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
Kastor another Olympic team. Photo:

Deena Kastor

Can Kastor make her fourth Olympic team on January 14th? Photo:

The defending champion and a 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, the 38-year-old Kastor will have her hands full with the most competitive women’s Olympic Marathon Trials field in history. After giving birth to her first child last year, Kastor has effectively raced her way back into shape, winning the Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon last October in 1:11:48. Will that fitness be enough to make her fourth Olympic team? We’ll find out on January 14.

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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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