Marcus Farris // Triathlon
Date of Birth04/20/1990
BirthplaceAngeles City, Philippines
Current ResidenceFairbanks, AK
StrengthsOlympic and Half Ironman Triathlon
During his four and a half years as an Army ROTC cadet at Auburn University, Marcus Farris trained almost exclusively for ultra marathons, running 19 within a three-year period leading to his penultimate ultra, the Pinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Race when he was 20 years old. At the tail end of his collegiate career, he joined the Auburn University Triathlon Club competing in two regional Olympic distance races and placing second overall in the open division at Collegiate Nationals in Tuscaloosa, AL in 2012. During his Engineer Basic Officer’s Leadership Course in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he spent a season racing with a USA Cycling license, competing in over a dozen mass start races and gaining a category upgrade within months of competition. He was assigned to the 6th Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK in 2013, and continued to pursue cycling and multi-sport competitions across the state. He secured a slot to the ITU World National Championships, at Age-Group Nationals in Milwaukee, WI, placing among the top 10% in the world for his age group. In 2016, he competed in his second Armed Forces Triathlon Championships, held in Point Mugu, CA and finished third among the best US Military triathletes. After earning a 70.3 World Championship slot at Ironman Superfrog 70.3 in 2016, his focus this season is primarily on 70.3 distance triathlons. After serving as Alaska’s USMES Regional Coordinator for over three years and a two-year long PCS to Fairbanks, Alaska to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers, he’s humbled to step into his new roles in 2017 as an elite athlete and US Army National Guardsman.