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
At 6-foot-3, no one will lose sight of Hartmann in Houston. Photo:

Brett Gotcher

Houston has been kind to Brett Gotcher in recent years. Can he regain the magic he first found here three years ago? Photo:

When Brett Gotcher is in Houston, big things happen. In 2009, the Flagstaff, Arizona-based athlete ran a personal best 1:02:02 to take third at the U.S. Half Marathon Championships. A year later, he ran the fourth-fastest American debut marathon of all-time, clocking 2:10:36 at the 2010 Houston Marathon. Since then Gotcher has quietly flown under the radar, however, and has been relatively quiet since his second at the U.S. 25K Championships in 2010.

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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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