Kyle Brumbaugh (35) began his running career at the young age of 11. Full of energy his parents were looking for a way to channel his energy into something useful –they found his sport. Running fit the bill perfectly and he thrived into a competitive runner throughout his middle school and high school career including multiple state qualifications in cross country, a school record set in 1998 which stands years later in the 4×800, and in 1998 a second place finish at the OHSAA Track & Field Championships in the 4×800 meter relay. After high school, he ran the Columbus marathon in an attempt to fulfill a lifelong dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. After obtaining an injury at mile 18 and dropping his pace from a 2:55 marathon to 3:25 he finished but missed the cutoff for qualification. After that, he took a break from racing while he completed college and master’s degree. He was 26 years old when he picked up racing again and set his sights on qualifying for the Boston marathon again.
His first marathon back was the 2007 Flying Pig Marathon where he ran 3:59. It was a start and he proceeded to post better times until 2009 when, yet again, injury struck again during a trail race. Two discs (L4/L5) had been ruptured and he went through 5 months of physical therapy, two doctors telling him he was done with running, and finally he met with a doctor that would do the surgery (microdiscectomy) and claimed he would be back in no time. The surgery was successful and in 6 weeks he was running again. Nine months after surgery he ran another marathon and was on his way again to better marathon times. He also completed his first Ultra Marathon (50k) at Niagara Falls. After missing the cut off again at the Columbus Marathon in 2011 by 7 minutes (3:17) and making matters worse the BAA made the qualification standards five minutes faster (3:05), Kyle doubled down on his training. By the spring of 2012 he had significantly improved and accomplished his dream in an unconventional way by qualifying for the Boston Marathon with a 2:58 setting a personal best by 19 minutes while on a training run that he signed up for to complete a 20 mile run as a race simulation. As he ran by his wife at mile 20 waiting to pick him up he mentioned to her how good he felt and he was “just going to finish the race”. He then proceeded to set personal bests in each of his focused events within the next year.
- * 5K – 16:40
- * 10k – 35:45
- * Half Marathon – 1:20:54
- * Marathon – 2:51:50 @ 2013 Boston Marathon
In 2014 he began training for triathlons in an attempt to round out his total body fitness and completed two ½ Ironman’s that year IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie and IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead. He also won the 2014 Air Force 10k in Dayton, Ohio.
Kyle loves running and sharing stories and training techniques that got him to the level he is today. He enjoys giving back to the running community volunteering and pacing and always finished at the respective time assigned.
Kyle is married to his wife (Nicole) and has two daughters Emma (3) and Olivia (5). He Runs for Runner Plus Elite, works in Information Technology, and lives in Tipp City, Ohio.