PR: 2:15:13 (2006)
Born: Aug. 3, 1980
Current Residence: Shelby Township, Mich.
High School: Schlarman (Danville, Ill.) HS ‘98
College: Eastern Illinois University ‘03
Coach: Keith Hanson, Kevin Hanson
Agent: Keith Hanson, Kevin Hanson
Club: Hansons-Brooks Running Project
10-time Ohio Valley Conference champion in
track and cross country
Following a standout collegiate career at Eastern Illinois University, O’Brien decided in 2003 to put law school on hold and take his shot at a career as a professional runner. O’Brien moved to Rochester Hills, Mich., to begin training with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, and since then he’s set personal bests in the 1,500, 3,000m, 5,000, 10,000 and marathon. At Division I Eastern Illinois University, he had run in 10 Ohio Valley Conference championship races and won nine of them. He was OVC Athlete of the Year in cross- country, indoor and outdoor track in his senior year, and was named the league's 2002-03 All-Sport Athlete of the Year, an honor almost always reserved for higher-profile stars in football or basketball. He began his college career at Danville Community College, where he was a four-time All- American in cross-country and track. Soon after joining Hansons, O’Brien increased his mileage from 90 to 120 miles per week causing stress fractures in both of his tibias, which is no longer a problem. Named 2004 Michigan Runner Male Runner of the Year.
World Outdoor Championships marathon (2:28:28)…20th at USA
Half-Marathon Champs (1:04:44)…did not finish Olympic Trials – Men’s
Marathon…bests of 1:04:44 & 2:28:28.
2006: 16 at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (2:15:13)…18th at Boston Marathon…best of 2:15:13.
2005: 14th at USA 10 Mile Champs (49:07)…3rd at Motive Bison Stampede Half-Marathon…10th at USA 25 km Champs (1:19:42).
2004: 3rd at Detroit Free Press Marathon.