iON Featured Athlete: Dannielle McNeilly, Marathoner, Aspiring to Inspire

And's Marathon Season! We were lucky enough to track down model and running junkie Dannielle McNeilly as she primed for a PR attack at the Chicago Marathon!


Danielle Mcneily marathon runner

Multi-Marathoner, Dannielle McNeilly has competed in 8 Marathons in Berlin, New York and Chicago and has her eyes set on Tokyo in 2019.

photo: @notafraid2fail

What inspires you?

My coach and my other running friends who push through crazy barriers to achieve their running goals.

What are your athletic goals for this season?

Hit at least 3:10 in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I'm keeping that rather quiet mostly because I've never been a stickler for time. My goal is always to finish injury free.

Danielle Macneilly marathon runner

Model by Day, Runner by Day...and Night...Danni keeps focused on her goals


Update 10.7.18!

Danni actually did surpass her goal with an amazing finish of 3:05.46 in the 2018 Chicago Marathon


What is the most significant challenge you face in achieving your goal?

It's more of a mental thing than it is physical for me. I do believe I have the potential to hit my goal, and surpass it. The hardest part is accepting that its going to hurt to get to that point. I have to get over my fear of hurt/ pain / discomfort and push through that during my training and eventually while I race.

"There is nothing worth having that comes with ease."

What is a technical aspect of your sport you are focusing on or have previously improved?