Jordan Tropf, Medical Student and Marathon Winner

Jordan Tropf, fourth-year medical student and winner of the 2017 Baltimore Marathon. (Photo by Ian Johnston)

Jordan Tropf, fourth-year medical student and winner of the 2017 Baltimore Marathon. (Photo by Ian Johnston)

Every fall, I pick one or two marathons to run. It’s something I like to do – I like to push myself and see how fast I can go. Running is something I look forward to at the beginning or end of every day and it gives me an opportunity to push myself outside of medical school.

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I went to the Naval Academy with the goal of heading to medical school. After graduating in 2014, I moved to Baltimore to attend med school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I consider Baltimore my home. Since it’s my last year in med school, I finally decided to do my “home” race course: the Baltimore Marathon. I usually do the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. around this time.

I started running in high school, when my cross country team won the state championship my senior year. I continued running at the Naval Academy, where I realized the 26.2-mile marathon was a better distance for me. I’ve been running marathons since my sophomore year there.

Training this summer was challenging. I was away for three months for orthopedic sub-internships at the three big Navy hospitals: Portsmouth, San Diego and Walter Reed. I tried to build in a run every day and get out on weekends for longer distances. (I did a lot of running in the dark.) I like discovering new places to run when I’m away.

During the race, I felt good until the second half. I knew what to expect, I knew the hills were coming, but it started to work me a little bit. I’m familiar with Dave Berdan, a previous year’s marathon winner. I knew he was working on running me down, so I just focused on keeping my lead.

After the second half of that course, I was very, very happy to be over the finish line. There was so much support on the course and it was great to see a summer of hard work pay off. It goes down in the books as one of my favorite races, and I can certainly see myself coming back.

After I graduate in May, I’ll hopefully (applications are in!) do my residency either in a military or a civilian orthopaedic surgery program, and then serve time as a Navy doctor. I’m familiar with orthopaedic injuries from years of running, and exposure to orthopaedics in the military and in med school led me to pursue it as my specialty. It's also been great to see the amazing impact that surgeries and rehab have on patients' lives. This especially motivated me to pursue this specialty.

The blue Navy singlet is my race shirt. I wear it to every race I do. Since I ran on the Navy team a few years ago, it’s good to wear my home colors. It's an honor to represent the U.S. Navy. My favorite race of all time is the Marine Corps Marathon, which I have run in the past with the All-Navy marathon team. It’s always fun and it adds an extra level of competition. This year, though, I spectated and cheered on my fiancé, Hannah, as she ran it for the second time.

Eventually I want to hit all six major world marathons. I’ve never done a marathon internationally but want to do the ones in London, Berlin and Tokyo.

The big thing about running is that I do it for fun. My priorities are being a good med student and, in the future, being a great doctor. I definitely intend to continue running and dropping my times, no matter what my future holds.

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Abbey October 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

Congratulations, Jordan and way to go!! You are an inspiration!


Michele Watt October 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Congratulations on an awesome race Jordan. You rock!


Rodrigo Figueroa October 24, 2017 at 11:05 am

Way to go Jordan! Congrats


Donna October 24, 2017 at 10:06 am

Jordan -
You are a fine young man and I wish you success and happiness. Congratulations on your Baltimore Marathon win.


Jennie McKown October 24, 2017 at 9:47 am

Strong work! Congratulations!


Charles Grant October 24, 2017 at 9:09 am

Achievement is my goal. It is very clear that it is yours as well. Congratulations and keep on achieving. Never, ever give up !


lynn galloway October 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

Congradulations, I wish you the best.


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