Garrett Heath
Track & Field

Hi, my name is Garrett Heath. I was born in Lacrosse, WI. My sport is Track – Mile, 1500, and 5k, and I have been competing in it since I was 12 years old.

My favorite workout is Michigan – 1600, 1200, 800, 400 with tempo miles between each interval. I am inspired by my brother, Elliott, and my teammates, family, and drive to always keep improving keep me motivated.

My favorite food is Chocolate Chip Pancakes. I relax by golfing, and love listening to Gaslight Anthem.

My pre-competition ritual is Coffee.

What's the secret to my success? Hard work and consistency.

What Garrett says about InHealth

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Bio

Garrett joined the Brooks Beasts in Seattle in the winter of 2014. He grew up in Minnesota and first got hooked on running in 6th grade when he joined the Winona Winhawk cross-country team.

His parents (Bob and Linda) are very active as well, so Garrett and his brother, Elliott (who is 3 years younger and now runs professionally for Nike in Portland), spent many of their family vacations biking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing together in Colorado and northern Wisconsin. While in high school, Garrett won state in running and cross-country skiing before eventually deciding to focus on running in college at Stanford University.

After High School Garrett attended Stanford, where he majored in Management Science and Engineering with a focus on entrepreneurial strategy and finance. He graduated from Stanford with a B.S. and M.S. in 2009 as a 9-time Collegiate All-American and a member of the 2007 national champion distance medley team.

Since graduation, Garrett has pursued a career as a professional runner while also spending some time working at a social e-commerce start-up in San Francisco and assistant coaching at Stanford for the 2012 NCAA cross-country season. Highlights for Garrett as a professional runner include a 7th place finish at the world indoor championships in Doha (2010), winning the US road mile championships (2013), and winning the Edinburgh XC 4k (2014) over Kenenisa Bekele and Asbel Kiprop.

He is best known on the Beasts squad for his pancake flipping skills, beard (attempts), and blossoming gray hairs.

Favorite Quote

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.”

Vince Lombardi

Career Highlights

  • 2nd place 2009 NCAA 1500m
  • 7th place 2010 World Indoor Championships 1500m
  • Semifinalist at 2008 & 2012 Olympic Trials
  • 1st place 2013 US Road Mile Championships

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