Prior to Saturday's U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in Los Angeles we caught up with Hiruni Wijayaratne, 25, of Evansville, Ind. to learn more about her running, how she felt when she learned she had qualified for the Trials, and her life beyond running; including, who she would most like to have lunch with, her role model, her favorite athlete, and something a bit unique about herself. Also learn how she went from missing the qualifying time by 1 second to learning she had qualified when the standards were modified in December.
This will be Hiruni’s first Olympic Trials.
So let's get to know Hiruni a bit better...
I wanted to "get in shape for Spring soccer" my freshman year of high school. I ran XC, and never looked back!
2014 Indianapolis monumental marathon. I ran 2:43.34
I found out I had qualified for the Trials when USATF announced the adjusted qualifying times in December.
Herndon High School (2009), Herdon, Virginia
University of Kentucky - 2013 (bachelor) 2014 (Masters)
Nothing special. My college career was very mediocre
Executive Team Leader for Target Corp
I was born in Sri Lanka.
Progression long runs. These force you to run fast on tired legs. I ways feel so accomplished after nailing a good progression!
Boulder, Colorado. However my favorite place to train in my home town in on the Evansville Greenway. It's marked every half mile, and the elevation changes make you work hard!
LOVE Dairy Queen Blizzards.
Agent Derek Morgan from Criminal Minds (He's my celeb crush)
My mom. She's not athletic by any means, but she taught me to work hard and never yield, When chasing dreams.
My fiancé Luis Orta
I'd love to run a PR and feel competitive doing so!