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LOS ANGELES (12-Feb) -- On a day that will be remembered for the harsh wrath of mother nature and its crippling heat, Galen Rupp and Amy Hastings ran their way to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics here at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. Rupp booked his ticket in dominating fashion, cruising to win his debut marathon in 2:11:12, while Cragg completed a pulse-pounding, drama-filled race in 2:28:20.

Amy Cragg wins the Olympic Trials! Desi Linden takes second and Shalane Flanagan holds onto third!

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In the second of two Olympic Trials contested today, the women's race had the most drama. 2012 Fourth placer, Amy Cragg not only made the team, but moved up to the win. " I had spent four years training to improve one place," noted Amy after her hard won victory. She improved three places!

Defending champion Shalane Flanagan, who was about four weeks short on her training, had to battle not only the field, but heat issues, and went from looking like the unbeatable winner, to holding on for third and requireing an IV, her first after a marathon, to recover. "That was the hardest marathon that I have run over the last six miles." noted Shalane.

And Desi Linden, who, like Amy Cragg, spent four years build to this day, took second, in a race that had her as much as a minute plus down at just past halfway. Desi noted that the race was "grueling".

The field of 198 women started the race, and 139 finished.

Here is how I saw the race...

Galen Rupp dominates his debut marathon with U.S. Olympic Trials team! Meb makes team 4, and Jared Ward takes third!

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In his debut marathon, Galen Rupp won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials on a hot and humid day in sunny Los Angeles. Meb Keflezighi made his fourth Olympic team, second at the marathon, with his second placing. And in third place, Jared Ward, third in LA Marathon in 2015, made up a strong deficit and moved himself into third place in this hotly contested Olympic Trials.

166 men started the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials at 10:06 AM, Pacific time, on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

The marathon is one of the most complicated events to race at the elite level. Experience is key for many, but if one does not have experience, then being around experienced coaching and support is key. With Galen Rupp, you have a guy who trains like a marathoner and is coached by a former WR holder in the marathon (Alberto Salazar). With Meb, you have a guy who has finished 23 of his 24 starts in marathons. With Jared, you have a thoughtful marathoner with some strong experience, advised and supported by a great coach (Ed Eyestone), wonderful family and supportive team members.

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Program

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The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon is one of the most highly anticipated Marathon Trials marathons in recent memory. With an intense battle for 26.2 miles on both the men's and women's sides, each race will have its own drama. NBC will be televising the race live from 10 am PST to 1 PM PST on Saturday, February 13, 2016. If you are in Los Angeles, come down and watch the race as both races have their own battles and own drama.

Meb Keflezighi, Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp, with nearly 208 other men fighting for the the top three, leave the starting line at 10:06 am PST. At 10:22 AM, PST, the women, lead by Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, Amy Cragg, Kara Goucher and nearly 242 other women battle for the top three women's positions.

211 total men and 246 total women have qualified for both the men and women's races on Saturday, February 13, 2016. If you can not be in LA, watch it on NBC-TV and download the official U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon electronic program right here. It is full of fun information on Olympic Trials past and present.

Application Open for Entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon

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Both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry applications will be open for one month, from January 21 through February 21. Event celebrates its 40th anniversary as a five-borough race on Sunday, November 6, 2016, and will be broadcast live in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, and nationally on ESPN2.

New York, January 21, 2016‚ÄĒThe application for entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon opened online at today. The month-long runner application window for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry will remain open through February 21. The race, which is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world, will take place on Sunday, November 6.

‚ÄúThe TCS New York City Marathon is where the world comes to run,‚ÄĚ said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. ‚ÄúToday is the day to apply, to aim to experience the crowd-lined streets and achieve your lifetime goals. We want to share in your excitement and celebrate together.‚ÄĚ