FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 1st, 2024
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2024 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS – MARATHON FROM ORLANDO THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 3, AT 10 A.M. ET ON PEACOCK
Men’s Race Start Time: 10:10 a.m. ET; Women’s Race Start Time: 10:20 a.m. ET
Encore Presentation at Noon ET on NBC
Two-Time Olympic Medalist Galen Rupp, U.S. Marathon Record Holder Emily Sisson, Rising Star Conner Mantz, and Reigning U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Champion Aliphine Tuliamuk Highlight Field
Race Starts and Finishes in Downtown Orlando
Leigh Diffey, Lewis Johnson, and Olympic Marathoners Kara Goucher and Deena Kastor Call Races
STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 1, 2024 – With less than six months until the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, NBC Sports presents live coverage of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, this Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. ET on Peacock from Orlando, Fla., with an encore presentation on NBC later that day at Noon ET. The runners will begin and end the course in the heart of downtown Orlando, near Lake Eola Park.
The men’s race, slated to start at 10:10 a.m. ET, is headlined by two-time Olympic medalist and two-time reigning U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion Galen Rupp, aiming for his fifth Olympic appearance, rising star Conner Mantz, who leads the field with a personal best of 2:07:47, and his training partner, Clayton Young, a fellow BYU alum and NCAA champion. Mantz finished as the top American at the 2023 Chicago Marathon en route to becoming the fifth-fastest U.S. marathoner of all time, while Young finished seventh in 2:08:00. While competing collegiately at BYU, Mantz won the 2020 and 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, while Young won the 2019 NCAA Outdoor 10,000m.
Additionally, 2016 Rio 10,000m Olympian Leonard Korir, three-time Boston Marathon top American Scott Fauble, and two-time Olympic 5,000m medalist Paul Chelimo, making his debut at the distance, round out the field.
U.S. men have unlocked two of a possible three spots for the Paris Olympics entering Trials, with Mantz and Young being the only men in the field with the Olympic qualifying time (2:08:10). The only way for the U.S. men to unlock a third spot at Trials is for a man who is not Conner Mantz or Clayton Young to run at or under the Olympic standard of 2:08:10. In all other outcomes – the top two finishers who have run at or under the Quota Reallocation Time of 2:11:30 within the qualification period (inclusive of Trials) will be named to the team, and there will be a waiting game to determine if the U.S. can send a third male marathoner to the Paris Olympics. For more information on the qualification process, click here.
The women’s race, with the gun going off at 10:20 a.m. ET, is highlighted by Tokyo 10,000m Olympian and U.S. marathon record holder Emily Sisson (2:18:29), 2022 World Championship marathoner Keira D’Amato, reigning U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion Aliphine Tuliamuk, fastest U.S. marathoner of 2023 Betsy Saina, two-time Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon winner Des Linden, and fourth-fastest U.S. marathoner of all time Sara Hall, seeking her first Olympic berth.
The U.S. women have unlocked all three Olympic spots for Paris. The top three finishers across the line in Orlando will be named to the team as long as they have run at/under 2:29:30 within the qualifying window (inclusive of Trials).
Leigh Diffey will call the action, joined by analyst and two-time Olympian Kara Goucher, who finished in 10th place at the 2012 London Olympic Marathon, and on-course reporter and 2004 Athens Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor, a three-time Olympian who held the U.S. marathon record from 2006-2022. Lewis Johnson will also serve as reporter.
All coverage on Peacock and NBC will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
In Paris this summer, the world’s greatest athletes will compete against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities in the world where the modern Olympic Games were conceived 130 years ago. This will be the third time Paris has hosted the Olympics (1900 and 1924), tying London for the most as a Summer Games host. Los Angeles (1932, 1984) will tie those two cities when it hosts the first Summer Games in the U.S. in 32 years in 2028.
The Paris organizers are reimagining the Games to make them more accessible to the public and to showcase their city to the world. In a first, competitions will be held amidst iconic Parisian landmarks – beach volleyball at the Eiffel Tower, equestrian at the Palace of Versailles, and urban sports at Place de la Concorde. The surfing competition will take place nearly 10,000 miles from Paris in Tahiti, a part of French Polynesia.
In May, NBCUniversal announced that the NBC broadcast network and streaming service Peacock will be the company’s primary platforms for its coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024, scheduled for July 26-Aug. 11, 2024. Click here for more programming information and here for information about the Paralympics, which will take place Aug. 28-Sept. 8.
NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights to the Olympic Games through 2032, which are scheduled for Paris (2024), Milan Cortina (2026), Los Angeles (2028) and Brisbane (2032). The host city for the 2030 Olympic Winter Games has not yet been chosen.
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