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.