The Greater Cincinnati area has enjoyed a strong running heritage, thanks to pioneers like Bob Roncker, Don Wahle and the like. And that tradition continues this week, as two Cincinnati-area runners head to the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Los Angeles.
On Saturday Tommy Kauffmann and Amy Robillard will join a couple hundred runners in their divisions to determine the top three men and top three women who will represent the U.S. in Rio this summer.
Kauffman will go up against such runners as Boston Marathon winner and three-time Olympic qualifier Meb Keflezighi, and on the women’s side, Robillard, a back-to-back winner of the Flying Pig Marathon, is in the company of three-time Olympian Deena Kastor and seven-time Stanford All-American Sara Hall, among others. By the way, women must finish the marathon in 2 hours and 45 minutes to qualify for the Trials, men, in 2 hours, 19 minutes.
You might remember, Cincinnati was represented on the very first U.S. Olympic women’s marathon team, when Julie Isphording qualified for the 1984 games.
This latest class of runners continues the line of excellence that the Greater Cincinnati area has produced over the years.
From high school cross country to colleges and the many running events staged here, the running community here is large and growing every year. And runners and non-runners alike will be cheering Amy and Tommy as they run for Olympic glory this weekend.
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