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
Amy Hastings, aka "Little Deena" will be aiming to make her first Olympic team on January 14. Photo:

Jason Hartmann

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

The fifth-fastest qualifier in the field, Hartmann will be running in his second Marathon Trials on January 14. The Rockford, Michigan native, who was a high school teammate of Dathan Ritzenhein, finished tenth at the Trials in 2009. He won the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon in 2:12:31, and followed that up with a 2:11:06 personal best at the 2010 Chicago Marathon, where he finished as the top American in eighth place overall.


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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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