Ken Martin

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This article is about the long-distance runner. For the Minnesota politician, see Ken Martin (politician).

Ken Martin (born September 10, 1958) is a former American long-distance runner who is a two-time United States national champion in the marathon.[1][2][3] At the 1984 California International Marathon, Martin set a course record with a time of 2:11:24.[4] At the 1985 Pittsburgh Marathon, he competed alongside his wife at the time, Lisa Martin; they became the fastest married couple ever in a marathon and won both of their divisions.[5] He came second in the 1989 New York City Marathon in 2:09:38 to Tanzania’s Juma Ikangaa’s 2:08:01; as of 2007, that was the fourth-fastest marathon time by an American-born athlete.[6]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1984 California International Marathon California State Capitol, United States 1st 2:11:24
1985 Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh, United States 1st 2:12:57
1989 Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh, United States 1st 2:15:28
1989 New York Marathon New York City, United States 2nd 2:09:38