Kelly is a writer and reporter in Marin County, which is across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. She primarily writes about endurance sports, gender issues, food and health. She also write lots of deeply insider things about triathlon.

She used to be the editor for San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch, and before that was the editor of a paper that covered the same area. She’s also produced and hosted a weekly show on local news, and has appeared on radio and TV to talk about triathlon, haunted houses, and CHP helicopters. Along with her reporting work, Kelly manages online communications and social media projects for corporate companies and media brands.

After college, she briefly raced as an elite triathlete, but got injured, burned out, and quit the sport for a few years. In the last year, Kelly returned to amateur racing, training a lot, and competing more than ever. She’ll be turning professional at the end of 2016, after a successful year and her first Ironman World Championships. She occasionally coaches triathlon clinics, swim groups, youth athletes, and high school running. If you want to read more about triathloning, check out her blog Sunny Running — it’s an ironic name.

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  1. i believe you left out glenview… a fairly important part of your life 🙂 and VERY different from chicago

    1. yeah, but “then we moved to chicago, then we moved to another place in chicago, then we moved to the suburbs” doesn’t really mesh well with my narrative. gosh.

      1. yeah. The list of the seventeen places we moved before you were in 7th grade sort of slows down the story. But Maggie is right that Glenview is WAY different from Chicago.

  2. So excited to see a fellow Marin resident in the Awl. Congratulations & we should meet! I love building the artist/writer network here in Marin. We have to stick together.

  3. Great article on Bay Area bakeries! Can you do a follow-up article on GF bread?

  4. I hope your the writer for the travel story for yahoo on the best casino in america that is not vagas. : I can not get that downloaded to my computer and i am interested in what you have written any way i can read that, try troopingshooting yahoo. might as well be on the moon. no luck. best to you. melody/ gamegal5

    1. Sorry, I did write it, but I don’t work on the back end of Yahoo and I don’t know what the problem could possibly be. Did you try a different browser?

  5. Hey if you are the same Kelly O’Mara that did the story on lakes, the picture of Lake Tuapo is actually Lake Pukaki. just thought you should know.

  6. Hi I hope you could help me out on a research I’m making about compression hosiery. please email me at I am a student from the Philippines and I’m looking for experts from the US. Thanks!

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