Tyler McCandless is a top American distance runner, scientist with a Ph.D. in Meteorology, and is one of the founders of The Kauai Marathon Youth Program, a Marathon he has participated in for nine years. He has competed in two Olympic Marathon Trials and qualified for a third with his 2:12:28 marathon to finish 2nd at the USA Marathon Championships in December 2017. In the spring 2020, Tyler is heading to compete in the 2020 Olympic Trials after racing the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado as a Machine Learning Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and is currently working on various projects in the Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) including using machine learning techniques to improve wind and solar power prediction for a project in Kuwait, and building an algorithm to improve wildfire prediction.
On todays episode, Marni and Tyler sync up about where athletics and Marathoning began, consitency in training and maintaining a healthy body, weather and racing, his work in Hawaii, Boulder, and Kuwait, and of course, the TCS NYC Marathon.
Tyler’s won four marathons: the Kauai Marathon in Hawaii in 2011-2013; and also the Iwaki City Marathon in Japan in 2012. In July of 2011 Tyler was awarded the Road Runners Club of America Roads Scholarship, which is an award to assist American post-collegiate runners who show great promise to develop into national and world-class distance running athletes. Tyler has had a successful 3+ years under coach Steve Jones. Highlights include a half-marathon PR of 1:03:14, four top ten finishes at 2014 USA Championships and PRs in distances from the 10k (29:19-Peachtree) to the marathon (2:15:26-Twin Cities). He also earned the prestigious honor of being named the Collegiate Running Association Male Athlete of the Year in 2014.
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