Roberta Groner’s story is both fascinating and inspiring. She ran her PR marathon of 2:29:06 last April in Rotterdam, good for fifth place. That gives her the 15th fastest time of any woman at the trials, but Roberta is 42 years old. Only two other American women over the age of 40 have run faster than 2:30: Deena Kastor and Colleen De Reuck. Roberta also works full time and is a single mother to three teenage boys. She fits in her 100 miles per week by getting up early and often running over her lunch hour.
Groner grew up in Pittsburgh and ran in college, but by her senior year, she was losing interest in the sport. She took about a decade entirely off of running, and when she started again, she tried out longer distances. She finished her first marathon in 2011; two years later, she broke the three hour mark at Boston. At that point, she started working towards an Olympic Trials qualifying time. She just missed the mark in 2015, when she ran 2:45:30 in New York, but then blew it out of the water by 2017 with a 2:30:38 at CIM. In late 2019, Groner began working with Steve Magness as her coach. Rotterdam was their first marathon together, but she also ran in the World Championship marathon in Doha last September and then came back and ran the NYC marathon in November. I caught up with Roberta by phone to chat about her path to the Trials. Read more >>