Tyler McCandless: Kauai’s Marathon Man

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 28, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM UTC
Tyler McCandless competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. Photo:

He’s out to break his own course record this weekend.

Boulder, Colo. resident Tyler McCandless has one mission this weekend in Hawaii: win the annual Kauai Marathon. And that goal isn’t a stretch.

After all, the 26-year-old former standout at Penn State won both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the event.

“I’m very fit,” McCandless admitted to the Garden Island that profiled him before his race.

McCandless has enjoyed a phenomenal year, having broken his PR at 13.1 miles in the U.S. Half Marathon Championships earlier this summer. His time for the distance was 1:03:16.

In Hawaii, McCandless especially wants to go after his own course record, which is 2:23:19 and was set in 2011.

“I feel very confident I can break the record,” he said. McCandless arrived to Kauai last week and has visited multiple schools to promote the sport of running.

“Running  is fun,” he said. “You can have wonderful experiences, meet a lot of people and have a great time. It’s not a chore.”


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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