Since 1968, the U.S. Olympic marathon team has been selected at a single Trials race, the first being held in Alamosa Colorado. The top three finishers earn coveted spots on the team. Before 1968, the U.S. Olympic marathoners were selected based on a series of marathon races. With 55 athletes from Colorado competing this weekend, more than any other state, it will be an exciting time to cheer on familiar faces as they bid for those top 3 spots.
Here is how to check out the action this weekend’s Marathon Trials
On TV in your home
The U.S. Olympic marathon trials will air live for the first time, on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. ET. (11am Colorado time) The men’s race starts at 10:06 a.m. P.T. and the women’s race will start at 10:22 as soon as the men come through the first ~2 mile loop downtown.
On TV with running fans
Flatirons Running will be hosting a Olympic Marathon Trials viewing party starting at 11am and promise to provide coffee, drinks, snacks, and enthusiastic company!
Via Twitter and Instagram
Live on the Web
Catch the race live on a computer with NBC’s streaming service, Live Extra. On mobile devices, viewers will need to download NBC’s Live Extra app. (You will need to verify a television provider by entering a username and password based on your cable provider in order to watch online.)
Boulder’s history with the trials
Although Frank Shorter was on the starting line at the first trials in Alamosa, CO, he didn’t finish that year, but came back to tie for the win in 1972 and won again in 1976, being the only runner to win back-to-back Trails races.
Benji Durden who was a Georgia resident at the time made the team in 1980 but was unable to attend the Games in Russia as that was the year the U.S. boycotted.
In 2000 Peter DeLaCerda made the team while CU Alum Scotty Larson was 4th.
In 2004 Alan Culpepper took the win over Meb Keflezighi.
In 2007 (they ran it early in NYC that year) CU Alum Dathan Ritzenhein made the team but narrowly missed the chance in 2012 by just 12 seconds. He is looking to make that team again this year.
1984 was the first time the women’s marathon was introduced. But its only been two female athletes from Colorado to make the team and that was Colleen De Reuck who won the trials in 2004 Kara Goucher in 2012. Both De Reuck and Goucher will be running in this year’s trails. It will be De Reuck’s 4th Marathon trials running for the U.S.