Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Feature on Marathon Olympic Trials Qualifier: Ariana Hilborn

In June 2008, Ariana Hilborn completed her very first marathon (Grandma's) in a respectable time of 4:36. This Saturday she hopes to complete her eleventh (11th) 26.2 mile race as one of the best female marathoners in American.

A member of the Brooks Inspire Daily Program, Ariana Hilborn is a 31-year-old teacher living in Scottsdale, AZ (originally from Greendale, WI).
When Ariana qualified for the Olympic Trials in January of this past year (2:45:35) she decided to take a year off teaching to train. Currently, she works part-time at Sole Sports (a local running store).

With the help of her support team, husband (Matt) and black lab (Tank), she set a huge personal best at Grandma's marathon (6/11) of 2:37:29, well under the trials standard of 2:46:00.

Ariana is from a family of aspiring runners. The day after she toes the line at the USA Marathon Olympic Trials, her sister, brother, and father will all be running their first marathons at the Houston Marathon. What a fabulous way to finish of an already exciting weekend!
Ariana Hilborn after the 2011 America's Finest City Half marathon in San Diego.

Good luck Ariana!

Reach Ariana at http://arianahilborn.com/


Jenn said...

How inspiring!!! That is a MASSIVE improvement in 3 years!!! I ran Grandma's in June too. I was right behind her but let her beat me on the final stretch.....ha ha!

Raina said...

4:36 to 2:37...not too shabby! I guess she figured out how to race :)

Best wishes to Ariana at Houston!!

Laura said...

What an awesome story! I love learning about some of the lesser known Trials runners. So inspiring!