Breaking Down the Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials Start List

We chart which races yielded the most qualifiers, a heat map of where the athletes train, and a searchable start list

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The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials are set for Saturday, Feb. 3 in Orlando. And although the official Trials website provides individual athlete pages, there was no simple way to scan or search the complete list of Trials entrants. So we decided to build one. We also compiled a nifty chart showing where each runner qualified for the Trials, along with a heat map to give you a sense of where the top marathoners in the country train and live.


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.


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 2:38:00 or half-marathon in under 1:12:00. Of the 108 qualifiers, 99 did so with a marathon, while just nine used a half marathon to gain entry.

American marathon record holder Emily Sisson is the headliner, along with Keira D’Amato, who is second American all-time at the distance.

In total, 14 athletes qualified with the Olympic “A” standard, meaning that they technically could have been automatically selected by their national Olympic committee based on time alone. But the U.S. does things differently, requiring marathoners to run the Trials and place in the top three in order to make the Paris squad.

The men’s entry list can be found here.

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