THE GOLD STANDARD – What you Needed To Qualify For the Olympic Trials

     This coming Saturday, January 14th, the best marathoners in the US will converge on Houston TX to see who will represent the USA in the marathon in the 2012 London Olympics.  For the first time, both the male and female Olympians will be chosen in the same city on the same day – the top three male and female finishers go to London, and everyone else goes home.
     Are you wondering what it takes to make the cut for Saturday’s big race?  Here are the qualifying stantards that all athletes had to meet to be allowed to toe the line in Houston:

The Men’s Standards
A-Standard – free trip to the Trials!
Marathon – 2:19:00 and under
Half Marathon – 1:05:00 and under
10,000M – 28:30 and under
B-Standard – there is no B Standard for me this time
1) Any competitor who places top ten at USA Marathon Championships in 2008/2009/2010 who runs and who runs 2:22:00 or better will receive an automatic qualification
2) Automatic qualification will be provided to any man who was a member of a past US Men’s Olympic Marathon Team.

The Women’s Standards
A-Standard (trip to the Trials is paid)
Marathon – 2:39:00 and under
Marathon – 2:39:01-2:46:00
Half Marathon – 1:15:00 and under
10,000M – 33:00 and under
Automatic qualification will be provided to any woman who was a member of a past US Women’s Olympic Marathon Team.


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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