I grew up in a suburb outside of Dayton, Ohio.  I was always involved in sports, whether it be gymnastics, dance, tennis or running.  My favorite quickly became running.  I began running my sophomore year in high school and by the time I graduated I had earned an Ohio State title in the two-mile.  I went on to run for the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio.  While there I became the first freshman in the Mid-American Conference to qualify to the NCAA cross country meet as an individual.  I also went on to earn Academic All-American honors.  With those successes also came many injuries.  I graduated in 2003 with a degree in Sport Organization and a minor in Coaching, determined to continue running competitively post-college despite a six-month lay-off from injury.  I coached high school distance teams and slowly got back into shape.  

Two years later I moved to Boulder, Colorado where I felt my running could be nurtured further.  I qualified for the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials in my first marathon in 2007. Since then I have run on a World team representing the United States in Nanning, China and I have also earned the qualifying time for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.

I will continue to chase after childhood dreams of mine on this road as a professional athlete.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to follow my passion and chase after dreams.  May I tackle each and every day with Excellence!

“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe.  Dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible.” – Unknow

~Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz



  1. Great job at the Cherry Blossom! Nice meeting you and your coach. Best of luck in running down your dream! ~ your chauffeur from Dulles 🙂

    • Thanks Jennifer, and thank you for volunteering! We couldn’t chase down our dreams if it weren’t for people like you who volunteer their time to help out. Enjoyed meeting you and getting to chat. Hope you get to race Cherry Blossom next year and maybe I’ll see you again in DC the first weekend of April!

  2. Kristen- it was super awesome hearing you speak at the roost event tonight. Thanks for your inspiration. I’ll be watching your journey and cheering you on!

    • Thanks Mollie! Great meeting you. Hope you reach the goals you set, have fun doing it, and never give up on the things you want! I always appreciate the support!

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