The Trials Standard
March 12, 2011 - Issue 2  
In This Issue
Road to London
Athlete Spotlight: Remembering Sally
Trials Flashback
Fun Fact
Top 12 Men's and Women's Qualifying Times

2012 U.S. Olympic
Trials Marathon 
January 14, 2012
307 Days

2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifiers 
105 Men  
139 Women

In the News 

Marin Independent Journal 

Mill Valley marathoner hopes Sunday's time is quick enough to fuel Olympic dreams 


Mail Tribune

Medford runner 'on cloud nine,' qualifies for Olympic marathon trials in 2012

Winston-Salem's Nunn: 'Very, very happy' 


Myrtle Beach Sun News

Leading the way | New Jersey woman first female overall winner at Myrtle Beach Marathon


SUNY Cortland

Former Cortland Runner Fred Joslyn Wins Marathon in New Orleans, Qualifies for Olympic Trials

I'm a Mom!


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Road to London


Plans for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon are underway and we are excited to share next year's theme with you - "Road to London."     


Here's a sneak peak of the "look" we are currently working on for race weekend and what you'll see along the U.S. Olympic Trials course.

Athlete Spotlight:
Remembering Sally

This Athlete Spotlight is dedicated to Sally Meyerhoff, 27, who tragically lost her life on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in a cycling accident in Maricopa, Arizona. The 2009 USA 25K road champion was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier with a marathon personal record of 2:35:49 that she set at the 2009 USA Marathon Championship hosted by Medtronic Twin Cities. The seven-time Arizona state champion also finished 20th at the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston, clocking 2:39:39.


Meyerhoff, who was also an accomplished triathlete, recently competed at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston where she finished 14th in 1:15:24. The All-American at Duke University, who was full of energy, had long red hair and often ran in pigtails and a running skirt. She also won the 2011 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona in her hometown of Phoenix this past January in 2:37:56, and last December in Hawaii, she captured the XTERRA Trail Run world title in the half-marathon.


"Sally had such a positive outlook on life, and she encouraged others by example to experience the joys of running, competing and living life to the fullest," said Brant Kotch, Race Director and President of the Houston Marathon Committee. "She is missed already."


The Houston Marathon Committee offers its condolences to the Meyerhoff family.


Click here for more on this tragedy including a photo tribute to Sally.  


Click here to read her blog.  

Trials Flashback  


De Reuck's Redemption

2004 St. Louis, MO


At the 2003 USA Marathon Championship in St. Louis, Colleen De Reuck "crashed and burned" at mile 25 to finish second to emerging star Sara Wells. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, in an event known for its surprises, De Reuck of Boulder, CO, 39, won the race in an upset over U.S. record holder and prohibitive favorite Deena Kastor in a Trials record time of 2:28:25. De Reuck also became a four-time Olympian (three times for South Africa) and the oldest U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion.


De Reuck's performance broke Margaret Groos' record of 2:29:50 set at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in Pittsburgh and for the first time, three women broke 2:30 at the same U.S. Olympic Trials. The top seven times were the fastest times ever recorded for their place at the event and 12 of the top 20 set personal records.


In addition, with her 2:52:21, Bev Docherty of St. Paul, Minn. became the first (and only) six-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials finisher.

Fun Fact 


Houston is the first city to host three U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Houston also hosted the women's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1992.

Top 12 Men's and Women's Qualifying Times*


*As of March 12, 2011  




12:08:41Ryan Hall (CA)2010 Boston Marathon 
22:09:15Meb Keflezighi (CA)2009 New York City Marathon 
32:10:00Dathan Ritzenhein (OR)2009 London Marathon 
42:10:36Brett Gotcher (AZ)2010 Houston Marathon 
52:11:06Jason Hartmann (OR)2010 Chicago Marathon 
62:11:30Nick Arciniaga (AZ)2011 Houston Marathon 
72:12:34Jason Lehmkuhle (MN)2010 Boston Marathon 
82:13:00Jorge Torres (CO)2009 New York City Marathon 
92:13:47Antonio Vega (MN)2010 Boston Marathon 
102:13:51Josh Cox (CA)2009 California International Marathon 
112:14:00Abdi Abdirahman (AZ)2009 New York City Marathon 
122:14:02Sergio Reyes (CA)2010 Twin Cities Marathon 


1       2:26:20      Desiree Davila (MI)2010 Chicago Marathon
2       2:26:22      Magdalena Lewy Boulet (CA)2010 Fortis Marathon Rotterdam
3       2:28:40      Shalane Flanagan (OR)2010 New York City Marathon 
4       2:29:35      Stephanie Rothstein (AZ)2011 Houston Marathon
52:30:51      Collen De Reuck (CO)2010 Copenhagen Marathon
62:30:53      Tera Moody (CO)2010 Chicago Marathon 
72:31:01      Katie McGregor (MN)2010 New York Marathon 
82:32:37      Ilsa Paulson (NY)2009 Twin Cities Marathon 
92:32:51      Zoila Gomez (CO)2010 Chicago Marathon
10     2:33:22      Paige Higgins (AZ)2010 Houston Marathon 
11     2:35:02      Melissa White (MI)2010 Chicago Marathon
12     2:35:06      Kristen Nicolini (MN)2009 Twin Cities Marathon