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2020 has been an unprecedented year for talented, aspiring track and field athletes. What was supposed to be an Olympic year turned into a year with more upheaval than most of us have seen in our lifetimes. In order to keep people healthy, businesses closed and gatherings were canceled. The effect on track and field has been dramatic with the loss of competitive opportunities, training venues closed, and sponsors cutting their budgets.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two-time Olympian Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) bettered three American track records (pending) to earn USATF Athlete of the Week, while Julie Brown was voted by fans as the winner of the 32nd USATF Throwback Athlete of the Week award for setting an American record in the women’s 5,000m on October 30, 1976. In the absence of regular competition during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are taking a weekly look back at some of the great efforts by American track and field athletes through the years.

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts in Place to Ensure Safe, Fun Racing Experience - ATLANTA – November 1, 2020 -- Runners who participate in next year’s Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K won’t have to climb any of Atlanta’s famous and relentless hills in 2021. This year’s temporary course will be pancake flat. With the uncertain future of events in Atlanta due to COVID-19, Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend will move to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2021 and be held as a series of by-appointment races to allow for safe social distancing.

This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2020 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the World Athletics Awards 2020 to be held virtually on Saturday 5 December.

Sara Hall takes 2nd in 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by London Marathon Media

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