2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Preview: Deep with Veterans but Rich With New Talent, by Mark Winitz
Shalane Flanagan vs Desi Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net, Deena Kastor has withdrawn on February 10, 2016. Nearly four hundred athletes will be running the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next Saturday, February 13, in Los Angeles. We asked long time journalist and writer for Cal Track, American Track & Field and RunBlogRun Mark Winitz to pen his thoughts on the upcoming trials.
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2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Preview:
Deep with Veterans but Rich with New Talent
By Mark Winitz
• The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon will be the second time that both the men's and women's Marathon Trials will take place on the same day, at the same site. On Saturday, February 13th in Los Angeles, the men will start at 10:06 a.m. Pacific time and the women will start 16 minutes later.
• NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage of the event, on television and online, on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Perhaps, in no other Olympic running event are the variables so abundant than in the marathon. After all, in a 26.2-mile race encompassing more than two hours a lot of unexpected surprises can occur. Before the 2008 Marathon Trials I wrote: That's the beauty and the irony of the marathon. In many respects, competing over 26.2 miles is a roll of the dice.