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Marathon Selection Procedures

Team size:  5 men, 5 women

Team Composition

Men's automatic selections: Two (2) positions will be chosen (based on rank order of finish) from among the top ten (10) finishers at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's Marathon, and one (1) position will be chosen (based on rank order of finish) from the 2004 Twin Cities Marathon, provided the performance is sub-2:16.

Women's automatic selections: Two (2) positions will be chosen (based on rank order of finish) from among the top ten (10) finishers at the 2004 Twin Cities Marathon, provided the IAAF "A" standard is met.

Men's at-large selections: Two (2) athletes will be chosen from a time list for the marathon from February 7, 2004, to April 30, 2005.

Women's at-large selections: Three (3) athletes will be chosen from a time list for the marathon from April 4, 2004, to April 30, 2005.

Team Selection Process

  • Priority for at-large selections will be given to performances at USA Championships and/or events named as selection races.
  • Road performances used to evaluate potential team members must be run on USATF-certified courses.
  • Track performances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Performances at similar distances may be used for specific team selections (e.g., 20 km for half marathon).
  • For promotional and travel purposes, all teams will be named at least 30 days prior to the event (unless otherwise noted), with the exception of substitutions based on illness, injury, or fitness.
  • Athletes must accept or reject an offered team position within 48 hours after receiving an invitation.
  • In the case of the need for a substitute, the team coach/manager and USATF will agree on a replacement athlete.
  • Active athletes on the selection committee will exclude themselves from decisions regarding teams for which they hope to be selected.
  • USATF reserves the right to name athletes who have demonstrated exceptional fitness, provided the athlete has expressed interest and demonstrated fitness at least 30 days prior to the selection of the team. When and where applicable, any selected athlete must show proof of fitness to the satisfaction of the selection committee.
  • Final selections will be made by USATF at the discretion of the selection committee.
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