LA to Host 2016 Olympic Team Trials for Men AND Women's Marathon, release from US, deep thoughts from Larry Eder

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Meb Keflezighi pushing the pace on Ryan Hall in 2012 Olympic Trials, 
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The Los Angeles Marathon received the good news today that they will be hosting the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Team Trials for the Men's and Women's Marathons. In an epic battle between three candidate cities, Los Angeles was announced today as the host  for the 2016 US Olympic Trials. 

The choice of a marathon team trials site has been made, and, if one considers that the trials should move around, then, this is a good move. If one thinks that a media site, such as Los Angeles, with an enthusiastic management team, is a good choice for the marathon team trials, then, LA is a good choice. For both of those, and many others, Los Angeles has been designated by USA Track & Field as the 2016 site of the US Olympic Marathon Team Trials. 

Hosting an Olympic Marathon Team Trials is a thankless task. Cities and events which agree to the task deal with a USOC who is quite protective of it's sponsor's rights. Add to that the spectre of security concerns in a modern sporting event, and one has to respect race management and a city that hosts a major trials, as it is one thing: a celebration of our sport. 






 

Los Angeles to host 2016 Olympic Team Trials

For Men's and Women's Marathon

 

LOS ANGELES -The City of Los Angeles will host the Women's and Men's 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon, USA Track & Field, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA MARATHON LLC announced Wednesday

 

The 2016 Olympic Trials will be held Feb. 13, 2016. With separate starts, the men's and women's races both will be carried in their entirety on NBC.

 

"We are thrilled with what Los Angeles will provide to our athletes, the Olympic movement and the sport of long distance running by hosting this event," USATF CEO Max Siegel said. "With television coverage on NBC and incredible public and private support for the race in one of the world's biggest media markets, everything is in place to continue to elevate the Olympic Trials and give our athletes a platform on which they can truly shine."

 

"I'm happy and honored USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee have chosen Los Angeles as host city for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  "With its iconic landmarks and decades of experience hosting world class sporting events, Los Angeles is the ideal location for America's elite marathoners to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil."

 

"The U.S. Olympic Committee is pleased to be returning to Los Angeles with this amazing event," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. "As the host of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles has a tremendous Olympic legacy and L.A.'s status as a global center of sport and culture make it an exceptional host for the Olympic Trials."

 

Making history

 

In winning the bid, LA MARATHON LLC proposed a February race date that accommodates an NBC broadcast and ensures athletes optimal time to recover should they choose to run in the 2016 Olympic Trials for Track & Field in June.  The LA Marathon will follow a day later, on Feb. 14, 2016, providing a weekend festival that celebrates road racing on all levels.

 

"Securing the privilege of hosting the Olympic Trials Marathon could not have been accomplished without the tireless partnership and commitment from business and civic leaders across Los Angeles, including the LA Sports Council," said Tracey Russell, CEO of LA MARATHON LLC. "It truly seems appropriate that today, some 30 years after Joan Benoit Samuelson's 1984 triumph in the first Olympic women's marathon here in this city, we're announcing once again that America's Olympic marathoners will create history and find glory on the streets of Los Angeles. By securing the Olympic Trials, Los Angeles is now set to deliver this city's biggest running weekend since that iconic victory, providing our LA Marathon participants and fans with a rare opportunity to be part of an Olympic Trials celebration."

 

"Congratulations to Mayor Garcetti, to our team at LA MARATHON LLC, and to all of our partners involved in the 2016 Olympic Trials bid," said Frank McCourt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCourt Global, who in 2008 acquired the operating rights to the LA Marathon. "Today's announcement clearly illustrates the positive impact that smart people and effective public-private partnerships can deliver for the community and for the sports we're passionate about.  We hope that today marks the start of a very long and productive relationship between LA MARATHON LLC and USA Track & Field."

 

National tour

 

Hosting the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles continues a national tour for the event: In 2004, the women's Olympic Trials were in St. Louis and men's in Birmingham, Ala.; the 2008 Olympic Trials were held in Boston (women) and New York (men); and 2012 saw both races together for the first time in Houston. USATF entertained bids for the 2016 Olympic Trials from three cities: Cincinnati, Houston and Los Angeles.

 

"Houston did a phenomenal job hosting the first combined men's and women's marathon Olympic Trials in 2012," Siegel said. "In Los Angeles, we will continue to grow that model and help elevate the excitement for the Olympic Trials throughout the country."

 

Start times and specifics on the criterium courses for both the men's and women's races will be determined in coming months.

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