POSTED: February 14th 2016

U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials to showcase venues in LA 2024 Summer Olympics bid

DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ / Sports Features Communications  

(SFC)  The men's and women's Marathon Trials to earn a spot on the Rio 2016 United States Olympic Team took place today in Los Angeles.  This event also provide a unique opportunity for the LA 2024 bid leaders to showcase the venues proposed as part of the downtown cluster, while also showing the city's support for Olympic Movement.

The trial providing 375 elite runners - 175 men and 200 women - the opportunity to pursue their Olympic dream by competing for the six spots available for the Rio 2016 team.  The marathon course loops the heart of downtown Los Angeles, beginning and ending at Gil Lindsey Plaza outside Staples Center and looping four times through USC and the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In addition to Staples Center, proposed venue for Olympic basketball and Paralympic wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and the Coliseum, which would host the Ceremonies and athletics in 2024, the runners' route will showcase all venues that comprise LA 2024's Downtown Games Cluster including USC Galen Center, Microsoft Theater and the soon-to-be renovated Convention Center, between them set to host nine Olympic sports and ten Paralympic sports. LA 2024 will be present to cheer runners on as they chase Olympic glory.

According to Janet Evans, LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations: "Events like this are all about the athlete experience. And like every athlete who comes to the City of Angels to train or compete, the elite runners racing this weekend will have a top-of-the-line experience, allowing them to deliver their best possible performances on race day. By putting athletes at the center of our bid, that's exactly what we're trying to achieve - create the best possible athlete experience that allows athletes to focus on nothing other than making their Olympic dreams a reality."

This was echoes by Casey Wasserman, LA 2024 Chairman, who added "As we chase our own Olympic dreams of bringing the Games back to the United States for the first time in 28 years, we could not be more excited to welcome elite athletes from all over the country as they chase Olympic dreams of their own. The Games are in our city's DNA, and we welcome this unique opportunity for our city to support Olympic sport and the Olympic Movement."  

The Olympic Trial are part of "Marathon Week" in Los Angeles, culminating in the 31st Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, February 14.  That event is expected to have more than 25,000 participants from around the world.

To learn more about the efforts of the Los Angeles 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic bid, go to, or follow them on social media via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat using the key term 'LA2024'.

**DR. ERIC C. SCHWARZ is a tenured Senior Lecturer of Sport Management at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.  He has been an academician for 16 years in the areas of sport business management, international tourism, and hospitality management - with special focus on the areas of sport marketing, sport finance, tourism, and facility/event management.  He speaks globally and is the author of numerous publications in these areas, as well as been actively involved in consulting projects working with a multitude of sport and community organizations ranging from grassroots efforts to hallmark events.  

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