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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati is making a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.
The organizers of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation and Cincinnati USA are putting the bid together.
Officials said the bid is due August 15. The 2016 games will be held in Rio de Janeiro August 5 through August 21.
American long distance runner Ryan Hall -- winner of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials -- will visit Cincinnati on Thursday to check out the marathon course design and consult with the local organizing committee. Hall placed 10th in the Olympic Marathon in Beijing.
Flying Pig Marathon executive director Iris Simpson-Bush leads the committee.
“Cincinnati USA and the Flying Pig Marathon are fortunate to have a strong running community along with an incredible volunteer and spectator network in which we can draw upon to support a major event like the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials,” Bush said in a release.
Organizers said the bid specifications state 100 male and 100 female marathon runners are expected to compete during the trials and it will attract a national TV audience as well as tens of thousands of visitors to the host city. Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field would manage the event.
In a release, Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation board chair Jackie Reau said, “We know Cincinnati USA has a great running community, anchored by the Flying Pig Marathon, the 17th-largest U.S. running festival. We want to leverage our community assets and enthusiasm to produce a world-class sporting event for the athletes representing USA Track & Field while shining a bright spotlight on Cincinnati USA as a great sports host city.”
A news conference with Hall and Simpson-Bush will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Taft Law Center.
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