About Me

Susan Loken has reigned as a top women’s master marathoners for the past decade, earning several marathon wins, numerous Master Titles and recognition in many notable newspapers, magazines, websites and a documentary.

Susan took up running at age 35, after the birth of her third child, with the humble goal of completing her first marathon. Over her first four years, Susan drop her marathon time from sub-four hours in the 1998 San Francisco Marathon to a sub-three in the 2002 Grandma’s Marathon. Susan won her first marathon in 2002 at the Tucson Marathon, setting the course record.

In her 2004 USA Master Championships debut (Twin Cities Marathon), Susan finished second. She returned in 2005 to win her first USA Masters Championship. She went on to successfully defend her title in 2006 and 2007, returning in 2010 to capture her fourth title.

In addition to her success in master’s level competitions, Susan has won several marathons: Tucson Marathon, San Francisco Marathon, Vermont Marathon and three consecutive wins at the New York City More Marathon. She also holds a number of course records: NYC More Marathon, Tucson Marathon and Madison Marathon. Loken’s elite times over the years have allowed her to qualify and compete in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. She is currently training to qualify for her fourth US Olympic Marathon Trial in 2016.

Alongside her career as an elite runner and coach, Loken also acts as a mother, mentor and an inspiration to others. Discovering her passion for running and fitness has inspired Susan to personify and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Doing so later in life, she serves as a prime example that it is never too late to make positive changes. Susan was the program director and lead coach at Chances for Children – Arizona for six years, offering fitness and nutrition training to school children. Loken founded BTB (Believe Train Become) Coaching in January 2012 to help runners and aspiring athletes achieve personal success. As a coach, she combines her experience in elite competition with her continuing studies in training therapy and coaching courses to provide the best guidance possible.

Susan is married with three sons, a step-son, a step-daughter, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. Many are inspired both by Susan’s story and her passionate enthusiasm for life.

Susan runs with the Sonoran Distance Project running team, where her current goal is to qualify and run her fourth USA Olympic Trials at age 52. She hopes to serve as an example to other woman that if you dream big, you can accomplish your dreams, regardless of your age or life circumstances.

Susan is also an ambassador for Destination Races. She is proud to represent the Wine Country Half Marathon Series because it combine all of her favorite things: running, camaraderie, breathtaking scenery, a charming venue, good wine and chocolate!


Most Recent Races

2014    1/2 Marathon    1:22:16    PF Chang’s Half Marathon, 7th place overall
2013    1/2 Marathon    1:22:07    Phoenix Women’s Half, 1st place overall
2010    Marathon          2:44: 41   Twin Cities Marathon, 1st USA Master Champion
2010    1/2 Marathon    1:19:44    Disneyland Half Marathon, 3rd overall


Personal Records

2006    Marathon          2:41:33    Rock-n-Roll Marathon, Arizona
2008    Marathon          2:42:55    USA Olympic Trials, Boston
2004    1/2 Marathon    1:16:22    Austin Motorola Half Marathon
2004    10K                  34:52       Phoenix Foothills 10K
2004    5K                    17:27       Freihofer’s Run for Women
2006    10 miles            58:28       Broad Street Run


Career Highlights

1st    2014    1:22:07    Women’s Half Marathon
1st    2012    1:22:41    Girlfriends Half Marathon
1st    2010    2:44:41    USA Master Champion Twin Cities Marathon
3rd    2010    1:19:44    Disney Half Marathon
40th  2008    2:42:55    USA Olympic Trials
7th    2008    2:44:31    RNR Marathon, Arizona
2nd   2008    1:20:14    More Half Marathon
1st    2007    2:48:36    USA Master Champion Twin Cities Marathon; 5th USA Open Champion
1st    2007    2:47:52    More Marathon, NYC
5th    2007    2:47:09    RNR Marathon, Arizona; 1st USA 1st Master
1st    2006    2:44:34    USA Master Champion Twin Cities Marathon; 8th USA Open Champion
5th    2006    58:28       Broad Street 10 Mile Run, Philadelphia; 1st Master
1st    2006    2:50:01    More Marathon, NYC
2nd   2006    2:48:55    Vermont Marathon
7th    2006    2:41:33    RNR Marathon, Arizona; 1st Master
1st    2005    2:43:10    USA Master Champion Twin Cities Marathon; 3rd USA Open Champion
1st    2005    2:51         Vermont City Marathon
1st    2005    2:45:35    More Marathon (Course Record)
1st    2005    1:19:04    Master AFC Half Marathon; 5th overall
2nd   2004    2:44:26    USA Master Championship Twin Cities Marathon
1st    2004    2:50:00    San Francisco Marathon
32nd 2004    2:44:23    Olympic Trails, St. Louis
8th    2003    2:44:36    USA Women’s Marathon Championship
1st    2002    2:44:24    Tucson Marathon (Course Record)



  1. This is great! I just spent an hour reading this blog I am hooked.

  2. Wow! Very touching story. Keep bloggin – you’re an inspiration to master running women!

  3. “Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.”

  4. […] which I have to be seeing the amount of time I spend preparing for classes and training. Here is Loken’s story: Susan Loken is, among other things, a mother, elite runner, mentor, coach and an inspiration to […]

  5. Love your blog!

    You are such an inspiration! I am a fairly new runner, started a year and a half ago, and have run three marathons, including Boston last week. I am passionate about running, which is something I never enjoyed doing at an early age. I will also be moving to Ahwatukee in a couple of months and can’t wait to meet you to pick your brain on more effective training. A couple of my new AZ neighbors know you and have told me about your amazing running career. Again, I am so new at this, but I love it! My next marathon will be the New York ING in November 2011, and I plan on running a lot of shorter races between now and then.

    You are an amazing runner and should be very proud of yourself!

    • Thank you for the sweet message Cristiane.

      Wow, so excited you are moving to Ahwatukee and training for the NYC marathon! I’m coaching a group of 20 for the NYC Marathon and they will be doing track and long runs in the Ahwatukee area! Call me when you arrive and we can have coffee, maybe you can join us for a few training runs!

      Keep Running!!

      Susan Loken

      • Can you bump that number to 21? 🙂 You are an amazing runner and such an inspiration! I’ll be relocating from cold NJ to AZ the first week in July. I will call you when I get there. Looking forward to running outdoors all year-round!

  6. Hello,

    I hope you’re having a nice week! I am reaching out to you because I recently came across your blog.

    I have a few questions for you; if you could get back to me at your convenience, that would be great. I look forward to hearing from you!


  7. Hi Susan,

    It’s great to read about your running accomplishments. I am a new resident in Tucson AZ, 53 years old, and I plan to train for a spring marathon. I have done several marathons, with PB of 3:25 in 2009 and others between 3:30-3:45 (and slower ones too). I am weighing whether to invest energy into trying for a PB in the spring… Now with the added years it may be too ambitious. While looking around for marathon times of women over 50 years old I encountered your website. And felt inspired.

    All the best with your maturing running plans. I still feel great, not plagued with injuries, and keeping up with the Work Out Group gang on Tues and Thurs.

    All the best! Fern

  8. […] thank you to my running coach Susan! What a great start with her (I’ve been training g with her for 4weeks) & am excited to […]

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