From lack of water, poor medical support and a late start time in hot conditions, a lot went wrong at the 2016 Trials and Young concludes "it was probably the local organizing committee's fault."
Linden celebrated after the trials with a vacation in Bali. Here she talks about how she approched the Trials like a "checklist", her favorite Olympic sports and love of music.
He starts off by talking about the sponsorship battle between Sketchers (who sponsors the LA Marathon) and Nike (who sponsors USATF).
The women are better than ever and the men have potential thanks to Galen Rupp, but have some work to do.
Looking at the top 75 men and 75 women, 27 wore brooks and 26 wore Nike. Adidas was 3rd most prominent with 23.
Overall not too well, although Galen Rupp and 5th place Janet Cherobon-Bawcom were notable exceptions.
*MB: Who was the top finisher that qualified with a half?
Barnicle's 3:45:34 last place finish probably isn't the best advertisement for mixing running and marijuana. And no, the rumor that he submitted PBR for his fluid stations wasn't true. *Q&A Part 2 *MB: Chris Barnicle = Greatest performance of the 2016 OTM
Flanagan goes step-by-step through the race from reacting to Keylln Taylor's move to teamwork with Amy Cragg and getting so dehydrated she needed an IV afterwards. She says her issues were due to dehydration rather than fitness and is concerned about performing in hot Rio.
Two identical names in a close-knit running community, they each sometimes find themselves receiving credit for the other's work.
*MB: Chris Chavez (The Runner) vs Chris Chavez (The Reporter)
"Runner Chavez: “I love running for running. Whether it’s because of the community, fitness or training. I hope I run until the day I die.”
If he doesn't make the 10,000 team (and Galen Rupp sticks with the 10K/marathon double) then Puskedra will start focusing on Chicago again.
Zeiger is a 45-year-old who has dealt with injuries, but promised herself she'd finish after DNFing in 2012. Barnicle is a once 62 half runner who now works as a wholesale distributor for medical marijuana dispensaries.
*MB: Chris Barnicle = Greatest performance of the 2016 OTM
Goe: "The marathon trials stories should have been about the performances."
*MB: Kara Goucher unloads on Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp and the NOP - "Justice is coming."
Kevin Hanson: “When Kara finishes, her emotions come out and she cries at the finish line. Everyone associates that with weakness. In fact, it’s anything but weakness. I mean, she is so damn tough. I don’t know if it’s she cares more than everybody else or what, but I’m sincere when I say that. The scary thing as a coach, when Desi is in third and the person in fourth is the person you think is toughest person in the field, you say, oh s---, we’ve got a game in front of us here. That’s because of utmost respect for Kara. People have written her off a thousand times.”
Quotes from Rupp, Toni Reavis and Craig Virgin including NOP doping allegation talk. Rupp reveals the OT marathon debut was Salazar's idea. “It took me a little while to wrap my head around it. It’s not something I was really thinking about. ... And so it took me a while. There were times where I would be ‘Am I crazy to be thinking about doing this?’”
Bahreini is a 22-year-old senior at Oklahoma City University and qualified with a 64:26 half.