Olympic Marathon Trials: How they work and when they’re happening for 2020


Like leap year, presidential elections, and the Olympics themselves, the Olympic Trials only roll around every four years.  It?s 2020, and that means it?s almost time for another four-year Olympic Cycle to draw to a close. Right now, most of the top runners in the country (including my team) are hard at work training for the upcoming Olympic Trials.  In case, unlike us, every step of your last four years hasn?t been a step toward this single race, here?s a quick primer on the Olympic Trials, as well as a bit of my personal Trials experience. What are the Olympic Marathon Trials? An ?Olympic Trial? might sound like an archaic Greek legal procedure, but it is in fact a competition whereby a country selects its Olympic team. Qualifying for the Trials does not mean that you have qualified for an Olympic team – it?s more like earning the chance to try out. Only the top three finishers in each Trials event make it to the Olympics, so, as you might imagine, it gets pretty competitive.  In 1908, the US became one of only a handful of countries to use an Olympic Trials system. Most other countries simply pick three athletes […] The post Olympic Marathon Trials: How they work and when they’re happening for 2020 appeared first on A Foodie Stays Fit .
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