Marathoners challengingUSATFRegar ding the Noon Start for Olympic


Marathoners challengingUSATFRegar ding the Noon Start for Olympic

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Top U.S. Marathon Runners Seek Meeting with USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel to Address Concerns Over 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials Start Time

On Thursday, several of the United States’ leading marathon runners are scheduled to hold discussions with USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel with the aim of addressing the noon start time for the 2024 U.S. Olympic trials. Their primary concern revolves around the challenging heat conditions in Orlando, Florida.

Approximately 100 runners joined forces by signing a letter to USATF on September 15, outlining their apprehensions about the “heightened risk to athletes’ well-being associated with a noon start time” for the race scheduled for February 3. Their collective aim is to secure more favorable conditions that would enable them to achieve faster Olympic qualifying times.

The letter, as reported by Citius Mag, underscores the weather challenges posed by the location and timing of the race. It emphasizes that Orlando consistently experiences high temperatures and humidity, with minimal days featuring a recorded high temperature lower than 70 degrees. In 2023, the average daily high temperature stood at 78 degrees, with several days reaching the high 80s. Moreover, the planned start time, coupled with full sun exposure, would create perilously hot and humid conditions, which are unsuitable for elite marathon racing.

As it stands, the men’s race is scheduled to commence at 12:10 p.m., with the women’s race following at 12:20 p.m. Jared Ward, a member of USATF’s Athletes Advisory Committee, emphasized the importance of Max Siegel’s involvement, stating that Max is open to these types of conversations with athletes” and that his intervention is crucial to address this issue.


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