KELLYN TAYLOR September 15,2016
You’d be hard-pressed to find a tougher athlete than Kellyn on the pro running circuit. She’s a mom to four-year-old Kylyn, while at the same time running 100 miles a week and studying to be a firefighter. Yes, that’s right. When she finishes her running career she’s going to fight fires!
In 2012, Kellyn finished tenth in the 10,000 meters and qualified for the finals in the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. In 2013 she was fourth at the U.S. 10 Mile Championships (54:19), the top American at the Bloomsday 12k, she won the Green Bay Half Marathon (1:12:27), was sixth at the U.S. 5k Championships (16:01), won the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon (1:13:02) and was fifth at the inaugural .US National Road Racing Championships over 12k (39:47). In 2014 where she was 4th at the USA XC Championships, won the NACAC XC Championships, won the Collegiate Running Association 10k title won the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon (1:11:51) and won the USA 25k Championships by nearly two minutes. She also PR’d at 5k (15:21) and finished 5th at the USA Outdoor Championships. In 2015, she shot to the very top of U.S. marathoning, running a 2:28:40 at the Chevron Houston Marathon, the sixth-fastest American debut of all time. She went on to PR over 10k (32:29) and the half marathon (1:10:59) later that year. Her 2016 began with a 6th place finish at the United States Olympic Trials Marathon.
A graduate of Wichita State University in Kansas, Kellyn was one of the school’s top distance runners of all-time. She finished third at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships behind only stars Sarah Bowman (Tennessee) and Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech).
"Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will."
- 5,000m – 15:21.93 (2014)
- 10,000m – 32:29.88 (2015)
- 25K – 1:25:26 (2014)
- Half Marathon – 1:10:59 (2015)
- Marathon – 2:28:40 (2015)