Who else is so hyped on all this Olympic Marathon Trials energy?!
I can’t get enough of these stories. For me, it’s not just about speed and talent. Yes, that’s absolutely a huge part of it. It’s incredible to see people doing remarkable things — “ordinary” people running extraordinarily fast! But I think the reason I’m feeling so much run love and inspiration right now is because of the stories.
Every single person who will stand on that start line in Atlanta in a few weeks is there with a story. For a select bunch, that day will be about the sole goal of finishing in the top three and earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team. It’s a lifelong dream, the culmination or even the beginning of years of hard work.
For others, it’s about the experience. For many, it seems, the biggest goal was qualifying for the Trials, and this race is the victory lap. Everyone has a reason for being there. Everyone has a dream. If I could, I would sit down with all 500+ runners to hear more about every single dream. When did they realize they were capable of being an Olympic Trials Qualifier? Was there someone in their lives who believed in them and told them to go for it? Was the motivation all inherent? What were the challenges on the road to the OTQ? What’s it like being part of America’s fastest marathon, with the country’s most talented distance runners?
I get chills! It’s so exciting, and I’m so looking forward to being in Atlanta for all the action.
If you’ll be in the area, I’m hosting two live podcast events and I’d love to see you there! Here’s everything you need to know:
Ali on the Run Show LIVE at the America’s Marathon Weekend Experience
When: Friday, February 28 @ 10:15 AM
Where: The America’s Marathon Weekend Experience (the expo), Georgia World Congress Center
Who: Some of your favorite past Ali on the Run Show guests who will be running the next day! Lineup includes Kaitlin Gregg Goodman, Amanda Nurse, Ladia Albertson-Junkans, Jenny Donnelly, and Sarah Cummings.
What you need to know: Just show up! This one is free, open to the public, and non-ticketed. It’s on the main stage at the Expo, so just come by and have some fun. The show will run for 45 minutes, and there will be time to meet and hug afterward.
UCAN Presents: LIVE at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
When: Saturday, February 29 @ 5:30 PM
Where: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Who: Carrie Tollefson, Meb Keflezighi, and me! (Plus special guests!) This show will be special because it will be after the race, and we’ll get to hear from Carrie and Meb about their experiences watching from their respective cool-people posts. (If you’ll be in Atlanta, check out Carrie doing live commentary on the race in Centennial Olympic Park!) So basically, come to this to geek out on “what just happened?!” and be in a room filled with people who get it and also want to talk about the race.
What you need to know: Get tickets here! There’s a free option and a $20 VIP ticket option. (VIP gets you closest to the stage, which I recommend — the day the event went live, 200 people signed up! So it’s looking like it’ll be a pretty packed room! Get close! I want to see you!)
But most importantly — the runners! There are so many past Ali on the Run Show guests who will be running at the Trials, and I want to make sure they feel our support in person and from afar. Here’s the full lineup of past guests who will be running in Atlanta. Listen to their episodes, and show them some love!
Amy Cragg: Episode 97
Sarah Cummings: Episode 112
Kate Landau: Episode 132
Sara Hall: Episode 144
Jen Bigham: Episode 151
Kaitlin Goodman: Episode 160
Emily Sisson: Episode 169
Molly Bookmyer: Episode 171
Amanda Nurse: Episode 172
Dawn Grunnagle: Episode 173
Ladia Albertson-Junkans: Episode 178
Roberta Groner: Episode 180
Jenny Donnelly: Episode 193
Starla Garcia: Episode 200
Let me know if you’ll be in Atlanta. I’d love to see you!