Houston in the 'running' for marathon trials

January 15, 2010 12:14:23 PM PST
Houston is hoping to host the 2012 Olympic marathon trials. According to Doug Logan, CEO USA Track and Field, he's in not-so-secret talks with the City of Houston to bring one or more of the marathon trials here in 2012. Houston has made an aggressive bid, with the Houston Marathon committee in charge of it.

The Olympic trials are a separate race from the Houston Marathon, and would likely take place the day before, on a Saturday. The trials would not be run on the Houston Marathon course, but on a different five or six loop course. There are various potential locations, but Houston Marathon Managing Director Steve Karpas tells Eyewitness News the course likely chosen would run along Buffalo Bayou and the Memorial area.

Houston is competing with Boston and New York to hold the trials for the men, women or both. There are many criteria for selection, including which location best showcases the runners' talent and financial considerations, such asTV partners.

The marathon trial winners go to compete in London. A decision is expected to come in 30 to 45 days.
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