PR: 2:05:38 WR (2002)
Born: December 22, 1971 in Meknes, Morocco
Current Residence: Ossining, N.Y.
Colleges: The University of Mohammed the Fifth and University of Moulay Ismair
Coach: Esther Jimenes
Agent: Sandra Khannouchi
Club: New Balance
Career Highlights: U.S. men's marathon record holder; 4-time Chicago Marathon winner; 2002 London Marathon champion
Khannouchi returned to marathon competition in 2006 with a fourth-place finish in the Flora London Marathon. His time of 2:07:04 marked the fourth time as an American that he has bettered the 2:08.00 barrier, and he is the only American ever to achieve that feat. It was his fastest marathon time since winning the 2002 London Marathon in a then world record time of 2:05:38. As a promising young runner during the early 1990s, Khalid Khannouchi of Morocco asked the track federation of his home country for assistance with training expenses. When the federation refused assistance, Khannouchi traveled to the United States in 1992, found a job in Brooklyn washing dishes, took up residence with three friends in an apartment and then began serious training. Khannouchi married American Sandra Inoa (a runner he met at a 5k race in Hartford, Conn.) in September 1996 and applied for his green card two months later. He was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on May 2, 2000. Khannouchi ran very well in smaller road races in the U.S. before running the fastest debut marathon in history to win the 1997 Chicago Marathon. Two years later, Khannouchi ran the fastest time ever in the marathon at Chicago on October 24, 1999. He bettered that time by four seconds when he won the 2002 London Marathon on April 14 (2:05:38). That record was broken by Paul Tergat at the 2003 Berlin Marathon (2:04:55)… Khannouchi, who was contracted to run the 2000 London Marathon on April 16, finished third in 2:08:36. Due to hamstring injuries from that competition, he was unable to compete in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials three weeks later in Pittsburgh. … He experienced back spasms at the 2001 Utica Boilermaker, dropping out of the road race and missing 8 days of training leading up to the World Outdoor Championships in Edmonton, which was to be his first international competition as a U.S. citizen. In Edmonton, Khannouchi dropped out midway through the race due to blisters, struggling with the heat and the pushing and shoving in the pack. The only marathoner ever to break the 2:06 barrier on three occasions, Khannouchi was presented with USATF’s Pacesetter Award at the 2002 USATF Annual Meeting. The award is presented on special occasions to individuals who embody the highest ideals of the organization.
4th at Flora London Marathon
(2:07:04)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2:07:04.
2005: 8th at the USA 5 km Championships (14:18)...best of 14:18.
2004: Did not run Olympic Trials marathon due to injury...5th at Chicago Marathon (2:08:44)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2:08:44.
2003: 10th at Peachtree Road Race (29:12)...7th at Steamboat Classic (28:11)...1st at Kyoto City Half Marathon (1:02:15)...3rd at San Blas Half Marathon (1:05:06)...best of 1:02:15.
2002: Won the London Marathon in a world-record time of 2:05:38 on April 14...won fourth career La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:05:56... won Kyoto Half-Marathon on March 10 in 1:02:16...bests of 2:05:38 & 1:02:16.
2001: 6th at Peachtree Road Race 10k (28:38) ...DNF World Outdoor Championships (foot blisters).
2000: Set American record by winning LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:07:01 on October 22, his first marathon as a U.S. citizen...3rd at London Marathon in 2:08:36...U.S. citizen on May 2...Won San Blas Half-Marathon (1:05:01) and Philadelphia Distance Run half-marathon (1:01:17), ranked #3 in world (#1 U.S.)...best of 2:07:01.
1999: Won LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in world record time of 2:05:42...best of 2:05:42.
1998: 2nd at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:07:19...best of 2:07:19.
1997: Won LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:07:10, the fastest marathon debut in history...best of 2:07:10.