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Some Trials Runners Just Rolled With the Goals

It is often said that the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon are all about 1-2-3. But for many athletes on the streets of Houston today, it was about something else. For instance, Linda Somers Smith of Arroyo Grande, CA, wanted to run under 2:40. Linda Somers Smith was a 1996 Olympian. That’s 16 years ago. She

U.S. Women’s Olympic Trials Marathon Fast Facts

FAST FACTS U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon Houston, TX, Saturday, January 14, 2012 Downtown 8 mile loop course – 3 laps with 2.2 mile loop before main course Weather: sunny, clear Temperature: 40F (start); 57F (finish) Wind: WSW 9-12 mph Qualifiers = 225 Declared = 188 Starters = 183 Finishers = 152 Prize

Athlete Quotes: Dathan Ritzenhein and Deena Kastor

Dathan Ritzenhein (4th) I felt great early on. Training had gone really well. My body felt good until about 17 miles, then I started getting spasms in my hamstrings. I had to check off a little bit and those three got away. I was just trying to hold it together. Somebody told me I was

U.S. Men’s Olympic Trial Marathon Fast Facts

FAST FACTS U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon Houston, TX, Saturday, January 14, 2012 Downtown 8 mile loop course – 3 laps with 2.2 mile loop before main course Weather: sunny, clear Temperature: 39F (start); 54F (finish) Wind: WSW 9-12 mph Qualifiers = 158 Declared = 113 Starters = 111 Finishers = 85 Prize