In 7th grade, nerves almost stopped her from reaching her first starting line, but with the encouragement of her mom and coach, young Katie Howery had a great first race and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. An accountant by day, an elite runner by the crack of dawn, Katie, now Katie Scheimann, will toe the line at her first Olympic Trials this Saturday.
A collegiate runner for the University of Minnesota, Katie began to dabble in half marathons after her eligibility ended. Like most runners, she found the need for a new goal. She ran a 2:52 and won her debut, the 2009 Fox Cities Marathon. With this strong showing, Katie knew with a little more marathoning experience, an Olympic Trials Qualifier was within her grasp.
“After my first marathon my then-boyfriend clued me in that I could even qualify for the marathon trials and what the standard was. It certainly became my mission after that point!” Katie said. It took a few tries, she even thought it wasn’t meant to be at one point, but eventually Katie did just that; she qualified for the 2016 Marathon Trials on the last day of the two-and-a-half-year qualifying window and did it with her husband Christopher by her side. Read more >>