CJ Albertson Runs (and Wins) two Marathons in One week, with one second Spread

The American ran the U.S. Olympic Trials standard, then ran even faster seven days later

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How’s about this for consistency: In a remarkable display of endurance and determination, CJ Albertson, the illustrious 50K world record holder, recently accomplished an extraordinary feat—he emerged victorious in two marathons within a mere seven days, running 2:11:09 and 2:11:08.

Albertson’s back-to-back triumphs at the California International Marathon (CIM) and the Baja California Marathon not only underline his current form but also bring him a step closer to perhaps cracking the U.S. Olympic squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics

Let’s delve into the incredible journey of this Fresno native and explore how his recent marathon victories have set a new standard in the world of long-distance running.

Albertson’s California International Marathon Triumph

On Dec. 3, Albertson secured his first triumph at the California International Marathon, crossing the finish line in 2:11:09. His winning time at the CIM was under the Olympic B selection standard time of 2:11:30

This victory not only earned him accolades but also a well-deserved $10,000 prize. 

Although Albertson took a remarkable victory, the CIM course is not World Athletics-certified.

Being a point-to-point course, the course is not eligible for Olympic qualification, meaning Team USA could not secure a third guaranteed marathon spot in the men’s race if Albertson were to qualify at the Olympic Trials.

However, this does not impact runners’ ability to qualify to the US Olympic Marathon Trials.

The CIM was one of the final opportunities for American Olympic marathon hopefuls to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials on February 3 in Orlando, Florida.

With a qualification deadline of December 5, CIM saw over 200 American runners take to the start in an attempt to run the elusive Olympic Trials qualification times.

Albertson’s triumph shared the spotlight with runners from diverse backgrounds, each chasing their Olympic dreams.

Baja California Marathon Victory

Taking on a unique challenge, Albertson embarked on the Baja California Marathon in Mexicali, Mexico, just a week later. 

In a stunning display of athleticism, Albertson prevailed once again, clocking an impressive 2:11:08. His time not only was under the elusive 2:11:30 Olympic B selection standard but also broke the course record by a minute. 

Albertson’s exceptional back-to-back wins not only demonstrated his resilience but also marked the first time an American had won the Baja California Marathon in 42 years.

Olympic Hopeful

Albertson’s ability to hold top form for two major events so close together may not come as a surprise to many. Albertson is the current 50k world record holder, which he achieved in 2022 after running 2:38:43 at the Ruth Anderson Memorial Endurance Run in San Francisco.

Both of Albertson’s marathon times qualify him to run at the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando on February 3. Should he place in the top three at the trials, Albertson would qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

His dedication to high-volume mileage and rigorous training regimens, including 100+ mile weeks with speedy long runs, sets him apart as a seasoned and elite athlete. 

The Unique Challenge of Back-to-Back Marathons

While the unconventional approach of running two marathons in a week may raise eyebrows, Albertson’s success attests to his ability to navigate such challenges. 

As one of 18 U.S. men holding a time under the Olympic B standard, Albertson’s dual victories position him as perhaps a dark horse contender for the U.S. Olympic Team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

CJ Albertson’s back-to-back marathon victories stand as a testament to his exceptional endurance, unwavering dedication, and resilience in the face of challenges. 

As he sets his sights on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, the running community eagerly anticipates Albertson’s continued journey, inspired by his recent remarkable achievements in the world of marathons.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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