In this bonus episode of the Marathon Running Podcast, we bring you an exhilarating race recap of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trial Marathon that unfolded on February 3, 2024. Tune in to hear about the remarkable performance led by Zach Panning, who blazed through the first six miles at an impressive 4:49 mile pace, steering the lead pack alongside Conner Mantz and Clayton Young, the sole runners to meet the 2:08:10 Olympic standard prior to the race. The drama unfolds with unexpected twists, including the departure of seasoned runners like Scott Fauble, Abdi Abdirahman, and Sam Chelanga. Panning's relentless pace and strategic moves beyond the halfway point set the stage for a thrilling race. The intensity peaks as training partners Mantz and Young share a high-five, navigating the last loop with determination. The race for third adds another layer of excitement, culminating in Leonard Korir's impressive comeback in the final mile, securing a third-place finish. Although Korir faces the challenge of meeting the Olympic standard, his podium finish opens doors for potential Team USA representation in Paris. The episode delves into the gripping details, providing a front-row seat to this Olympic Trials spectacle. Don't miss out on this captivating recount with exclusive excerpts from the press conference, making it a must-listen for marathon enthusiasts and sports aficionados alike.
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