RunBlogRun interviews Atlanta Track Club's Rich Kenah on bid for 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 15:58

RunBlogRun interviews Atlanta Track Club's Rich Kenah on bid for 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

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USA Track & Field will be making a decision soon on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon site. On January 12, 2018, four cities: Atlanta, Georgia, Chatanooga, Tennessee, Austin, Texas and Orlando, Florida have submitted bids. The completed bids were due on March 19, 2018. The USATF Board of Directors will assess the bids and make a decision, in collaboration with the U.S.O.C. This decision should be coming very soon.

 

In that light, we spoke with the Atlanta Track Club (and would welcome time to speak with the other three bidders) on their bid and why they would want to bid for the Olympic Trials Marathon. Money must be raised by local organizing committees and the USOC strictly enforces their sponsors rights. In the end, the marathon race is one of the few possible headaches with hosting such an event.

RunBlogRun, 1. Why is hosting the Olympic marathon Trials so important for ATC?

 

 

Rich Kenah: We're plenty busy at Atlanta Track Club, so this bid process has not been a win at all costs approach. But we've carefully looked at the event and believe that showcasing America's top endurance athletes as they chase their Olympic dreams fits squarely within our mission. We humbly believe that we are in a position to deliver an unforgettable experience for the athletes as they chase their Olympic dreams. Separately, we believe Atlanta's Olympic legacy creates a backdrop no other city can provide. Olympic fever never subsided in Atlanta and because of that, we are clamoring to welcome the Olympic future to our streets.

Read the rest of the interview at http://www.runblogrun.com/2018/04/runblogrun-interviews-atlanta-track-clubs-rich-kenah-on-bid-for-2020-us-olympic-marathon-trials.html

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