Mary Beth Ellis
Hometown: Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Resides: Boulder, Colo.
College & Graduate School: Northwestern University
Birth Place: Washington, DC
First Year Elite: 2006
Final 2009 ITU Rank: 34
Final 2009 USAT Rank: 4
2010 Highlights: Currently ranks 80th in the ITU World Championship Series series rankings • Finished 29th at the Kitzbuhel WCS event on Aug. 15 • Was third at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon July 10 • Placed fourth at the May 9 Rev3 Triathlon in Knoxville, Tenn., and was fifth at the Rev3 Quassy on June 6 • Was second at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on May 2 • Finished 11th at the ITU Monterrey World Cup April 18.
Elite Triathlon Career: Member of the USAT Project 2012 Team • Posted career-best finishes as the No. 34 overall and No. 4 American in the 2009 ITU World Championship Series rankings • Placed 23rd at the ITU World Championship Series Finale in Gold Coast, Australia • Finished no worse than 17th in four ITU World Cup and World Championship events - Mooloolaba (13th), Madrid (17th), Hy-Vee (15th), Washington, D.C. (14th) • Placed second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship for the second straight year • Was the No. 7 American and No. 56 overall in the 2008 ITU World Cup Series rankings • Posted top-25 ITU World Cup finishes at Moolooloba, Madrid and Hy-Vee • Finished second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2008 • Posted top-six finishes at the Los Angeles Triathlon, Escape to Bermuda, Lifetime Fitness Triathlon and New York City Triathlon • Placed sixth at the U.S. Olympic Trials • Wrapped up 2007 ranked as the No. 11 American and 90th overall in the ITU World Cup Series standings • Opened 2007 season with win in Mooloolaba, Australia, while suffering from torn cartilage in her hip • Earned first World Cup points with 20th place finish at the Richards Bay World Cup in 2007 • Took third in ITU Pan American Cup events in Geneva, N.Y., and Longmont in 2007 • Also placed sixth in the Wellington ITU Oceania Cup race in 2007 • Won the Kelowna Continental Cup and finished third in the Brampton Continental Cup in first season as a pro in 2006.
Amateur Triathlon Career: After struggling with running injuries from 2002-05, she was diagnosed with early osteoarthritis in her hip and advised to stop running the high mileage required for elite distance running • In the summer of 2005, she began to focus on triathlon • Only raced three triathlons before turning pro • Placed first overall among amateurs and second overall including pros at Boulder Peak • Felt she wasn't prepared for first pro race but enjoyed the challenge.
Athletic Background: Competed in marathons after college, running her first in 2:46 in 2000 • In her second marathon, the 2001 Philadelphia Marathon, she placed third overall (first American) with a 2:41 and was nationally ranked in the top 15 American performances for that year • Had podium finishes at the 2004 Baltimore Half Marathon, 2003 Las Vegas Half Marathon, 2002 Hartford Half Marathon and the 2001 Philadelphia Marathon • Competed in swimming, cross country and track at Northwestern • Two-time Cross Country Academic All-Big Ten honoree • Cross country team captain in 1999 and 2000 • Won Northwestern's Coach's Award in 1998 • Top track runner in 1999, with top-three finishes in six of eight races • Was top 20 in the 5,000 at Penn Relays and top three in the 5,000 at the Texas Relays • As a swimmer, was three-time Academic All-American • Four-time Academic All-Big Ten • 12-time finalist at the Big Ten Championships • Three-time NCAA qualifier • Received the Joseph H. Trienens Memorial Scholarship • Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year in 1999 • Torch of Center Court Award Recipient 1999 • U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in swimming in 1996 • USA Swimming National Championship qualifier 1994-1999 • Competed in field hockey, swimming, lacrosse, and track in high school • Member of two lacrosse state championship teams and earned all-state honors both years • As a swimmer, set school records in the 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay • Three-year high school All-American • As a senior, qualified for senior nationals in the 100 breaststroke • Three-time New Jersey state champion in the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 100 butterfly and 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays • Won state track titles in the mile and two mile as a senior and set school records for both events.
Personal: Mary Beth Ellis • Born July 12, 1977, in Washington, D.C. • Nicknames are MB, Pearl and Punky • Parents are Kathleen and Steven • Has an older brother, Brian • Has a 14-year-old Brittany Spaniel named Amos • Before competitions, she likes to eat a balanced meal with some chicken, rice or pasta, and some greens to keep things moving along • In the morning, she usually eats some toast and fruit with coffee and lots of fluids if it is going to be a hot day • Enjoys reading and loves listening to books on tape in her spare time • Also enjoys hiking, skiing and climbing • Turned to triathlon after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her right hip • The diagnosis was a huge shock and setback to her running aspirations as she was training for the marathon Olympic Trials.