ZACHARY BARKER

Personal Bests

1 Mile - 4:22.00

3,000m - 8:52.45

3,000m SC - 9:37.80 

5,000m - 15:16.81 

8,000m - 25:05 

10,000m - 32:46.20

Half Marathon -1:12.00 

Marathon - 2:52:21

About Zachary: Zach is now pursuing longer distance running with a focus on the half-marathon and marathon. He has run three marathons since graduating college, running 2:58:13 during the Wineglass Marathon in 2014, 2:55:25 during the Shamrock Marathon in 2015, and 2:52:21 during the 2016 Boston Marathon.  Zach wants to use his running and his story to encourage others.  He currently works as a sales and marketing representative for MBT-USA selling footwear throughout the Northeast United States.

NCAA Career: Zachary competed for Liberty University from 2010-2014. During his time in the collegiate system, Zach saved his best for last with a great senior year in 2013-2014. During his last cross country season he posted a personal best of 25:05.1 in the 8k and went on to finish 11th at the Big South Conference Championships, garnering all-conference honors and playing a pivotal role as the 4th man for Liberty's winning team. Randomly deciding to run the mile during the indoor season, Zach ran a 4:22 for a four second PR, earning him a spot as the anchor for Liberty's DMR team at the Big South Indoor Conference meet. He highlighted Liberty's DMR with a 4:18 split while leading them to a podium spot with a third place finish.

Zach's Goals: The biggest goal for Zach is to work on his fitness and continually enjoy the gift of running.  He would like to run sub 15 for the 5k, sub 1:10:00 for the half-marathon, and sub 2:30:00 for the marathon

 

A word from the coach: 

"Zach has been my best friend for 5 years and I'm continually amazed at his character and perspective he has on life and running. He is a talented runner and I believe he could run under 2:25 in the marathon in a few years. He is humble and is very intrinsically motivated to improve himself in every area of life. I am very lucky and happy to be coaching him and am excited to see what he accomplishes on and off the track."

2015 STATISTICS

1:12.00 - Half Marathon - Anthem Richmond Half Marathon

2:55:25 - Marathon - Shamrock Marathon

2016 STATISTICS

4:23.74 - Mile Run - Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational

2:52:21 - Marathon - Boston Marathon