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Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

Gasparilla on road to Olympic Trials


The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association announced that the road to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will pass through Tampa later this month. During the 2014 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon, a field of American distance runners could be attempting to qualify.

Led by two-time men’s Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and three-time women’s qualifier Jen Rhimes, more than a dozen elite-level runners will run Feb. 23.

Runners can achieve the qualifying standards by meeting certain time performances in the Half Marathon. Men must cover a certified 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 5 minutes or faster. On the women’s side, the’ qualifying standard is 1:15 or better.

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