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LA to Host Men & Women’s Marathon Trials

Los Angeles to host 2016 Olympic Team Trials
For Men’s and Women’s Marathon 


LOS ANGELES ‰ÛÒThe
City of Los Angeles will host the Women‰Ûªs and Men‰Ûªs 2016 U.S. Olympic
Team Trials ‰ÛÒ Marathon, USA Track & Field, the U.S. Olympic
Committee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA MARATHON LLC
announced Wednesday. 
 
The
2016 Olympic Trials will be held Feb. 13, 2016. With separate starts,
the men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs races both will be carried in their entirety on
NBC.
 

‰ÛÏWe are thrilled with what Los Angeles will provide to our athletes, the
Olympic movement and the sport of long distance running by hosting this
event,‰Û USATF CEO Max Siegel said. ‰ÛÏWith television coverage on NBC and
incredible public and private support for the race in one of the
world‰Ûªs biggest media markets, everything is in place to continue to
elevate the Olympic Trials and give our athletes
a platform on which they can truly shine.‰Û
 

‰ÛÏI’m happy and honored USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic
Committee have chosen Los Angeles as host city for the 2016 Olympic
marathon trials,‰Û said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  ‰ÛÏWith its
iconic landmarks and decades of experience hosting world class sporting
events, Los Angeles is the ideal location for America‰Ûªs elite
marathoners to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in
Brazil.‰Û
 
‰ÛÏThe
U.S. Olympic Committee is pleased to be returning to Los Angeles with
this amazing event,‰Û USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. ‰ÛÏAs the host of the
1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles has a tremendous Olympic legacy
and L.A.‰Ûªs status as a global center of sport and culture make it an
exceptional host for the Olympic Trials.‰Û
 
Making history
 
In
winning the bid, LA MARATHON LLC proposed a February race date that
accommodates an NBC broadcast and ensures athletes optimal time to
recover should they choose to run in the 2016 Olympic Trials for Track
& Field in June.  The LA Marathon will follow a day later, on Feb.
14, 2016, providing a weekend festival that celebrates road racing on
all levels.
 

‰ÛÏSecuring the privilege of hosting the Olympic Trials Marathon could not
have been accomplished without the tireless partnership and commitment
from business and civic leaders across Los Angeles, including the LA
Sports Council,‰Û said Tracey Russell, CEO of LA MARATHON LLC. ‰ÛÏIt truly
seems appropriate that today, some 30 years after Joan Benoit
Samuelson‰Ûªs 1984 triumph in the first Olympic
women‰Ûªs marathon here in this city, we‰Ûªre announcing once again that
America‰Ûªs Olympic marathoners will create history and find glory on the
streets of Los Angeles. By securing the Olympic Trials, Los Angeles is
now set to deliver this city‰Ûªs biggest running weekend since that iconic
victory, providing our LA Marathon participants and fans with a rare
opportunity to be part of an Olympic Trials celebration.‰Û
 

‰ÛÏCongratulations to Mayor Garcetti, to our team at LA MARATHON LLC, and
to all of our partners involved in the 2016 Olympic Trials bid,‰Û said
Frank McCourt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCourt Global,
who in 2008 acquired the operating rights to the LA Marathon. ‰ÛÏToday‰Ûªs
announcement clearly illustrates the positive impact that smart people
and effective public-private partnerships can
deliver for the community and for the sports we‰Ûªre passionate about. 
We hope that today marks the start of a very long and productive
relationship between LA MARATHON LLC and USA Track & Field.‰Û
 
National Tour
 

Hosting the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles continues a
national tour for the event: In 2004, the women‰Ûªs Olympic Trials were in
St. Louis and men‰Ûªs in Birmingham, Ala.; the 2008 Olympic Trials were
held in Boston (women) and New York (men); and 2012 saw both races
together for the first time in Houston. USATF entertained bids for the
2016 Olympic Trials from three cities: Cincinnati, Houston and
Los Angeles.
 
‰ÛÏHouston
did a phenomenal job hosting the first combined men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs
marathon Olympic Trials in 2012,‰Û Siegel said. ‰ÛÏIn Los Angeles, we will
continue to grow that model and help elevate the excitement for the
Olympic Trials throughout the country.‰Û
 
Start times and specifics on the criterium courses for both the men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs races will be determined in coming months. 

 
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USA Track & Field
(USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field,
long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF
encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the
most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country‰Ûªs #1 high school
and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million
adult runners in the United States. For more information
on USATF, visit
www.usatf.org
.
 
LA MARATHON LLC
is a leading U.S. running organization dedicated to inspiring the
athlete in every runner and connecting communities through health and
fitness.  The LA Marathon is among the largest marathons in the country
with more than 25,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds
of thousands of spectators. The
‰ÛÏStadium to the Sea‰Û course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing
near the Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most scenic in the world,
taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark. The
race has been named Best Big City Race by Runner‰Ûªs World.

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