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
Hall dominated in winning the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials and is the favorite heading into this year's race. Photo:

Amy Hastings

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

Like the aforementioned Flanagan, Hastings has only run one marathon, but she ran it so well that she’s one of the contenders worth keeping a real close eye on in Houston. Hastings debuted at the distance last March in Los Angeles, crossing the finish line in 2:27:03 to finish second to Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba. Since her dazzling debut, Hastings took 34 seconds off her 5K personal best, running 15:14 last summer. A teammate of Deena Kastor, Mammoth Track Club coach has dubbed Hastings “Little Deena” for her similarities to the 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist.

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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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