2017 feature on Noah Droddy
At the Marathon Project race in Arizona on Sunday December 20th, Noah Droddy placed 2nd in a personal best time of 2:09.09. This mark improves on his old time (2:11.42) by nearly 2 minutes, and now moves him to the fastest marathoner in Indiana state history.
On certified and non-wind aided courses, Droddy is now the 9th fastest American of all-time at the marathon distance. The Marathon Project race course consisted of 6 laps of a flat 4.3 miles.
The 30-year-old is proof that you do not need to be the best of the best in high school or college to become one of the best in the pro fields. In his high school career at the International School in Indianapolis, Droddy never made it to a state meet. At the collegiate level for Depauw University, his highest place finish was 8th in the D3 cross country championships in 2012.
Noah Droddy broke a 37-year long standing record held by Rudy Chapa when he ran a 2:11.13 in 1983 in New York.
The Saucony sponsored athlete was set to race in the 2020 Olympic Marathon trials back in February but had to withdraw due to an injury.
Apart of his 2nd place finish, Droddy earned $2000 in prize money.