SACRAMENTO, Calif. —- Sacramento State cross country/distance coach Aaron Braun was selected to represent the United States at the upcoming Pan American Games. Braun will compete in the men's marathon which will be held on Saturday, July 27, in Lima, Peru. He will be one of two male runners for Team USA.
"I'm really proud to have the opportunity to compete to my best abilities while representing my country, family and Sacramento State," Braun said. "My goal is to be an example of how I want my athletes to compete; have a great attitude, give an amazing effort, and enjoy the thrill of competing against myself and my peers."
A decorated collegiate runner, Braun was a 16-time NCAA Div. II All-American while competing at Adams State. In 2009, he was selected by the USTFCCCA as the Div. II indoor and outdoor track and field athlete of the year. Braun continued to compete following college where he was fifth in the 10K at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. He also recorded the second best finish by an American at the 2018 Chicago Marathon where he ran 2:12.54 for an average of 5:04 per mile.
That race, however, was his most recent at that distance as Braun stepped away from competitive racing to focus on coaching at Sacramento State and spend time with his family.