ATLANTA – First, Atlanta hosted the College Football National Championship Game in 2018. Next, comes the Super Bowl in 2019.
Now, the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trails in 2020? It could happen.
The Atlanta Track Club announced Thursday its intention to bring the 2020 Olympic Team Trails – Marathon to the state capital.
“Atlanta is a city with an Olympic legacy and an Olympic future,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “This is a place where national champions are crowned. From the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship to the 2019 Super Bowl and now possibly the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon, sports fans know they can count on Atlanta to host world-class events for our country’s best athletes.”
Atlanta Track Club notified USA Track & Field that it will bid to organize the race, which would determine three men and three women who will represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Orlando, Fla., Austin; Texas, and Chattanooga, Tenn, also declared their bid to host the trials.
A USATF site selection committee, comprised of the chairs of the USATF Women’s and Men’s Long-Distance Running Committees, a USATF Athletes Advisory Committee representative, USATF technical director and National Office staff, will review the bids. The winner of the bid won’t be announced until the end of March of this year.
The 2020 trials will be held between January and March of 2020.