U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials: 12 Runners To Watch

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jan. 11, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM UTC

Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi is hoping his experience can help him make another Olympic Marathon team. Photo:

A perennial fan favorite, Keflezighi is hoping to rebound from the disappointment of the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, where a hip injury slowed him to an eighth-place finish. The 36-year-old, who captured silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, most recently ran a personal best of 2:09:13 at the New York City Marathon in November. With only 69 days between that race the Trials, the big question is: will Meb have enough in his legs to make another Olympic team?

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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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