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WomenLeadEarly-USOlyT16.jpgWomen's 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

MenEarly-USOlyT16.jpgMen's 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today, the Atlanta Track Club announced some changes on the 2020 Trials course, due, in part, to input from athletes in test event this past March 2020. The full release is published below.

1163345180.jpgWho will win in Tokyo? photo by British Athletics/Getty Images

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be an amazing events and the fans will go crazy! Here's why!

Anyone who thought that Galen Rupp would retire after his injury has another thought coming.

In the recent (April 26, 2018) column by Ken Goe, Coach Alberto Salazar noted that Galen Rupp is running 60 miles a week and doing 60 miles a week in the water as well, which Coach Salazar considers equal to 100 miles a week. That's pretty darn impressive.

Kipchoge-Rupp-OlyGame16.jpgEliud Kipchoge, Galen Rupp, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

The two time Olympic medalist (2012, silver, 10,000m and 2016-bronze-Marathon) has miles to go before he sleeps. What is really impressive is the video, done by NIke Oregon Distance Project. The level of sophistication is what many will speak about, but to me, his attention to detail and that of the NODP is what it is all about.

Look at the successful athletes, Eliud KIpchoge, Haile Gebrselassie, for example, the winning is in the details. Rupp is a highly competitive person on the track and roads, and he wants to come back and improve his marathon. I sometimes wonder if he will tackle the 10,000m again, but I believe, alas, that is past.

Galen Rupp's continued improvement will add more to the Atlanta Olympic Marathon Trials next year. Rupp, Fauble and Ward give us three active Americans under 2:10.

Stay tuned on Galen Rupp's progress.

The Tokyo Olympics is just about 18 months out. The World Championships is now 8 months out. The Road to Gold race, the preview of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials course, was held last weekend, March 2.

Attach28649_20190302_103623.jpgParker Stinson, Brogan Austin, Jared Ward, photo by Atlanta Track Club

The watch is ticking. The decisions made now are what assist or deter in who makes the team for Tokyo. This will be a tough team to make, and with the IAAF standards, making the team will be all the tougher. In all honesty, the marathon in Tokyo will be a broiler. A medal will come down to the last meters, and those who can keep their heads together, and do the marathon rush over the last 5k! A medal will go to some one brave, listenng to their inner voice, and one will be won by someone who battles to the very end.

Attach28651_20190302_103623.jpgCarrie Dimoff, Amy Cragg, Brittany Charboneau, photo by the Atlanta Track Club

Carolyn Mather wrote this piece for us. Carolyn Mather is from the seminal publication, Running Journal. Its publisher, Bruce Morrison, is dealing with some major health issues. Bruce is one of the champions of regional running media. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

VanNiekerk_WaydeSt1-London17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

PRETORIA (RSA): World 400m record-holder Wayde van Niekerk says he will focus on trying to break 43 seconds for his specialist distance before competing more over the shorter distances. "We are basically leaning towards the 400m, I think I want to seal the 42, that is where my mind is at and my heart is at," Van Niekerk told iol.co.za. "I want to focus and invest properly and get that 42, then I can get back to what I really want to do which is the 100m and 200m."

VanNiekerk_WaydeSt1a-London17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Runblogrun opines: Wayde Van Niekerk may be the most talented human to ever run the 400m. The body of an 800m runner (Marcello Fiasconaro?), the speed and agility of a 100m/200m specialist, Wayde has a gear from 300m to the finish that is, well, sublime. If he can regain his top elite fitness, which is no mean feat, then, we may see a new WR. I am cautiously optimistic. Wayde and his coach are taking the time to regain fitness precisely and with time needed. Remember when Wilson Kipketer tried to comeback too soon from malaria? Wilson told me that it was a mistake, one must be patient. We wish Wayde success, but most importantly, we wish Wayde patience.

VanNieKerk_Wayde200SF1-WC17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Road to Gold race in Atlanta today, was a test for elite athletes and citizen runners to see the Olympic Trials marathon course. One year from now, we will see the best marathoners of the U.S. race to make the teams for Tokyo 2020. Here's the release on how the race went today!

Attach28649_20190302_103623.jpgParker Stinson, Brogan Austin, Jared Ward, top 3 Men, photo by Atlanta Track Club

Attach28651_20190302_103623.jpgCarrie Dimoff, Amy Cragg, Brittany Charboneau, top 3, Women, photo by Atlanta Track Club

Cragg_Amy1a-USAxc19.jpgAmy Cragg, USATF XC 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ward_Jared-Houston18.jpgJared Ward, Olympian, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Atlanta Track Club has come up with a fun and innovative way to promote the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, which they will host. Watch for our coverage of this fine event.

The Atlanta Track Club and USATF unveiled the course map forr the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials yesterday, January 7, 2019. The release is below as is the video of the course.

Atlanta Track Club - Photo by Paul Ward (1).jpgAtlanta Track Club, photo by Paul Ward

Felix_AllysonR-OlyGames16.jpgAllyson Felix, Rio 2016, in her finest competitive race, photo by PhotoRun.net
runblogrun opines: Allyson Felix was able to enjoy much of her pregnancy outside of the eyes of the media. We think that is good. That she choose to share her challenges is her decision, and we respect that. Best wishes to Allyson, Camryn and her husband. If so inclinded, check out our recent magnum opus on Allyson, as J. Stuart Weir asked 28 questions: http://www.runblogrun.com/2018/12/28-questions-to-allyson-felix-by-stuart-weir-for.htmlr of the famed sprinter.
In my belief, Allyson Felix is unique in the sport. She is a racer. She is the finest racer of her generation. Her speed over 100m-400m is excellent, but it is her racing skills that make Felix unique. She has focus, drive, and desire. A work ethic that is to be respected, her finest race was the Rio 400m, where she took the silver, but, due to jingoistic US television, the race did not end up according to NBC producers plans, and instead of celebrating one of the finest races in Olympic history, where 2 athletes put it all on the line, it was suggested that the gold medalist did something untoward.
Allyson Felix gets it. We look forward to seeing her build to Tokyo 2020. At the end of the day, Allyson Felix knows that she has to earn it, one gut wrenching race at a time.
Felix_Allyson200Q-USAout17.jpgAllyson Felix, photo by PhotoRun.net
Houlihan_ShelbyFV-USOut17.jpgShelby Houlihan, photo by Photorun.net
Lyles_Noah1-BosOut18.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by Photorun.net
Houlihan and Lyles
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Shelby Houlihan and Noah Lyles have been named athletes of the year by USA Track and Field. Houlihan, who was fourth and fifth respectively over 1500m and 3000m at the World Indoor Championships and set a North American 5000m record of 14:34.45 this season, will pick up the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award at USATF's annual meeting on 1 December. Also due to be honoured in Columbus will be Lyles, who won the Diamond League final 200m and Continental Cup 100m, leading the world rankings for the year in the longer sprint.
runblogrun commnents: Bravo USATF! Houlihan and Lyles are two of the important stories of 2018. They will be big stories in 2019 and bigger stories in 2020. Congrats to both.

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