Sizing Up 2016: Who Will Make The U.S. Olympic Marathon Teams?

Shalane Flanagan set the pace at last year's Boston Marathon all by herself. Photo:

[Updated: August 13, 2015]

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon races in Los Angeles are only 6 months away—Feb. 13, 2016. All six members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon team—Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman; Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden and Kara Goucher—are all hoping to repeat their top-3 performances from the 2012 Trials in Houston and earn a spot at the 2016 Games in Rio. Over the past three years, however, a new class of potential contenders has emerged and could shake up the scope of American marathoning as we know it.

Here’s a quick glance at who some of the top men’s and women’s contenders might be next February, based on recent results, PRs and other considerations.


The State of U.S. Men’s Marathoning In The U.S. 

— Annie Bersagel: hasing The American Dream From Oslo

Abdi Abdirahman
Nick Arciniaga
Annie Bersagel
Serena Burla
Jeffrey Eggleston
Shalane Flanagan
Shalane Flanagan set the pace at last year’s Boston Marathon all by herself. Photo:
Ryan Hall
Amy Cragg
Kara Goucher
Meb Keflezighi
Lauren Kleppin
Adriana Nelson
Dathan Ritzenhein
Ryan Vail
Desiree Linden
Ian Burrell
Matt Tegenkamp
Renee Metivier Baille
Craig Leon
Brett Gotcher
Caitlin Comfort
Josphat Boit
Clara Santucci
Deena Kastor
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom
Christo Landry
Shadrack Biwott
Laura Portis
Fernando Cabada
Kellyn Taylor
Ben Bruce
Bobby Curtis
Sara Hall
Tyler McCandless
Gabe Proctor
Jake Riley
Jared Ward
Brianne Nelson
Becky Wade
Esther Erb
Tyler Pennel
Tim Young
Young who lives in Fredericksburg, Va., recently represented the U.S. at the Pan-Am Games, where he finished 6th in 2:19:34. He ran a personal best 2:14:40 last fall in Chicago.
Aaron Braun


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