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Event Logo 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020
Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta, GA


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IN THEIR WORDS

GRACE BOWEN (Dashing Whippets Racing Team)
It’s hard to put into words how special last weekend in Atlanta was. The size of the women’s field was deep, the camaraderie even deeper. I feel privileged to have had this experience, to have met so many incredible women, and to have toed the start line with the nation’s greatest. Despite how challenging the course and conditions were, the crowds worked hard to keep even my darkest miles light and were undoubtedly successful in doing so. Crossing the finish line brought a n overwhelming sense of accomplishment, relief, pride, and joy that I don’t know I’ve ever felt before. I walked away from the race and away from the weekend inspired and ready for more. I will hold onto and cherish the memories and magic of this weekend forever! 



ANGELA ORTIZ (Distance Project NYC)
I knew the course was going to have teeth, especially considering the windy weather forecasted for the day, so I planned to go out very conservatively for the first two eight mile loops and try to reel people in on the last, longest loop. I tucked into a pack of women shortly after the start, many of whom are wonderful runners I know from NYC, and we took turns leading until around mile 14 or 15. At that point I still felt pretty good, I pressed on and eventually, the pack broke up. 
 
The crowds on the course were unlike any crowds I’ve heard, even in big-city, marquee races like London and NYC. Everyone cheering on the sidelines had shared in our collective journeys to make it to that start line. Family, friends, fellow runners - they knew all about the bumpy road many of us travelled to get to Atlanta. We were all in this together, and had been for a long time. I’ve never in my life heard such a supportive crowd during almost every single step of the 26.2 miles. They were such a lifting presence when the pack strung out, and I could finally feel the full force of the 15-20mph gusts.  
 
I kept holding back until mile 22, and then I knew it was time to make it hurt. And oh boy, did it hurt. The hills and the wind. The wind and the hills. I took comfort in seeing my Distance Project NYC teammates and NYC running friends turning around and coming back at me during the many 180 degree turns, especially the turn that began a long ascent around mile 24/25. We were more strung out than ever at that point, and the wind kept knocking my legs into each other. We were running sideways and forward at the same time. 
 
Mile 25.5 was the beginning of the last descent down to the finish in Centennial Olympic Park. The crowds were deep, but I couldn’t hear anything. My focus was solely on the person in front of me, pulling me towards the finish. I finished in 2:47:01 - my slowest marathon in four years, but the hardest marathon I have ever run - without a doubt. I was happy that the plan my coach (Mario Fraioli) and I had discussed had kept me from fully falling apart, and happy that I was able to gain 103 places over the last half of the race. Most of all, I was happy that I was able to participate in the enormity of the day, a milestone in US women’s distance running, the deepest, most committed field of marathoners I’ve ever run with, and the most supportive and jovial race atmosphere of any race I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of. Atlanta Track Club did what many thought was impossible: made all of us feel like rockstars. Every volunteer was kind and helpful, and the race organizers had every thing down to a science. This was absolutely one of the most memorable race experiences of my life, and without question, despite how sore and beat up I am as I type this, I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

 
MATT RAND (Central Park TC New Balance)
This was the toughest marathon I’ve ever run, but an awesome experience. Ran with Tyler for first ~7M. Planned on starting around 5:25 pace for first 10M, but ended up a couple seconds faster. Even then, I was close to the back of the back (family reported 198th near 10k). Started passing people after 8 miles or so, and crossed half in 70:23. Increased effort a bit from 16-19 and passed a lot more people. Last 3 mile loop was the toughest section of any marathon course I've ever run - steep hills, hairpin turn under the rings, and strong wind tunnels. It was a brutal grind to the finish, but I hung on for 108th of 242. Almost a quarter of the men’s field didn't finish, which isn't surprising given how grueling it was out there. Happy I pushed through and outperformed my seed by over a 100 places. Fueling was normal. I opted out of the bottle service and had 4 Maurten gels. Took a few sips of water at every stop, also dumped a lot down my back. Sneaky warm weather. I got sunburned pretty badly.
 
Special weekend overall. ATC did a great job supporting all the athletes - this was the most elite I've ever felt in my running career. Competing with the best for a spot in the Olympics was exhilarating and surreal at times. Spectator support along Peachtree was the best I've ever experienced in a marathon. It was great to have a lot of family and a big Tufts alum crew down there supporting as well. Although I hope to be back in 4 years, I approached the weekend as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. No regrets with how things played out.


NEW YORK RESULTS SCOREBOARD
complete results: men | women

Place

Name

Bib #

Age

City, State

Affilation

 

MEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

108

Matt Rand

212

28

Ozone Park, NY

Central Park TC New Balance

2:25:43

135

Brendan Martin

78

30

New York, NY

New York AC

2:29:34

152

Thomas Slattery

205

 

Garden City, NY

New York AC

2:32:22

170

Christopher Bendtsen

116

28

New York, NY

New York AC

2:47:32

DNF

Mark Leininger

157

29

Colts Neck, NJ

New York AC

- 

WOMEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

68

Caitlin Phillips

46

37

Brooklyn, NY

 

2:42:16

70

Mia Behm

39

31

Brooklyn, NY

 

2:42:26

88

Alexandria Bernardi

304

33

New York, NY

Central Park TC New Balance

2:43:22

97

Harriott Kelly

75

32

New York, NY

Distance Project NYC

2:43:40

109

Sarah Cummings

59

31

New York, NY

New York AC

2:44:14

138

Jessica Chichester

200

33

New York, NY

Dashing Whippets RT

2:45:49

161

Angela Ortiz

105

39

Brooklyn, NY

Distance Project NYC

2:47:01

178

Erika Fluehr

203

26

New York, NY

New York AC

2:48:15

181

Lauren Perkins

244

37

Brooklyn, NY

Distance Project NYC

2:48:23

196

Andrea Bradshaw

366

31

New York, NY

Central Park TC New Balance

2:48:38

201

Jenny Donnelly

412

28

New York, NY

Central Park TC New Balance

2:48:50

208

Alex Cadicamo

126

31

New York, NY

New York AC

2:48:14

213

Leigh Sharek

190

31

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn TC

2:49:26

241

Grace Bowen

438

27

New York, NY

Dashing Whippets RT

2:50:59

269

Kelly Calway

137

35

McLean, VA

U.S. Army

2:52:17

270

Jeanne Mack

94

29

San Francisco, CA

Brooklyn TC

2:52:19

312

Allison Goldstein

363

34

Jersey City, NY

Distance Project NYC

2:55:09

319

Carly Gill

212

28

Brooklyn, NY

 

2:55:58

DNF

Allie Kieffer

14

32

West Islip, NY

Oiselle

- 

DNF

Roberta Groner

17

42

Ledgewood, NJ

New York AC

- 

DNF

Esther Atkins

64

33

Greenville, SC

New York AC

-

DNF

Ana Johnson

256

37

New York, NY

Distance Project NYC

-

DNS

Megan Foster

278

42

New York, NY

Oiselle / Distance Project NYC

-






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