Santa Barbara, CA — Fresh off of a breakthrough performance at the 2017 California International Marathon—where he ran 2:12:28 to snag second place in the race and the USATF Marathon Championships—Tyler McCandless has signed on as the newest member of the rabbitPRO team. For McCandless, an NCAA Division I All American in the 10,000 meters during his time at Penn State University, this exciting new chapter in his career is possible because he has achieved a unique balance between his life as a runner and his demanding career in the energy industry, which makes good use of his PhD in Meteorology.
After a dream season in 2010, which included the aforementioned All American honors and during which McCandless maintained a 4.0 GPA and passed his PhD candidacy exams, he decided that focusing more on running would be the path to even greater success. Experience proved him wrong, though, and McCandless soon realized that he needed more in his life than just running. “My results steadily declined in performance and I was consistently over-training and missing the intellectual stimulation. I re-started the PhD program and completed the PhD prior to the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials, and lowered my half marathon PR and my marathon PR both by nearly two minutes while in graduate school.”
Looking toward the future, McCandless is focused on achieving continued success in what has become his signature event. “At the age of 31, I still feel young in the marathon and my best years are definitely ahead of me. I look forward to the challenges of continuing to balance family, work and running with the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials seemingly rapidly approaching”
Reflecting on the continued sacrifice that that will require, McCandless credits his strong support system for keeping the fire going. “There are certainly weeks where I’m running 100 miles and working 50+ hours, but the support of my incredible wife Kristin, my coach Steve Jones, my training partners, my family and my friends make those hard weeks incredibly rewarding. I’m also really looking forward to being a strong contributor to the rabbitPRO team, working together to achieve our goals and make a positive impact on the running community!”
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