USA Track & Field and the United States Olympic Committee announced Monday that Atlanta will host the men and women’s 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon on February 29, 2020. The trials will take place in conjunction with the Atlanta Marathon being held on March 1.
Four cities including Chattanooga, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Orlando, Florida put their bid in for the trials with Chattanooga and Atlanta emerging as top finalists. “Atlanta’s legacy in the sport, their creative commitment to athlete support, and the experience of their event management team were compelling,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel in a statement. “USATF looks forward to working with Atlanta Track Club, the City of Atlanta and the U.S. Olympic Committee on what promises to be an amazing Olympic Trials.”
USATF’s site-selection committee is made up of long-distance running committee members, USATF athletes and National Office staff who conducted site visits. During the trials, the top three female and male finishers who have met qualifying performance standards will be named to the U.S. Olympic Team to compete at the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Previously the site of the 1996 summer Olympic Games, Atlanta will be providing travel stipends and hotel accommodations to all athletes who qualify for the Olympic Trials. During the event, the Atlanta Track Club will provide a hospitality area for the family and friends of athletes and a dedicated athlete-only area.
“We will deliver a race weekend where all qualifiers are treated like champions,” said Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah in a statement. “Atlanta’s continued Olympic legacy will be an investment in the Olympic future. The future is not just those six athletes who represent us in Tokyo, but all of the athletes who qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon.”
Start times, broadcast information and specifics for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon in Atlanta will be announced in coming months.