ABOUT Morgan Pearson
2020 Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
Morgan Pearson was a competitive swimmer and ocean rescue lifeguard in his hometown of Spring Lake, New Jersey. He was the NJ state champion in the 3,200, earned All-American honors in the outdoor two-mile run and won the Penn Relays 3,000-meter run. Morgan competed one season at Duke for the track and cross country teams then transferred to the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012. As a runner on CU Boulder’s Division 1 track and cross country teams, Morgan was a 7x All-American and contributed to two team NCAA Cross Country Titles. He set the eighth fastest mark for a CU Buff in the outdoor 5K with a time of 13:36.22.
In 2016, Morgan graduated from CU with degrees in math and economics, then embarked on a professional running career and was a member of the Boulder-based Tinman Elite pro running team. He delivered a blazing 13:32 PB to take the win at the 2016 5000m Silicon Valley Trot and also finished on the podium at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships. Morgan was competing against the best runners in the country and secured a contract to run professionally. During this time, USA Triathlon also began recruiting him. In 2017, Morgan won a local 1500m race in 3:48 (new PB) but then suffered a stress fracture in his foot.
The injury forced Morgan to take time off from running so he employed himself as a tutor and worked odd jobs around Boulder. In the fall of 2017, Morgan decided on a whim to compete at the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championships in Omaha. He won his first national triathlon race and earned his pro card.
Fast forward to 2019, when Morgan finished the season as a top-ranked American. Heading into the 2020 Olympic Year, Morgan is 20th in ITU World Rankings, demonstrating his ability to perform against the world’s best triathletes.
“I am doing what I have always wanted—competing with the best in the world.”
- · 2020 ITU World Ranking 20th
- · 2019 Three ITU World Cup Podiums, Individual & Mixed Relay
- · 2019 Five Top-5 ITU Finishes
- · 2019 Top-ranked American
- · 2019 Huatulco ITU World Cup Silver Medalist
- · 2019 ITU Mixed Relay Edmonton Bronze Medalist
- · 7x All-American NCAA Cross Country
2020 Race Schedule (preliminary)
March 6 WTS Abu Dhabi, UAE 2:11pm – 3:11pm Elite Men’s Race (Sprint)
*Mixed Relay - TBD
March 21-22 Sarasota, USA
April 18-19 WTS Bermuda
May 9-10 Chengdu, CHN
*Mixed Relay - TBD
May 16-17 WTS Yokohama – next Team USA Olympic Qualifying opportunity
July 27-28 Tokyo Olympics – Individual
August 1 Tokyo Olympics Mixed Relay (Super Saturday, when 21 medals will be awarded!)