As the winner of the 2014 Shamrock Shuffle and as the second American across the line at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, Riley is familiar with the fast streets of Chicago and the enthusiastic fans lining them. October 13 marks a career comeback for a runner with massive potential heading into 2020.
Name: Jacob Riley
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Chicago is the site of both his 26.2-mile debut and his personal best, 2:13:16. He went on to finish 15th at the notoriously hot and humid 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles, and then he disappeared from the sport for almost three years. Riley underwent Achilles surgery in 2018, and he has re-emerged this year under the guidance of the Boulder Track Club and coach Lee Troop.
More About Jacob Riley:
Riley graduated from Stanford in 2011 as a two-time Academic All-American and an eight-time AllAmerican. He finished as high as third in the NCAA Division I National Championships 10,000m. He continued his focus on the track after graduating and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 5000m and 10,000m.