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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
Meb Keflezighi is hoping his experience can help him make another Olympic Marathon team. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Dathan Ritzenhein

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

The oft-injured Ritzenhein is finally healthy heading into his second Olympic Marathon Trials race on January 14, and that should prove worrisome for other Olympic hopefuls. Second at the 2008 Trials, Ritzenhein was out of action for an entire year following the 2010 New York City Marathon with an Achilles injury. He has since mended, and has been training hard in Portland under the guidance of coach Alberto Salazar, who has helped Ritzenhein run to personal bests in the 5,000m, 10,000m and the half marathon since the two started working together in 2009.

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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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