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Watching our IDP Olympic Hopefuls at the US Marathon Trials

Updated: Feb 26

The U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Marathon Trials will be broadcast live nationally on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Saturday, February 29th, from Atlanta, Georgia. Coverage will begin at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time and run through 3:00 pm EST.

Event Schedule: Men's race: 12:08pm ET Women's race: 12:20pm ET

Also: You can also download the app, "America's Marathon Weekend" to receive continuous updates of your favorite runners.

IDP athletes Kristen (Findley) Morse, Emma (Bates) Ulmer, Samantha Diaz, and Megan Lacy will be on the starting line on Saturday afternoon.

The fastest marathon runners in the country are set to compete on February 29 in Atlanta at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. The top three men and women will go on to the 2020 Tokyo Games, where the women’s Olympic marathon is scheduled for August 8 and the men’s event on August 9, in Sapporo, Japan

This year’s Olympic Marathon Trials have been heralded as the most competitive in history. The women’s field nearly doubled in size from the 2016 Trials–to 512 athletes who qualified by running an “A” standard of 2:37 or faster or a “B” standard of 2:45 (full)/1:13 (half marathon). On the men’s side, 260 qualified with the “A” standard of 2:15 or “B” standard 2:19 (full)/1:04 (half), up from 211 men in 2016.

As the Atlanta course was awarded a gold label status, the top three finishers, regardless of time, will be awarded a place on the US Olympic Marathon Team for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Each team will also have an alternate.

The course for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon will take athletes on a tour of some of Atlanta's most important attractions and neighborhoods. Competitors will begin their race in front of Centennial Olympic Park – the crown jewel of the 1996 Atlanta Games – and head down Marietta Street toward Peachtree. They will proceed three miles north on Peachtree until they pass the intersection of Peachtree and West Peachtree, then turn around and head back down Peachtree in the opposite direction, loop through Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and return to downtown. The runners will complete this loop three times before heading on a 2.2 mile final loop that runs under the Rings and Torch structure from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, goes by the Georgia Capitol building and passes by the sports stadiums that house the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United FC. They will then reach the welcome sight of the finish line inside Centennial Olympic Park. (course description courtesy of Atlanta Track Club)

(*) Total number of women qualified: 512

By marathon: 500

Attained "A" standard [2:37:00] : 83

Attained "B" standard [2:45:00] : 421

We are wishing Emma, Kristen, Megan and Sam all the best in this monumental race! We believe in you and know you will give it your all out there!


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