Erin Wachter

ErinHeadshot-largeErin Wachter grew up in Rancho Cordova with her two sisters and one brother. She started running around the age of nine after competing in gymnastics and swimming. At the age of 12 she ran in her first Junior Olympics. She went on to earn eight All-American medals between Track and Field and Cross Country. While attending high school at Cordova Senior High, she set the school record in the mile and was the first girl in school history to compete at the California State Meet for cross country. She went on to run as a hornet at Sacramento State where she was part of two Big Sky Conference Championship teams in track and placed 2nd as a team in cross country. After graduating in 2009 with a degree in Kinesiology, she joined the SRA Elite team and turned her focus to the marathon. She ran her first marathon in December of 2009 at the California International Marathon and has since run eight marathons while chasing the Olympic Trials standard. However, after a disappointing 2015 dealing with injury, she was unable to qualify for the 2016 Trials. She plans to spend the next year trying her hand at ultra-marathons while still tending to a few road races. She is optimistic that her injuries are behind her and she hopes to have a solid year of racing!


Quick Facts

  • Coached by her Dad
  • Spends her free time outside rock climbing, mountain bike riding or hiking in the woods with her boyfriend, Seth
  • Her running wardrobe is twice the size of her work wardrobe
  • Guilty pleasure is anything with ice cream
  • Works full-time for Kaiser Permanente

Race Highlights

2012 Nashville Country Music Marathon – 3rd Female
2013 USATF-PA Half-Marathon Championships – 6th Female
2014 Chicago Marathon PR 2:50:56
2014 Woodside Trail 17K, 1st Female, Course Record
2015 Way Too Cool 50, 1st Ultra-marathon

Race Schedule and Results

February 7- Super Sunday 5k; 6th Overall
February 27 – Lost Trail Half Marathon; 1st Overall
April 9 -Gorges 50K; 6th Overall
July 26 – Blood, Sweat & Beers 10.5 Miler; 1st Overall
August 21 – Marlette 50K & 10 Miler

Erin is coached by Jim Wachter (her dad) and The Ranch Athletics. She also trains with the Sacramento Running Association.