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Cincinnati Going For 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 7, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM UTC

Two groups are putting a bid together.

In late 2015, one city in the United States will welcome this nation’s top distance runners who will be competing for slots on the Olympic squad that heads to Rio in 2016 via the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

Cincinnati wants to be that city.

According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, officials from the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp as well as the Flying Pig Marathon announced on Tuesday that they plan to put forth a bid to host the race.

Jackie Reau is the chair of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp. Her organization, a nonprofit, seeks to bring sporting events to that city’s region in an effort to boost tourism and the local economy.

According to Reau, the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon would have a $20 million economic impact.

Based on weather patterns, the ideal time for Cincinnati to host the race would be October when temperatures average between 45 and 55 degrees.

The two bidding groups haven’t selected a course yet, but admit it will be “flat and fast.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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