And Your US Olympic Marathon Team Is…

Let’s meet the 2012 US Olympic Marathoners:

Desiree Davila, Ryan Hall, Meb, Shalene Flannagan, Abdi Abdirahman and Kara Goucher.

I got to say, the fact that there was a ton of sportsmanship shown during and after the race was awesome. Meb was cheering for the female runners he was lapping on the last lap while they cheered for him.  When Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdiraham nearly collided during the race, Ryan apologized while still running.  The top 3 men went and congratulated Dathon Ritzenheim after he came in 4th and missed the to 3 by  8 seconds.

Shalene Flannagan set a trials record and the top 3 ladies were all thrilled for each other for making the squad.  Deena Kastor, who won Olympic Bronze in 2008, was disappointed with 6th place (and who wouldn’t when only the top 3 go to London), but was more than thrilled with the top 3 ladies representing the US.

Way to stay classy my running Idols!  And thanks for not stepping on someone’s throat during a game or complaining that the event wasn’t all about you 🙂

When, Oh When, Will the Trials Be on??

Dear NBC and Universal Studios,

In case you were unaware, today was the Olympic Trials for the Marathon.  You know, that race that’s 26 miles 285 yards that’s taking place as part of the London Olympics this summer?  Apparently, you were aware as you bought the stream rights to the race in Houston.  The race was at 9 am, and it’s just now being put on NBC. Really??  As a runner, I was a little peeved.  And by a little, I mean a lot.  Yes, running isn’t soccer, the NBA, NFL, football or college basketball, but you’re daggon wrong if you thought there wasn’t an interest for it.  Following it on twitter and facebook is definitely not the same as watching.  Let’s face it, it’s hard to figure out where someone in 140 characters.  To boot, competitor.com lost connection and couldn’t tweet us because of you people.  What do have against runners??  There aren’t any good cartoons on these days anyways that can take the place of this.

Congrats to Meb, Ryan Hall and Abi for the men and Shalene, Desi and Kara for the women.  However, NBC and Universal, you dropped the ball. Yet again.

Sincerely,

Me

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