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
Dathan Ritzenhein will be aiming to make his third Olympic team in Houston. Photo:

Ryan Hall

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

Hall made a statement at the last Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City, winning the race in a Trials-record 2:09:02, two minutes up on second-place finisher Dathan Ritzenhein. He went on to finish tenth at the Olympic Games in Beijing, and has placed in the top-5 at the last three Boston Marathons, highlighted by his 2:04:58, fourth-place finish last year. Hall finished fifth at the Chicago Marathon in October, running 2:08:04, giving him the two fastest qualifying times amongst the men’s Trials entrants.

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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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