Los Angeles wins host duties for marathon time trials; Cincinnati comes up short

Cincinnati came up short in its bid to host the marathon time trials for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The men’s and women’s street race events were awarded to Los Angeles, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984 and plans to bid for the 2024 Games.

Cincinnati, L.A. and Houston were the finalists for the time trials. The three cities made a final presentation to USA Track & Field, the sport’s national governing body, at the organization's annual meetings in December in Indianapolis.

Four USATF officials visited Cincinnati in September and looked over the proposed course, hotels and the convention center, and met with city leaders, according to Jackie Reau, board chair of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation.

The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation put together Cincinnati’s bid with input from two-time Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall, Reau said during a September.

Hall, winner of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, visited Cincinnati on Aug. 8 and ran the proposed course, an 8-mile loop through downtown and Northern Kentucky. After getting Hall's critique, local officials switched to a 6-mile loop.

Hall suggested the course was too hilly.

"He gave us some great feedback," Reau said. "We made it flatter and tightened it up so now it's basically a 6-mile perimeter of downtown and the riverfront."

Marathoners would run the course four times.

During his visit, Hall supported the city on its bid.

"The running community is so vibrant here. Twenty-three percent of people in Cincinnati say they run. We'd have huge crowds. It would be a really exciting atmosphere,” Hall said.

The trials will include the top 100 male and 100 female runners and attract a national TV audience and thousands of visitors.

No date has been set for the event.

The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5-21.

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