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

Atlanta will host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon for both men and women, according to a press statement from the Atlanta Track Club.

The USA Track & Field and the United States Olympic Committee made the announcement on Monday that the city will host the team trials on Feb. 29, 2020. Hosted by Atlanta Track Club as the local organizing committee, the trials will take place in conjunction with the Atlanta Marathon, which will be held the following day. The top three female and male finishers in the Olympic Trials who have met qualifying performance standards will be named to the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Chattanooga, Austin and Orlando were also bidding to host the team trials event, but Atlanta, which famously hosted the 1996 Olympic Games, played on its legacy to help secure the event.

“We will deliver a race weekend where all qualifiers are treated like champions,” Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said. “Atlanta’s continued Olympic legacy will be an investment in the Olympic future. The future is not just those six athletes who represent us in Tokyo, but all of the athletes who qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon.”

 

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.