Cherry runs 2:16 marathon, qualifies for Olympic Trials again

June 20, 2015
Jesse Cherry running

Cherry winning Oakland Marathon in March

Chugiak’s Jesse Cherry is going back to the Olympic Trials in the marathon.

The 28-year-old today ran a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 34 seconds at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, to meet the B standard and earn an automatic berth for the second time.

“You can find me at the Olympic Marathon Trials in LA on 2/13/2016,” Cherry wrote on Facebook.

He also qualified for the Trials in 2012.

Cherry is one of just six Alaskans to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. The others are Chris Clark and Kristi [Klinnert] Waythomas, David Morris, Kris Mueller and Will Kimball.

Cherry, of Chugiak High fame, won the Oakland Marathon in March in 2:25:14 – his first race in three years.


Here are PRs for the top 10 Alaska marathoners:

David Morris 2:09:32 1999
Jesse Cherry 2:16:31 2012
Rick Wilhelm 2:17:00 1991
Kris Mueller 2:19:26 1986
Matt Adams 2:20:27 2014
Will Kimball 2:21:28 1999
Micheal Wisniewski 2:22:29 2009
Bob Murphy 2:22:47 1983
Andy Ferguson 2:23:33 1986
Paul Ruston 2:23:56 1995