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
Can Galen Rupp make the Olympic Marathon team in his first try at the distance? Photo:

Galen Rupp


Can Galen Rupp make the Olympic Marathon team in his first try at the distance? Photo:

A surprise late declaration to the race, Rupp will be running in his first marathon when he lines up for the Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14 in Houston. The 25-year-old Rupp qualified for the race with his 1:00:30 runner-up finish at the New York City Half Marathon in March. Last summer he shattered the American record in the 10,000 meters, running 26:48 in Belgium to take 11 seconds off Chris Solinsky’s sub-27 minute mark. Rupp’s entry to the race is a curious one (he trains with Alberto Salazar’s Oregon Project along with Dathan Ritzenhein), as he’s one of the overwhelming favorites to make next summer’s Olympic team in the 5,000 and/or 10,000 meters. Despite his lack of long distance road racing experience, if Rupp decides to make a move in Houston, other competitors would be wise not to let him get too far away.

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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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