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This is Coffee with Larry, our almost daily podcast on all things global athletics from #RunBlogRun.

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Our topics;

1. The 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials will be help d on February 3, 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

2. The race is managed by John and Betsy Hughes, of the local iconic running store, Track Shack. John, Betsy and their son put on 45-50 races a year. I met them almost 40 years ago when they began managing the Disney Marathon.

3. The course is honest and will make the elite marathoners of the US work for their positions. The weather should be moderately humid, with temperatures hitting 70-75 near the end of the race.

4. The men’s race lost Jared Ward, a 2016 Olympic team member, who pulled out last Tuesday.

5. The women’s race lost Molly Seidel, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic bronze, and a recent 2:23.07 PB at the Chicago marathon. Molly had a flare-up of a knee injury for the past month (rumored on LetsRun) and did not believe she could run hard for 26 miles with the current condition of her knee. Our story: http://runningnetwork.com/index.php/news/334-molly-seidel-withdraws-from-the-2024-us-olympic-trials

Coming back from injuries, Molly Seidel ran a briliant 2:23.07, for 8th in 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by Kevin Morris

6. Emily Sisson, AR holder, 2:18.29 is the odds on favorite for the women. Emily ran a 2:22 in Chicago last October and has been training well. We dug into the archives for this interview: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/11/socialing-the-distance-featuring-new-balance-sponsored-athlete-emily-sisson.html

Emily Sisson sets AR of 2:18.29 at Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by Bank of America Chicago Marathon/Kevin Morris, all rights reserved.

7. Here is our current piece on Emily Sisson and why we pick her to dominate the #Orland2024 Trials, published in #MoRunner last week: https://morunandtri.com/emily-sisson-who-hails-from-chesterfield-missouri-is-one-of-the-athletes-to-truly-watch-at-the-2024-u-s-olympic-marathon-trials/

Emily Sisson, Chicago Marathon 2023, photo by Kevin Morris

8. On the guy’s side, we see Connor Mantz, Clayton Young, Colin Bennie, Zach Panning, CJ Albertson, Galen Rupp, and Paul Chelimo, as well as in every trial, a big surprise to play a big role.
That means, we have no clue how this race will go, we suspect Connor and Clayton will not play around.

Connor Mantz, Sound Running The Track Meet
American Track League Pro Track Series
JSerra High School, San Juan Capistrano, CA
May 6, 2022
MenÕs 5000m Nike, photo by Kevin Morris

9. Our story on the Trials, from RunningNetwork: https://morunandtri.com/emily-sisson-who-hails-from-chesterfield-missouri-is-one-of-the-athletes-to-truly-watch-at-the-2024-u-s-olympic-marathon-trials/

Clayton Young, Chicago Marathon, photo by Kevin Morris

10. On Sunday, February 4, 2024, the 2024 NB Indoor Grand Prix will be held, here’s the final release on some of the hot fields that will be in Boston and how to watch the meet! https://runningnetwork.com/index.php/news/332-top-matchups-form-as-full-professional-fields-are-released-for-new-balance-indoor-grand-prix-in-boston-on-feb-4

11. Remember, the Marathon Trials are Saturday, Feb. 3. OMEGA Watches Peacock from 10 AM to 1 PM and on NBC from Noon to 3 PM, both Eastern time. #RunBlogRun will be covering the Trials on-site and remotely, watch for our coverage on #facebook, #X, formerly Twitter, and #Instagram.

1939 Marathon shoe, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

12. We will be covering the NB Indoor on Saturday night, Feb. 3, 2024, and Sunday, Feb. 4, live and via social media.

13. This Day in Track & Field, February 1, 2024, by Walt Murphy, used with permission, https://www.runblogrun.com/2024/02/this-day-in-track-field-february-1-2024-by-walt-murphy-used-with-permission.html

Early track spike cobbled by Adi Dassler, circa 1924-1928, photo by adidas Communications

14. RAK half marathon, a true destination half marathon, from the RBR Archives, https://www.runblogrun.com/2024/01/rak-half-marathon-where-speed-and-destination-running-events-meet-a-video-from-the-shoe-addicts-2.html

RAK Half Marathon official banner ads, from RAK

15. Brooks announces a new partnership with Kara Goucher to amplify the power of the run,
https://www.runblogrun.com/2024/01/brooks-announces-new-partnership-with-kara-goucher-to-amplify-the-power-of-the-run-for-all.html

Kara Goucher goes to Brooks Running, photo by Dylan Harris

16. Josh Kerr and the Road to Paris, by Stuart Weir, https://www.runblogrun.com/2024/01/josh-kerr-preparing-for-paris.html

17. Bob Beamon’s 1968 Olympic gold medal, sold today at #Christies for $441k! Here’s the story from #JeffBenjamin!
Jumping Full Circle with Bob Beamon! https://www.runblogrun.com/2024/01/jumping-full-circle-with-bob-beamon.html ,

An Olympic gold medal presented to Bob Beamon for the men’s long jump, Mexico, 1968. 2 3⁄8 in (6cm) diameter, 4 oz. 2 dwt. (128 gr.). Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Offered in The Exceptional Sale on 1 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York, photo courtesy of Christie’s

18. I expect #GalenRupp to give the battle for his fifth Olympic team a big fight, here’s a piece from the Archives https://www.runblogrun.com/2022/08/socialing-the-distance-featuring-olympian-and-nike-sponsored-athlete-galen-rupp-2.html

Galen Rupp, 2016 Rio Olympic marathon, photo by Jeff Benjamin

19. We think Keira D’Amato, Aliphine Tuilimuk, Stephanie Bruce, Kellyn Taylor, and Des Linden will all be in the Women’s Marathon Trials mix.

20. Here’s a fave interview with Des Linden: https://www.runblogrun.com/2022/04/socialing-the-distance-des-linden-2018-boston-marathon-champion-brooks-chief-running-advisor.html

Des Linden, finishing 4th in 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials , Atlanta, GA, photo by Kevin Morris

More to come tomorrow!

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