On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, Los Angeles is hosting the 2016 Men's and Women's U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon, featuring hundreds of the best marathoners in the nation vying for six spots (three for men, three for women) on Team USA that will compete at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. The Trials will take place the day before the annual L.A. Marathon, setting the stage for the city’s biggest running week and providing L.A. Marathon participants and fans alike with a unique opportunity to be part of the Olympic movement.
Defending champions Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan are the fastest men’s and women’s qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon. “Meb and Shalane have raised the bar of American marathoning and inspired a nation,” said USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel. “We are looking forward to spectacular races in Los Angeles and further elevating the profile of U.S. marathoners, on one of the world’s most visible stages.”
Meb Keflezighi, 40, of Mammoth Lakes, California, is one of the most recognized runners in the world. The three-time Olympian earned a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games and placed fourth at the 2012 London Games. He earned his spot on the 2012 Olympic Team at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, Texas where he set a personal best, crossing the finish line in 2:09:08. He has since recorded a new personal best-time of 2:08:37 with his impressive 2014 Boston Marathon victory. If Keflezighi makes the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, he will become the oldest U.S. Olympic marathon runner of all time. Keflezighi said, “As a product of San Diego, and UCLA, I am looking forward to competing in front of family and friends. It would be a great honor to make my fourth Olympic Team, but I know the competition will be very strong.”
Shalane Flanagan, 34, of Portland, Oregon, is also a three-time Olympian. She won a bronze medal in the 10,000m at the 2008 Beijing Games and placed 10th in the marathon at the 2012 London Games. At the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, Flanagan set an Olympic Trials record of 2:25:38 in the second marathon of her career. “For most athletes, pulling on that red, white and blue singlet is what it's all about,” said Flanagan. “There are few things I want more than to make my fourth Olympic Team at the 2016 Games in Rio, and it all starts in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. It's a good omen that Team USA's quest for gold begins in the Golden State!”
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon features a record $600,000 prize purse, with $300,000 awarded among the top 10 men and $300,000 for the top 10 women.
The race begins at 10 a.m. at Gil Lindsay Plaza in front of the Los Angeles Convention Center and goes through a portion of Downtown L.A. The course then heads south through the Figueroa Corridor, USC, Exposition Park, past the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and back up Figueroa to L.A. LIVE. For a detailed map of the race course, visit the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon official website.
To view the course from a new perspective, watch this flyover created by NBC, which will broadcast the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon live beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific.
- 8:00 am: VIP Spectator Bleachers Open
- 9:15 am: Opening Ceremonies Begin
- 10:06 am: Start, Men’s Field
- 10:22 am: Start, Women’s Field
- 12:16 pm (approx.): Finish, Men
- 12:47 pm (approx.): Finish, Women
- 12:40 pm (approx.): Medal Ceremony - Top Three Men
- 1:10 pm (approx.): Medal Ceremony - Top Three Women
Come out and put your Feet On The Street to help cheer on the best marathoners in the country! It’s a free, family friendly and worthwhile way to spend a few hours on a Saturday.
Here’s how to get your Feet On The Street:
- Select a location on the course along the Figueroa Street Corridor that you would like to cheer from and sign up online by Feb. 10, 2016.
- Rally friends, family, co-workers, school-mates and neighbors to join the fun. Email, call and text your team to get them to commit and get excited.
- Start planning and decide how you will support the athletes to make them feel the L.A. Love. Get creative with signs, pom-poms, matching shirts, and lots of USA and L.A. spirit. It’s up to you and your group how much you want to do. (As long as you follow the guidelines, of course.)
- Go out and cheer! The race is on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. and along the loop course you will see these elite athletes multiple times, so be sure to stay and cheer until at least 1 p.m.