373 Male and Female Marathoners to Run the Streets of Los Angeles on February 13th to Compete for a Spot on Team USA for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
LOS ANGELES -- USATF and the Los Angeles Marathon today announced a record field for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon on Feb. 13, 2016. The robust field, featuring 373 of the country’s fastest and most accomplished marathoners, is the largest marathon field in Olympic Trials history.
Headlining the men’s field is three-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi (40, San Diego), who earned a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games and placed fourth at the 2012 London Games. He will look to defend his U.S. Olympic Team Trials title and make his fourth Olympic team during the Feb. 13 race.
Also vying for a spot on Team USA is Dathan Ritzenhein (33, Rockford, Michigan), who placed ninth in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Games. In 2012, Ritzenhein finished fourth at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, just missing the team. Luke Puskedra (26, Eugene, Oregon) will be making his Olympic Trials Marathon debut as the third-fastest men’s qualifier. One of the final entrants into the field is 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000 meters, Galen Rupp (29, Portland, Oregon), who will be making his marathon debut in Los Angeles.
The women’s field will be led by defending Trials champion Shalane Flanagan (34, Marblehead
, Massachusetts), a three-time Olympian and current women’s Olympic Trials Marathon record-holder, with a time of 2:25:38 at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials in Houston. Fellow 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon team members Desiree Linden (32, Washington Township, Michigan) and Kara Goucher (37, Boulder, Colorado) also are key contenders, as is Amy Cragg (32, Leavenworth, Kansas), the third-fastest qualifier, who was fourth in Houston in 2012.
“We are looking forward to a spectacular Olympic Trials in Los Angeles and to welcoming the first six members of Team USA for the 2016 Olympic Games,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Los Angeles is the perfect backdrop for the first of our Olympic Trials of 2016 and our partnership with the Los Angeles Marathon has confirmed their passion for this city and its Olympic heritage. We are excited about Saturday and wish all of our Olympic hopefuls the best of luck.”
The 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon will deliver a record $600,000 prize purse, distributed among the top 10 finishers in both the male and female categories. The top three finishers from each race who meet Olympic time standards will be nominated to represent the U.S. in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“It’s an honor to host a world-class group of athletes in Los Angeles for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon. This city is rooted in Olympic tradition, and we’re looking forward to making marathon history once again with the largest ever Trials field,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of the Los Angeles Marathon. “We encourage Los Angelinos to be a part of the Olympic excitement and show their support along the course for these Team USA hopefuls.”
For the first time in event history, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon will be televised live on NBC. The broadcast will begin Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1:00 p.m. EST, featuring simultaneous coverage of the men’s and women’s races. NBC Sports Live Extra will also stream coverage of the Trials for desktops, mobile devices, tables, and connected TVs.
For a full list of runners participating in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon, please visit www.latrials2016.com.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
About the Los Angeles Marathon
The Los Angeles Marathon, a subsidiary of McCourt Global, creates world-class experiences that ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sport. The Los Angeles Marathon is among the largest marathons in the country with more than 25,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The “Stadium to the Sea” course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most scenic in the world, taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark. The Los Angeles Marathon will host the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Marathon, awarded by USATF and the United States Olympic Committee, which will take place in Los Angeles on February 13, 2016. For more information, please visit www.lamarathon.com.