RBR Opinion: We Should Not Have Another US Trials Marathon


The U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials was held on 29 February 2020. It was a magnifiscent event. The Atlanta Track club should be quite proud of the event. It was the largest marathon trials in history. 260 men and 460 women competed on the three lap (8.2 miles each), course, plus one loop of 2.2 miles.

20200229 MEN WOMEN KL.JPGMolly Seidel, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Sally Kipyego, Jake Riley, Galen Rupp, Abdi Abdirahman, photo by Kirby Lee

Both teams made it fair and square. Each had a story to tell. Molly Seidel made the team in her marathon debut. Sally Kipyego made the team as a new US citizen. Aliphine Tuliamuk, after a slew of injuries, made the top spot for women. On the men's side, Jake Riley made his first team, after surviving years of injuries and bad luck. Galen Rupp won a brilliant second Olympic Trials marathon, making his 4th team. Abdi Abdirahman took third, making his 5th Olympic team!

These six should be the team for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

That is the theme of this podcast.

Special thanks to Mike Deering of the Shoe Addicts for the production of podcast.

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