QUALIFYING STANDARDS: Olympic Marathon Trials “A” qualifying standards are 2:15:00 (men) and 2:37:00 (women). Men’s and women’s “B” qualifying standards for entry for the marathon are 2:19:00 and 2:45:00, respectively, and for the half marathon 1:05:00 and 1:15:00.Every four years the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials are held to determine Team USA berths. On Saturday, February 13, the country’s best distance runners will battle in downtown Los Angeles. The top three finishers in each race will earn berths on the Olympic team in Rio DE Janeiro, Brazil for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in August.
Total number of qualified men: 211 By marathon: 86 By half marathon: 125 Attained "A" standard: 27 Attained "B" standard: 184
Total number of qualified women: 246 By marathon: 198 By half marathon: 48 Attained "A" standard: 42 Attained "B" standard: 204
THE COURSE: The 2016 course has been designed to be runner- and spectator-friendly and could produce some of the fastest times in the event’s history. The multi-loop course starts and finishes near the LA Convention Center. It begins with a 2.2-mile loop that heads north into downtown Los Angeles and then covers four 6-mile loops south of the start/finish area. Major landmarks along the course include the Staples Center, LA Live, and the historic Memorial Coliseum.
THE WEATHER: The current Saturday forecast is a low of 55° and a high of 82°. Humidity should be low and there may be some cloud cover at times. Unfortunately, the races don't start until 10:06 AM for the men and 10:22 AM for the women. We anticipate temperatures to be between 65° and 70° at the start and up to 80° at the finish. This will definitely be a factor in the race. Runners who have prepared for the heat will have an advantage and hydration and fueling on the course will be key factors. Expect the heat to affect the pace of the race as well.
Several marathon veterans return and this race would seem more locked up than the men's. In fact, most of the contenders were also the favorites in the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon.
The top qualifiers:
Shalane Flanagan - 2:21:14 (Berlin 2014). Defending Olympic Trials Marathon champion. 2008 Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters. 10th in 2012 Olympic marathon. Her most recent indicator of fitness was a 1:12:42 half marathon in December.