Fun facts about the US Olympic Marathon Trials

In honor of the US Olympic Trials which will be held on February 13th in Los Angeles this year here are some fun facts.

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The United States is the only country that conducts trials, most other countries use committee’s to pick athletes based on several races and performances.

As of December 8th 195 women qualified for the Olympic trials. Of those 195, 41 of them have attained A standard and 154 attained B standard. The B Standard is 2:43 or better and the A standard is 2:37 or better. In the half marathon, B standard qualifiers must run a 1:15 or better.

There are 170 men who currently qualify. 73 of them qualified by marathon and 97 by half marathon. There are currently 27 men who qualify by A standard and the remaining 143 men are all B standard.

The difference between A and B qualifiers is that the A qualifiers do not have to cover the expense for travel to the trials. Funding is provided by the race organizers. B standard qualifiers have to pay for their own travel and expenses and runners who qualify with half marathon times also have to cover their own travel expenses.
There are 157 women who have qualified for the Marathon and 38 women who qualified for the half marathon. The only women listed as ineligible due to age is Alana Hadley.

Chip times are not acceptable. The only acceptable measurement for qualification is gun time.

Qualifying times must be run on a certified USATF certified course, in an event that is sanctioned the USATF or a member federation of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The official course for the Olympic Trails is one 2.2 loop followed by four 6 mile loops.


The fastest 3 men and women will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio De Janeiro in August, 2016.

The defending champions, (from 2012), are Shalane Flanagan and Meb Keflezighi.

The trials will be broadcasted live on NBC starting at 1PM Eastern Time on February 13th, 2016 and for the first time ever NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product will live stream coverage.

And now, let’s play a fun game. I’m going to tell you who my 3 picks are for this year’s trials and then I want you to tell me yours.

My top 3 picks are:

Desiree Linden – I think it’s Desi’s time and I think she’s going to pull off a first place finish.
Shalane Flanagan – Although I’d love to see Shalane finish first, I think Desi has this one.
Deena Kastor – Yeah, I know what you’re thinking but I think Deena will run this year and after her performance in Chicago, I think she may just pull off a 3rd place IF she chooses to run and I have a feeling she isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.

Now it’s your turn, give me your three, go:

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