Rupp, Cragg Prevail in Hot U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

Keflezighi-Rupp-USOlyT16.JPGMeb and Galen, battle royale, photo by PhotoRun

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials were two absolutely wonderful races, which transfixed this keen observer. So much was left out of the broadcasts, in terms of context, and background, that I could write a book. Over Nearly 400 athletes, the best of the best, not only battled each other, but the heat over a four loop course. The heat cut the fields by nearly one third at the finish. Part of that was runners with no experience at 26.2, and part of that was the heat.


Cragg-FlanaganFV1-UsaOlyTr16.jpgCragg, Flanagan, photo by

And the truth is, the heat issue could have been adjusted by moving the race up two hours, but blessed television, which did an admirable job, wanted a live broadcast.

Here is the fine piece from Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission.


  • Larry Eder

    Larry Eder has had a 51-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself." Also does some updates for BBC Sports at key events, which he truly enjoys. Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."

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