L.A. to Host Olympic Marathon Trials

By City News Service

Los Angeles will host the U.S. marathon trials for the 2016 Olympic Games, city and USA Track & Field officials announced Wednesday.

The trials will be used to select the three men and three women to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Houston, the site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and Cincinnati were also vying to host the trials.

The trials will be held Feb. 13, 2016, and both the men’s and women’s races will be televised by NBC. The LA Marathon will be held the next day.

“We are thrilled with what Los Angeles will provide to our athletes, the Olympic movement and the sport of long-distance running by hosting this event,” USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said.

“With television coverage on NBC and incredible public and private support for the race in one of the world’s biggest media markets, everything is in place to continue to elevate the Olympic Trials and give our athletes a platform on which they can truly shine.”

Los Angeles’ effort to land the trials has been seen by some as a precursor to a city bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

“With its iconic landmarks and decades of experience hosting world-class sporting events, Los Angeles is the ideal location for America’s elite marathoners to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

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January 30, 2014  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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