Chicago, Ill. - Marathon Runner is a solo venture of guitarist/composer Michael Foderaro.
Early in his career, Foderaro experienced success when his first band, The Blank Theory, was one of many to get scooped up by labels as A&R representatives binged on Chicago in the 90’s. Signed to New Line/Scratchie Records, Foderaro soon counted such icons as James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy) as peers and collaborators.
But when the Chicago bubble burst, Foderaro was left reeling. He spent the better part of a decade tending to a new career while writing and collaborating with new musicians on the side.
While struggling to piece together a new band, Foderaro observed a growing number of artists writing and recording on their own terms. Studios and labels—even bands—were optional. Inspired by this new generation of auteurs, Foderaro established Marathon Runner as a solo project in 2016.