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Plan To Bring Olympic Marathon Trials
Organizers of the Flying Pig Marathon today reveal new details of a plan to bring another huge running event to Cincinnati.
They're bidding on the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, in advance of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Local 12's Mike Berk shares new information.
The bid committee brought out the big guns today, a former marathon trials champion and an Olympic gold medalist from UC.
The city wants this event, and why not? The marathon trials were last held in Houston in advance of the 2012 London games, and according to their accounting, it brought in roughly 20 million dollars to the local economy.
The Cincinnati trials would be held in October of 2015, as the distance runners prefer those cooler temps of fall. The layout would cover two states, spreading over the river into Kentucky.
Ryan Hall, 2008 Marathon Trials Champion:
"I actually ran the course this morning... The proposed course and I loved it. It has a lot of character up and over some bridges. An epic view of the city, there are some points on the course that are close together, which is great from a spectator standpoint."
Mary Wineberg, UC Star, Won Gold in Beijing 2008:
"Maybe being compared to the bigger cities, I think Cincinnati would be the best fit for the athletes, and I really hope it works out for everyone."
The bid hasn't yet been submitted, but will be shortly. Other than Houston, which hosted in 2012, Cincinnati organizers aren't sure which other cities are preparing similar bids. 100 men and women are expected to compete in the Olympic marathon trials, which also attract a national television audience.