Sophia Liu

Sophia Liu

Age: 35

Events: Road racing primarily focus on marathon

Hometown: Tianjin, China

Personal Bests

5k (Road) - 17:42 (Seattle Marathon 5k, 08/2019)

10k (Road) - 35:52 (Lake Union 10k, 08/2018)

Half - 1:18:26 (Labor Day Half , 09/2018)

Marathon 2:42:50 Marathon (California International Marathon, 12/2017)

Career Highlights

2019 Labor Day Half, 1:18:26, 3rd

2019 Boston Marathon 2:48:05

2018 Beijing Marathon 2:43:10 (9th Female, 1st non-pro Chinese Olympic selection)

2018 Shanghai Marathon 2:43:33 (13th Female, 1st non-pro Chinese Olympic selection)

2017 California International Marathon 2:42:50 (OTQ)

2017 Berlin Marathon 2:48:29 (29th female)

2016 Seattle RnR Marathon 2:51:45 (Female Champion)

2016 Beijing International Marathon 2:59:52 (8th female, 1st Chinese Female)

2015 Bellingham Bay Marathon 2:54:48 (Female Champion)

2015 Seattle Marathon 2:58:39 (Female Champion)

2014 Boston Marathon 2:57:41 (1st personal sub 3:00 performance)

2014 Seattle Marathon 2:57:30 (Female Champion, 1st marathon win)


Growing up in China, I didn’t have a traditional athlete background. In fact, my first race was the Seattle marathon in 2010, then I moved to Indiana for PhD program in exercise physiology. After graduating, I moved back to Seattle at the end of 2014 and start research scientists position at UW. In the meantime, I fell in love with the running community here and am happy to have more time to train.

In 2017, China announced a non-pro going to Olympic program which was going to select top non-Pro qualifying athletes to join for the 2020 Tokyo National Marathon Team.

Being a Chinese citizen, to compete for that spot, I had to race the selected races in China, so in 2018 I raced two major marathons in China and was the top female non-pro athlete who qualified with the previous standard (2:45). Although for 2020 the standards has been updated to 2:29, I don’t know how things will evolve now but all I need to do is to get as fit as I can and give my best shot. I am fortunate to join CNW and have my support team here training together to reach to our potential.

For those who interested and follow along my story you can read the following articles