Olympics-LA heat to test Rio hopefuls in US marathon trials

This is the second time runner Jed Christiansen will attend the Olympic Marathon trials. He also ran them in 2012


Olympic qualifiers: Top three men and top three women qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

And Massachusetts will be well represented on the course with nine men and nine women, including seven members of the Boston Athletic Association's running club.

On Saturday, the U.S. Olympic marathon trials will be held in Los Angeles (NBC 1:00 EST) and on Sunday, over 25,000 participants will take part in the iconic Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.

Magnatag Visible Systems, a company located in Upstate NY, plays a role in preparations for "Marathon Week" in L.A.

The race starts and ends near Staples Center and features an initial 2.2-mile loop that extends to a six-mile loop, twisting past downtown, the USC campus and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Like Chichester, a SUNY Geneseo graduate, White says the heat and the 180-degree turns on the criterium-type course won't be conducive to particularly fast times.

Women's race: 10:22 a.m.

Rupp, 29, is expected to be on the starting line when the gun goes off at LA Live at 10:06 a.m. Saturday on the most anticipated marathon debut in American history. The 30-year-old will be competing in the U.S. Olympic marathon team trials Saturday in Los Angeles. He has said that if he finishes in the top three there, he might scrap the marathon.

"I've never run in the temperatures that are expected", said Flanagan, who has a bronze medal from the 10,000-meter race at the Beijing Olympics, which took place in hot and humid conditions.

While Solis tends to stick to roads these days for his marathon training, he does occasionally venture off into some of the desert trails he ran during his high school years.

"I thought about going away to training camp", he said. "But I've done a couple of workouts that would indicate I can put up a respectable time".

The bromide reads that Father Time stands undefeated.

The 40-year-old Keflezighi is seeking to become the oldest male U.S. Olympic marathoner and the only one to make three Olympic marathon teams.

- Scott Reid of the Orange County Register writes about Rupp's decision to run in the marathon trials, and says it has raised eyebrows among insiders for any number of reasons. The window to qualify for the U.S. Trials opened on August 1, 2013. An hour and a half of a group of people running together, then like 35 minutes of one runner slowly pulling ahead. Keflezighi will race. Dathan Ritzenhein was fourth in that race after taking second in '08 and is racing. It's been an almost-singular focus ever since for the former Duluth East star who was 11th in the marathon in London in 2012 (2:26:07). Abdi Abdirahman, 39, is injured. All three have run in previous Olympic Games before. He has gradually transitioned to longer distances in the last 10 years.

Female runners had to meet a time standard of 2 hours, 45 minutes.

The weather forecast for the runners is brutal: bright sunshine, low 70s at the start, 80 by the finish. Murphy ran a half marathon in 2014 and two full marathons in 2015.

Said distance-running historian Ryan Lamppa, "He has an innate ability to be there when it counts". Ignoring the committee's recommendation, USATF chief executive Max Siegel awarded the bid to L.A. According to Race Results Weekly's David Monti, "Under USATF Regulation 18, Siegel has the power to select the sites for USA Championships, but it was unclear if he could select Olympic Trials venues in the same manner". 

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