The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon is one of the most highly anticipated Marathon Trials marathons in recent memory. With an intense battle for 26.2 miles on both the men's and women's sides, each race will have its own drama. NBC will be televising the race live from 10 am PST to 1 PM PST on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. If you're in Los Angeles, come down and watch it all unfold. Both races have their own battles and own drama.
Meb Keflezighi, Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp, with nearly 208 other men fighting for the the top three, leave the starting line at 10:06 AM PST. At 10:22 AM PST, the women, led by Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, Amy Cragg, Kara Goucher and nearly 242 others will battle for the top three women's positions.
211 total men and 246 total women have qualified for both the men and women's races on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. If you can't be in LA, watch it on NBC-TV and download the official U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon electronic program at the link below. It's full of fun information on Olympic Trials past and present.
The design, printing and production of the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon program was donated by the partners of the Running Network and Fortius Media, just as we did in 2012. In fact, we've donated media programs for USATF dating back to 1992 and USA Cross Country programs. We hope it adds to your enjoyment of the event.
Here's the link to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Trials program:
Both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry applications will be open for one month, from January 21 through February 21. Event celebrates its 40th anniversary as a five-borough race on Sunday, November 6, 2016, and will be broadcast live in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, and nationally on ESPN2
New York, January 21, 2016—The application for entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon opened online at tcsnycmarathon.org today. The month-long runner application window for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry will remain open through February 21. The race, which is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world, will take place on Sunday, November 6.
Tears of Joy from Last-Minute Olympic Trials Qualifiers at the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & Half MarathonWritten by Super User
PHOENIX – January 17, 2016 – It's been quite a weekend in the state of Arizona. On Saturday evening, the Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers in overtime to advance to the NFC Championships, and on Sunday, more than 20,000 runners turned out for the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. One of those runners, Noah Droddy of Indianapolis, Indiana found yet another reason to celebrate the weekend: He qualified there for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next month in Los Angeles, clocking one hour, four minutes, and 18 seconds in the half marathon. "I worked really hard for this," Droddy said. "I went from 1:08 to 1:04 in a year. It's good. It's the last day to qualify, and I've always been known as a procrastinator." An emotional Droddy said he's now going to gear up for the big race in L.A. next month. "The next 30 days are all cake, baby," he said. "I've never run a marathon before, so we will give it a go."
Four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman to pace sub-1:05 half-marathon group on last day of qualifying; More than 20,000 runners will hit the pavement this weekend for 13th edition event - PHOENIX (January 14, 2016) - While long-distance running may appear to be a solitary affair, if you ask four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, you will most likely get a shake of the head. The 39-year-old pro, who enjoys the moniker “Black Cactus,” will be toeing the start line at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on Jan. 17 in Tempe with one big goal in mind: Help his fellow elite runners qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.
SKECHERS PERFORMANCE LOS ANGELES MARATHON LAUNCHES APP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FITBIT TO MERGE TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGYWritten by Super User
Official Marathon Training App Powered By Fitbit for iOS and Android Now Available LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2015) – LA MARATHON LLC and Fitbit, Inc. today announced a multi-year partnership beginning with the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon to provide runners of all levels with a positive experience and the tools they need to train smarter and reach their goals. Fitbit® will be the official sponsor of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Appand the official tracker of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon and other LA Marathon LLC properties. The partnership unites the leader in the connected health and fitness market with one of the largest marathons in the world to inspire runners to exceed extraordinary limits.
The USA Blind Athletes National Championships return to the California International Marathon this year with its largest field and a growing reputation as a destination event for visually impaired athletes. A field of 51 is expected for the seventh annual USABA National Marathon Championships, part of the 33rd annual CIM on Dec. 6.
The CIM, a 26.2-mile test from Folsom to the state Capitol, is put on by the Sacramento Running Association.
This year’s field includes combat-blinded veterans, U.S. Paralympic athletes, world champions, a three-time USABA National Marathon champion and five international athletes.
A field of 51 is expected for the seventh annual USABA National Marathon Championships - The USA Blind Athletes National Championships return to the California International Marathon this year with its largest field and a growing reputation as a destination event for visually impaired athletes.
LOS ANGELES (June 8, 2015) – The Council for Responsible Sport announced today that LA MARATHON LLC has been awarded Silver Level Certification for its work organizing the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon. The marathon earned credit on 36 of the best practice standards offered in the Council’s certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events.
NEWPORT BEACH, California – The U.S. Bank OC Marathon’s field of “elite” runners is poised to be best-ever as several high-profile, Olympic hopefuls have entered the 11th annual race. The 2015 elite prize purse is as strong as its elite field including over $20,000 in the half marathon and full marathon alone, with an additional $3,000 dedicated specifically to California resident top overall finishers. In addition to the overall winnings, runners have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses if they meet the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials “A” or “B” qualifying standards, and/or break a current course record. Detailed information is available at http://www.ocmarathon.com/
The U.S. Bank OC Marathon elite program allows local top athletes to qualify for California resident-only prize money in addition to the traditional prize purse. Runners are able to earn both overall and California resident prize purses. Qualifying athletes will be considered for a complimentary bib number, entry into a seeded race corral, race day amenities and VIP finish line festival access. To be considered for the elite program, a runner must have proof of race results for the marathon at sub-3:05:00 for women and sub-2:35:00 for men. Athletes may also qualify with half-marathon times from the past 2 years that meet the time standards of sub-1:24:00 for women and sub-1:13:00 for men.
The U.S. Bank OC Marathon is considered one of the top full and half marathon courses in the state with its diverse terrain, changing vistas and majestic ocean views. The race traverses Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Santa Ana and boasts a blend of chic coastal scenery, tranquil nature and sophisticated arts and shopping. The Nutrilite Finish Line Festival is a great race day experience with headliners from the 80’s, free massages, tacos, beer and tons of giveaways.
The 11th Annual U.S. Bank OC Marathon will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015. More than 22,000 runners will participate in the marathon, half marathon, Wahoo’s OC 5K and Kids Run the OC. Additionally, thousands of spectators line the course, the start line in front of the Newport Beach Marriott and finish line at OC Fair and Event Center.
Key runners to date include:
· Bonnie Keating (formerly Bonnie Axman, age 29, Imperial Beach) 2014 OC Marathon Champion returns to defend her elite women’s full marathon title. Keating's personal best was in 2014 at the Ventura Marathon with a time of 2:45:15.
· Abigail Swift (age 26, San Diego) a 2012 Marathon Olympic Trial Qualifier with a personal best of 2:42:45 in the marathon at the 2011 Long Beach Marathon enters the women’s elite half marathon field.
· Megan Lizotte (age 31, La Jolla) 5 time IAAF World Mountain Running Champion, 2 time USA Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, and 2011 USA Trail Marathon National Champion will join the Elite OC Half Marathon field. Lizotte holds a personal best of 1:16:38 half marathon and 2:41:59 full marathon.
· Liz Camy (age 31, Simi Valley) winner of the 2013 OC Half Marathon, is a top contender in the 2015 OC Half Marathon field with an overall personal best of 1:15:56, and a personal best of 2:46:58 in the marathon.
· Molly Friel (age 47, Fresno) is a 2 time US Olympic Marathon trial qualifier and SRA Elite Club team member. Her personal best includes a time of 2:41:30 from the Cal International Marathon and 1:17:56 from the Motorola Half Marathon in Austin, Texas. She will be running in the elite half marathon field.
· Ryan Cosens (Costa Mesa) Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate, who will race the OC Half Marathon, holds a1:05:23 personal record from the Rock n Roll San Diego half marathon and a 2:19:31 full marathon personal best from the 2014 Twin Cities Marathon.
· Juan Paredes (Santa Ana) UC Santa Barbara Alumni, runs for Aztlan Athletics, and has a personal record of1:05:35 from the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon.
· Stephan Shay (age 28, Huntington Beach) returning OC Marathon Champion will run the half marathon this year and holds a 2:16:48 Marathon personal record at the 2012 Olympic Trials, with a fast half marathon performance of1:02:26 at the U.S. Half Marathon Championships.
· Matthew Petersen (age 24, Long Beach) an elite runner and member of the Sketchers Performance Division, was the overall champion at the California Classic Half and ran a personal best of 1:09:33.
For more detailed information, visit the event’s brand new website at www.ocmarathon.com.