The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association announced that the road to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will pass through Tampa later this month. During the 2014 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon, a field of American distance runners could be attempting to qualify.
Led by two-time men’s Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and three-time women’s qualifier Jen Rhimes, more than a dozen elite-level runners will run Feb. 23.
Runners can achieve the qualifying standards by meeting certain time performances in the Half Marathon. Men must cover a certified 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 5 minutes or faster. On the women’s side, the’ qualifying standard is 1:15 or better.