Prior to Saturday's U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in Los Angeles we caught up with Chris Bendtsen, 23, of New York to learn more about his running, how he felt when he learned he had qualified for the Trials, and his life beyond running; including, who he would most like to have lunch with, his role model, and his favorite athlete.
 
This will Chris’s first Olympic Trials.  
 
So let's GET TO KNOW Chris a bit better......

How did you start running:
I started doing short road races since about Kindergarten. My Mom and Dad both ran in college and all of their siblings were runners, so my cousins, sister, and I all grew up with the sport.

 
Where did you qualify for the Trials:
I qualified at the 2015 USATF Half Marathon Championships in Houston, with a time of 1:04:43 (1:05:00 was the standard).
 
Tell us about the point you realized you had qualified for the Trials and how it felt:
I was feeling very comfortable the entire race, but it wasn’t until the last 200 meters or so that I knew I had it. I was ecstatic as I came down the final stretch, and a bit surprised that the race went so perfectly for me. 
 
High School:
Wolcott High School, 2010 (Wolcott, CT)
 
High School Best Times:
1600m: 4:16
3200m: 8:58
 
 
High School Highlights:
Footlocker Finalist, National Cross Country Championships (2009)
All-American, New Balance Indoor Nationals 2mile, 6th place (2010)
New England Champion, Indoor and Outdoor 2mile (2010)
 
College:
Princeton University 2014
 
College Best Times:
3000m: 7:57
5000m: 13:57
10,000m: 28:49 (Princeton school record)
 
 
College Highlights:
2nd Team All-America: 10,000m, 9th place (2014)
Ivy League Champion: 5000m (2014)
Ivy League Champion: Cross Country (2012)
 
Club/Sponsor:
New York Athletic Club
 
Current Coach:
Self-coached
 
# of Olympic Trials:
No previous
 
Occupation:
Forecasting Analyst at eMarketer
 
Something unique about you:
I was born on Leap Year (2/29/92), so I’m turning 6 at the end of the month.
 
Favorite Workout:
1K repeats on the track
 
Favorite Place to Train:
Princeton, NJ
 
Favorite Food:
Peanut Butter
 
If you could have lunch with one person who would it be?     
Bill Rodgers
 
Dinner? 
Mark Zuckerberg
 
Your Role Model:
My Dad
 
Favorite Athlete:
Meb Keflezighi 
 
Goal at Trials:
Under 2:20
Meb Keflezighi 
 
Goal at the Trials:
Under 2:20

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