Chattanooga declares intent to bid for 2020 U.S Olympic Team Marathon trials

Feb 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Amy Cragg aka Amy Hastings and Shalane Flanagan lead the womens field past the Olympic torch and peristyle end of the Los Angeles Coliseum during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon. (Image: USATF)

The United States Track and Field (USATF) organization announced Friday that Chattanooga plans to submit a bid to host trials for the 2020 Olympic Marathon team.

The other cities in the running are Atlanta, Austin, Texas, and Orlando, Florida.

The trials would be for both the men's and women's team, and held on the same day, early in the year.

Los Angeles held the trials in 2016, and Houston held the trials in 2012.

“To have four new bidders for the Olympic Trials Marathon speaks to the attractiveness of the property and the support for our increasingly successful American marathon corps,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “We look forward to taking the Olympic Trials to a new city to select one of the world’s best Olympic marathon teams.”

NewsChannel 9 has reached out to Chattanooga city officials to get more information.

USATF said last year was one of the most successful years on record for American marathoners. Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the TCS NYC Marathon; Galen Rupp was the first American man since 2002 to win the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and was second at the Boston Marathon; Amy Cragg won the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the 2017 IAAF World Championships; and Jordan Hasay finished third at both Boston and Chicago, where she became the second-fastest American woman in history.

Chattanooga already has experience holding distance races, with several successful IRONMAN 70.3 competitions under its belt.

Final bids for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon are due March 19.

A USATF site selection committee, comprised of the chairs of the USATF Women’s and Men’s Long Distance Running Committees, a USATF Athletes Advisory Committee representative, USATF technical director and National Office staff, will review and assess all bids.

The USATF Board of Directors will make the final site selection this spring, subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Depend on NewsChannel 9 for updates on this story.

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