After jogging cross country in high school, Kieran re-discovered running as a senior in college, goaded into running regularly by a group of friends from his dorm at Notre Dame. Upon moving to New York, he was foolishly inspired by the 2009 NYC Marathon and made his marathon debut at the same race in 2010. Unfortunately, he has since adopted the marathon as his distance of choice, most successfully in the 2016 Olympic Trials. On a day where over a third of the field wilted in hot conditions, Kieran logged an impressive 24th place finish in 2:21:37.
Since joining GRC, Kieran has set too many PR’s to count – and sometimes in practice! A RunWashington piece published in February 2016 covers Kieran’s meteoric improvement: New baby, 24th place Olympic Marathon Trials finish highlight O’Connor’s week
Moving forward, Kieran hopes to continue to turn heads with a long-term eye towards the 2020 Olympic Trials.
5k: 14:35 (Road Club Record)
8k – 24:43
15k – 46:49 (Club Record)
10 miles – 49:30 (en route)
13.1 – 1:04:39 (Club Record)
26.2 – 2:18:52