Members of the Atlanta Track Club run near the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Downtown. (Photo by Paul McPherson)

The Atlanta Track Club has announced its intention bring the 2020 Olympic Team Trials – Marathon to the city.

ATC, the nation’s second largest running and walking organization, notified USA Track & Field that it will bid to organize the race, which will determine the three men and three women who will represent the United States at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“Atlanta is a city with an Olympic legacy and an Olympic future,” said Rich Kenah, ATC’s Executive Director. “This is a place where national champions are crowned. From the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship to the 2019 Super Bowl and now possibly the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon, sports fans know they can count on Atlanta to host world-class events for our country’s best athletes.”

The 2020 Olympic Trials will be held between January and March of 2020. The winner of the bid will be announced by USA Track & Field at the end of March 2018. Atlanta is one of four cities to announce their intention to bid for the event. The other cities are Austin, Chattanooga and Orlando.

Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, making it the last American city to host the summer edition of the sporting spectacle. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.