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Indianapolis Marathon sees 39 runners qualify for Olympic trials

Record numbers of people are qualifying for the US Olympic Marathon Trials

The US Olympic Marathon Trials are just over three months away. While the trials have previously been seen as a goal reserved for Olympic hopefuls, it’s becoming clear that this is no longer the case. The event is producing historically large fields with organizers now expecting around 600 total runners and the Indianapolis Marathon just helped to bump that predicted entry number.

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The hardest thing I’ve ever done. Right after this picture I broke down and cried. The cold, wind and hills kicked my butt….but it was a gorgeous course with beautiful fall leaves 🍁! @rachgharris81 pushed me along and made sure I finished strong…when really I wanted to stop and walk. She’s freaking amazing. . During the last 8ish miles I had to keep repeating, I am strong. I can do hard things. I want my kids to see this and know they can do hard things when they set their mind to it. I also couldn’t help but think of my sweet daughters prayer the night before I left. She said, “I’m thankful Mom can run this race. Please help her to be strong and finish strong”. 😭. Really I am so thankful for a strong and healthy body and that I was able to complete a marathon. . I’m going to miss hanging out with Rachael every morning…there’s no way I would have trained by myself for this! I also couldn’t have trained this hard without my rockstar of a husband @state48glass. He definitely is the BEST and is so supportive with all my crazy ideas. I’m also thankful for Travis @tsellers_dpt for keeping my muscles healthy….my hips and knees needed some good therapy! What’s next?! Time to build up my strength! I can’t wait to get back on my normal lifting schedule 💪🏼.

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On Sunday, 39 runners from the event qualified for the trials–that’s nearly three times the number that qualified in 2018. Of those 39 runners, 22 of them were women who ran under the marathon standard of 2:45:00. Of those 22 women, four of them are masters runners. The 2016 trials were held in LA, where 457 runners qualified. With three months still remaining until the gun goes in Atlanta, 522 runners have qualified.

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In March of this year the IAAF released the 2020 Olympic standards, they were times so fast that they bettered certain Canadian records. But after the initial shock of the new marks, people began rising to the occasion. And this elevated the game of lots of runners, not just elites or Olympic hopefuls.

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Photo: David Woods / Indianapolis Star

Of the 522 runners going to the Olympic trials, roughly 20 of them (ten men and ten women) actually have a shot at going to the Olympics. But for everyone else in the race, it’s still a very cool thing to get to participate in and an exciting goal to set for themselves. Runners can qualify for the trials one of three ways: half-marathon or marathon ‘A’ or ‘B’ standards.

The standards

Men Marathon  – ‘A’ 2:15:00 ‘B’ 2:19:00
Half-Marathon – 1:04:00

Women Marathon – ‘A’ 2:37:00 ‘B’ 2:45:00
Half-Marathon – 1:13:00

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The window for qualification is open until January 19, 2020 and if Indianapolis was any indication, the California International Marathon, one of the few races between now and then, is sure to be a fast one.