Why are the Olympic marathon trials being held in Atlanta?
Atlanta won against three other cities to hold the marathon trials for both men and women. Atlanta Track Club executive director Rich Kenah previously told the AJC he thinks Atlanta was selected because of the city’s accessibly due to the airport and the walkability of the downtown race area.
When are the Olympic marathon trials?
The race will start around noon on Feb. 29, with the men leaving the start line around 12:03 p.m. and the women slated to begin around 12:13 p.m.
Where is the route for the Olympic marathon trials?
The athletes will start and finish the race downtown in Centennial Olympic Park. After leaving the start line, the course heads north, looping through Midtown. Eventually, the athletes will make their way down near Summerhill, before heading back to downtown.
Who will compete in the Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta?
In order to participate in the trial, athletes had to run a qualifying marathon between Sept. 1, 2017, and Jan. 19, 2020. For men, the qualifying time was between 2:15:00 and 2:19:00. For women, it was between 2:37:00 and 2:45:00.
Scott Fauble, Parker Stinson and Andrew Bumbalough are among the male runners with the fastest qualifying times, while Sara Hall, Stephanie Bruce and Nell Rojas are at the top of the women's field.
How to watch the Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta:
NBC will broadcast the race beginning at noon, but for Atlantans who want to go out and see it live, spectator information can be found here. For visitors coming in from out of town, there is information on navigating MARTA, where to stay and what to do in Atlanta available here.