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Olympic Trials Hopefuls Going For Final Shot At CIM

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 30, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:21 AM UTC
The California International Marathon is a "last stop" for Olympic Trials hopefuls. Photo: Fleet Feet Sacramento.

The course has a reputation for being fast.

The California International Marathon is a "last stop" for Olympic Trials hopefuls. Photo: Fleet Feet Sacramento.

Taking place in December, Sacramento’s California International Marathon (CIM) is one of the last marathons of the year. At this year’s edition, this honor is especially significant: Many Olympic Trials-caliber runners are hoping to use the marathon as their final shot to qualify for the Trials race that takes place in Houston in January.

One such runner is Sacramento’s Jenny Hitchings. In May, the 48-year-old set a PR at the Eugene Marathon when she clocked two hours, 46 minutes, and 10 seconds. The problem is that her time was ten seconds slower than the standard required to qualify for the Trials.

“It’s bittersweet,” she says of the experience.  ”If everything comes together and it’s a great day, like at Eugene, I think I’ll have a shot at this. I basically did it. Now I just have to officially do it.”

The men’s standard is 2:19:00.

“There’s just a ton of people who have signed up with that time in mind,” said race director John Mansoor.

Using CIM to qualify for the Trials isn’t that bad of an idea; it’s a fast race. In last year’s edition, 15 Americans made the standard.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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