‘Bumbi’, as he is known to the team, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee aspiring to be a soccer player. When he discovered that his real talent on the pitch was not his skill on the ball but his ability to outrun opponents, he switched over to track and never looked back (maybe just peak on the last curve). A two time Footlocker finalist in cross country he also set the state record in the 3200 of 8:46.47. He moved on to Georgetown University where he began as 1500m runner before excelling in XC and the 5000m.
After graduating with a BA in Government and a MPS in Sports Management in 2010 he moved to Portland to be coached by Jerry Schumacher. His first year as a professional he made the World XC team that went to Punta Umbria, Spain and a few weeks later ran 13:16 over 5000m, then a large personal best. That year he also finished 4th at the USA championships 5000m and represented Team USA at the IAAF World Track Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Throughout his career has been a consistent performer finishing in the top 5 at USA’s in the 5000m every year from 2011 to 2014.
In March of 2015 he debuted at the half marathon distance with an impressive 1:02:04 in NYC. Shortly thereafter he suffered a groin injury which required surgery and derailed his season. Complications and compensations from that surgery led to another injury in early 2016 that wiped out his return to the track for another year. After a long and difficult rehab, Bumbi shifted his focus to the marathon. He debuted at Tokyo 2017 with a 2:13:56 and followed that up in the fall with a 2:14:03 in Chicago. He finished 5th at the legendary 2018 Boston Marathon, In the mother of all rainstorms. He will continue to work on his road racing chops in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon.
A lover of adventure both urban and bucolic, Bumbi enjoys coffee, camping, hiking, live music, and sampling as much of Portland’s vibrant restaurant scene as possible. He’s an avid fan of the band Phish, but he’s not obnoxious about it. He’s long been a supporter of the Portland Timbers and- after years of maintaining the superiority of college basketball- has relented to the siren song of the NBA and become a Trail Blazers fan. Tennesseans need not fear though, he will never abandon the Titans. He and his wife Anne have been married since 2010 and actively give back through their church and their role as foster parents. In 2017 they were thrilled to officially adopt their son Legend Bumbalough.