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
Will Shalane Flanagan be the first woman across the finish line at the Trials in just her second marathon? Photo:

Shalane Flanagan

Will Shalane Flanagan be the first woman across the finish line at the Trials? Photo:

The Olympic Marathon Trials race will only be Flanagan’s second stab at the distance, but the Marblehead, Mass., native dazzled in her debut, finishing second at the 2010 ING New York City Marathon in 2:28:40. A bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at the Beijing Games, Flanagan has made it clear that her goal is to once again reach the medal stand in London. She won the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in November in 1:10:49, then took the Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon a month later in 1:09:58 at the end of a heavy training week. Although other in the race have more marathon experience, Flanagan is the favorite in Houston.

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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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