“We wanted to do this for a long time because we knew Orlando can really produce what is needed by the course, the staging area and the support from our running community, but also our entire community to really put forth a world-class event.”
Orlando has been selected to host the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Feb. 3, 2024, USA Track and Field and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced on Tuesday. The top three men’s and women’s finishers who meet the qualifying standards set by World Athletics will qualify for the team heading to the Summer Games in Paris.
This will mark the first time that Florida is hosting the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. The other reported finalist was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both cities previously expressed interest in hosting the 2020 trials before it was awarded to Atlanta. Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah later shared that the organizing committee was “well into the red” after hosting in 2020.
The 2024 race will be organized by Jon and Betsy Hughes’ Track Shack, which produced many events in the Orlando area.
I spoke with them on Wednesday morning for some early thoughts and comments on the planning for 2024…
CITIUS MAG: Congratulations. How exciting was it yesterday when they made the announcement public?
Betsy Hughes: It was pretty awesome. We had our whole team with us and we worked so hard for this. We’re very, very excited to show our city off to the rest of the world.