The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials take for Saturday, Feb. 3 in Orlando, and will decide who will represent the United States in the marathon on the streets of Paris.
Athletes across the U.S. had a nearly two-year window to run under the Trials qualification standard in order to gain entry into the Olympic Marathon Trials. A number of big and small events across the country (and the world) functioned as the proving grounds for these runners.
Runners had to finish a sanctioned marathon in under 2:18:00 or half-marathon in under 1:03:00. Of the 173 qualifiers, 169 did so with a marathon, while just four used a half marathon to gain entry.
Former BYU athletes and current training partners Conner Mantz and Clayton Young are the only two men in the field to run under the Olympic “A” standard of 2:08:10, meaning that if they place first and second in Orlando they will go to Paris.
If the race unfolds differently, the situation becomes complicated. A number of talented veterans have run solid times to gain entry, including Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp, Sam Chelenga and Scott Fauble. But each of their paths depends on many factors, which means the men’s race will be filled with uncertainty, intrigue and ultimately quite a bit of drama at the finish line.
The women’s entry list can be found here.
We’ll be on-site at the 2024 US Olympic Marathon Trials to bring you live updates beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, February 3. Find our live updates here on race morning.