As a post-collegiate I’ve continued to train competitively with the goal of transitioning into the marathon. In 2014 I won the Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run (53:12, 10 mile) and finished 6th in the Detroit Free Press Marathon (2:30:36). I placed 5th in the 2015 Bayshore Marathon (2:27:44)and achieved my first marathon win at the 2016 Bayshore Marathon (2:24:32).

Personal Bests:

  • 5K - 15:15

  • 10 Mile - 51:21

  • 25K - 1:23:21

  • Marathon - 2:24:32

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Luke Humphrey

In the fall of 2004, I was welcomed to “walk on” again at the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project where I have qualified for three United States Marathon Olympic Trials.

My coaching company, Hanson’s Coaching Services currently coaches 100’s of athletes on an individual basis and has provided training plans to thousands of runners since 2006.

Personal Bests:

  • Marathon 2:14:38

  • Half Marathon 1:03:57

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Jason Witt

I ran at Brigham Young University (graduated in 2015) and was a 3-time All-American (once in 5k indoors, and twice in the 10k outdoors). My highest finish at an NCAA Championship race was3rd place in the outdoor 10k in 2015. I then ran professionally with the Hansons-Distance Project from 2015-2017. I still currently live and train in Rochester Hills, MI.

Personal Bests:

  • Marathon - 2:17:31 (Chicago)

  • Half Marathon 1:06:30 (Jacksonville)

 

Women’s Half Marathon

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Tammy Nowik

Personal Bests:

  • 1 Mile -5:25

  • 5K -17:53

  • 10K -37:28

  • 10 Mile -1:02:07

  • Half Marathon -1:22:04

  • 25K -1:39:25

  • Marathon -2:53:41

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Kendra Foley

Personal Bests:

  • 1500 : 4.27 (2016 Outdoor)

  • Mile: 4.45 (2016 Indoor)

  • 3000: 9.29 (2017 Indoor)

  • 5000:16.01 (2017 Indoor)

  • 10,000: 34.16 (2017 Outdoor)

  • XC 6k: 20.01 (2016)

  • Half Marathon: 1.16.41 (2018)

 

Men’s Half Marathon

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Justin Pfruender

Running club: Twin City Track Club - Winston Salem, NC

Running Coach: self coached

University attended & year of graduation: Calvin College, 2002 Running awards & recognition: 6 time NCAA DIII All-American 1999-2002

Personal Bests:

5k: 15:26

10k: 32:27

Half marathon: 1:10:06

Marathon: 2:33:37

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Matt Melvin

Hometown: Saline, MI

Age: 26

Team: Playmakers Elite/New Balance

2017 Bayshore Half Winner

Personal Bests:

  • Half Marathon - 1:08:43 (2018 Bayshore)

  • 8K - 24:36

  • 5K - 14:50