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No Stadium Finish For Olympic Marathons

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 5, 2010
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC

Despite protests, 2012 races will start and finish at The Mall.

Citing concerns of “disruption”, organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London have decided to break from tradition and move the start and finish of the Olympic Marathons from the familiar setting of Olympic Stadium to The Mall–a move that has infuriated East End city councillors.

“There is no better way to celebrate and showcase London’s ethnic diversity than to have the world’s best athletes run past the mosques, churches, temples and cultural centres that make up the fabric of East End life,” it read in a letter from the local council leaders to the Games organizing committee.

Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organizing committee, said the move is in the best interest of everyone involved and necessary in order to prevent disruption during a busy time.

“Our prime objective as the organising committee has to be to deliver venues and events that work for the athletes, spectators, and for the host city – venues that provide the best possible way of keeping the city moving, minimising disruption for everyone and, critically, getting the athletes and spectators to the venues on time,” Coe said.

For More: The Guardian

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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