Events:   3000m to half marathon

Hometown:Seattle, WA

College competed for:Tufts University

All-Time Personal Bests:

-       1500m:      4:05.73

-       3000m:      8:28.76

-       5k:             14:39.64

-       8k:             25:04 (XC)

-       10k            31:19.61

-       12k:           39:45

-       15k:           49:52

-       Half Marathon: 1:11:18

-       3000m Steeple: 9:27        

Career Highlights:

-       Cutthroat Classic course record holder

-       2015 Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon, 1st Place

-       2015 Portland Track Festival, Seattle vs. Portland 5000m, 5th place

-       2014 Fremont 5k, 1st place

-       2014 USATF Northwest XC Championships, 3rd place

-       2014 First Night 5k, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2nd place

-       2013  USATF New England Indoor Championships, 3000m, 4th place 

-       Multiple-time NCAA Division III National Qualifier and NCAA Academic All American

-       Multiple-time All New England and All NESCAC performer

Work: I’m an urban planner at the Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development. I work on land use policy, urban design, and the City’s Equitable Development Initiative. I do some GIS and graphic design consulting work as well.

Volunteer Work:  Lakeside School Cross Country Assistant Coach, 2013-2014

Personal Information:  I started running with my dad, longtime CNW member Phil Welch, when I was 10 years old and shortly after with the Rain City Flyers youth track team. In high school, I helped my team qualify for the 3A State Championship and ran the 3,200m at the state meet the following spring. I ran cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track at Tufts University, where I ran competed twice at the national level in XC and track and later coached our distance program for three years during graduate school.

Since moving home to Seattle in 2013, I’ve continued to go after my college PRs and, in 2015, ran the second-fastest 5000m of my life. A glimmer of hope. I’ve raced five times at the USATF Club XC Nationals, including the last three years for Club Northwest. I hope to take a few more cracks at my lifetime bests on the track before focusing more on longer races.

My wife Ana ran at Saratoga Springs High School and Tufts, where we met, and is an elementary school teacher in Seattle. We live in the U District.

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