Tyler is a top American distance runner, PhD student, and coach. Tyler lives and trains in beautiful Boulder, Colorado under the tutelage of coach Steve Jones.
In the spring of 2010, Tyler graduated with both BS and MS degrees in Meteorology from Penn State. In September of 2012, he re-enrolled at Penn State with a position at the National Center for Atmospheric Research to earn his PhD through collaborative research between NCAR and PSU. After passing his PhD Candidacy exams in November and passing his Comprehensive exams in June, he is anticipated to graduate in the summer of 2015. His current goal is to earn my PhD before the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials and be a contender for the Olympic team.
While he was at Penn State, he earned All-American Honors in the 10,000m run with a 12th place finish (5th American) at the NCAA D1 Championships in 2010. Since graduating college, he moved up the road races and marathons. Tyler’s won three marathons: the Kauai Marathon in Hawaii in 2011, and 2012; and also the Iwaki City Marathon in Japan in 2012. Tyler’s personal best marathon time of 2:17:09 was run at Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota in 2011. As one of the youngest qualifiers at the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012, Tyler ran a 2:19 marathon to place 50th. In July of 2011 Tyler was awarded the Road Runners Club of America Roads Scholarship, which is an award to assist American post-collegiate runners who show great promise to develop into national and world-class distance running athletes.
In 2013, Tyler has been on a tear wearing the Newton Running Elite uniform. The year started out with a top American finish at the Naples Half-Marathon, followed by a win at the Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15k, and a new course record performance at Hawaii’s biggest road race: The Great Aloha Run. In early April, Tyler recorded a new personal best 10 mile of 49:01 at the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile where he finished 8th overall and 1st American. The races earned Tyler the opportunity to compete on Team Colorado in Bolder Boulder’s prestigious International Team Competition. Tyler was the top finisher on Team Colorado in 17th place overall. On June 22nd the deepest US Championship field was assembled in Duluth, Minnesota for the US Half-Marathon Championships. A 1:03:16 half-marathon time brought Tyler to a 11th place finish out of 152 finishers in the championship event. Only eight days later, Tyler won the Double Road Race in Overland Park, Kansas and set a new World Best time of 45:15 (30:16, 14:58). The Double Road Race includes a 10k leg followed by a 5k leg with one hour and forty five minutes separating the two start times. Tyler continued his breakout year with a 6th place overall finish at the Utica Boilermaker 15k, which is a historic event in Utica, NY. On a humid day, Tyler ran a new 15k PR (45:16) and his 6th place finish was the highest finish by an american male in over 20 years!
At the end of August, Tyler traveled to Kauai, Hawaii for the Kauai Marathon. He also helped organize the Kauai Marathon Youth Program. He spoke at four elementary schools and ran with three different high schools teams to promote health, wellness, and inspire the elementary kids to compete in the Keiki races on Saturday before the marathon. In addition, Tyler was able to foster the donation of 90 pairs of shoes from Newton Running to the kids on the island. The event was an overwhelming success as 172 kids ran in the events.
After two weeks of presenting to the kids and organizing the Keiki races, Tyler prepared to defend his marathon win and break his 2011 course record of 2:23:19. With deeper competition, including a 2:16 marathoner and a 2:17 marathoner, Tyler cruised to his third consecutive win and shattered his course record with a 2:21:33. This time was nearly 15 minutes ahead of second place. With the new course record, no other man under 2:23:19, and no woman under 2:45, Tyler earned the entire $15,000 speed bonus prize purse.
In addition to competing at major road races, marathons, and US Championships, he’s the assistant Track and Cross Country Coach at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado. In the fall of 2011, the Centaurus boys cross country team won their first state championship in school history while the girls tied their highest finish with a 4th place finish. Tyler takes a lot of pride in mentoring the future runners of America to enjoy the sport of long distance running. Tyler also coaches a handful of passionate runners across the country to help them achieve their personal goals while enjoying the journey.
Tyler has been quoted or interviewed for various prestigious magazines and websites, including Running Times, Runner’s World, Active.com, RunnerSpace.com and flotrack.org. To contact Tyler directly, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.