Conrad started running at age 11, when he participated in his hometown’s Oak Apple Run 10K. He ran cross country and track throughout high school, and then in college at the United States Naval Academy. As a submarine officer and a navy diver, he competed (and still does) for Navy’s various running teams. He joined the Striders in 2003, and proudly wears a Striders’ singlet in local and national races.
From his teens through early masters years, his results have been universally outstanding. He has completed 17 marathons (and each one met the Boston Marathon qualifying standards), starting with the Marine Corps Marathon in 1989 when he ran 2:58. Conrad has run under 2:50 in eight Boston Marathons. He’s run 2:42 and 2:43 in Boston; 2:39 in Chicago: 2:39 (second Master) at the Marine Corps; and 2:40 in the Erie Marathon (second overall) One of his memorable and most impressive races was the 2009 Victory Marathon (run in 100+ degree heat, on a course with only six water stations, in Baghdad), where he finished second overall in 2:49. He’s been second overall in the Metric Marathon; second master at Clyde’s; twice under 58 minutes in the Cherry Blossom; and 54:10 in the Army Ten Miler Shadow Race in Baghdad (actually a 10.2 mile course). In the Navy/Air Force Half Marathon, he ran 77:30 (second Master) in 2012 and 75:30 (masters winner) in 2013.
Conrad lives in Columbia, works at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and has two teenage daughters who are both runners.