Leading up to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, Atlanta Track Club partnered with the Grady Sports Media program at the University of Georgia to profile some of the competitors in the race. The authors of these stories are undergraduate students enrolled in the program and have been lightly edited by the Club. 

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Rena Elmer goes from Steeplechase to Olympic Marathon Trials

Feb 21, 2020
By Camryn Findley Grady Sport Media Rena Elmer knows something about navigating hurdles. Not only did she run the steeplechase in colleges and as a professional, but she’s now a mother to nine and has switched her event from the steeple to the marathon. Even with these changes, she qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on...

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Brian Harvey on Life, His Second Trial & Keeping the Pace

Feb 21, 2020
By Amanda Hedgpeth Grady Sports Media For Brian Harvey, a typical day begins at 5 a.m. The sound of his alarm means it is time for his morning run. Before taking his daughter to daycare, preparing breakfast for his wife and heading to his job as a full-time biomedical engineer, Harvey trains in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Marathon...

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Jen Van Otterloo’s Village

Feb 21, 2020
By Sarah DeBruhl Grady Sports Media Running is an individual sport, but being as successful as Jen Van Otterloo takes a “village of support”.  Van Otterloo qualified to participate in the February 2020 Atlanta Olympic Trials with a time of 2:44:00 in the 2019 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The Physical Education teacher,...

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Herndon Trains Through it All to Get to the Trials

Feb 21, 2020
By Cecily Stoute Grady Sports Media Running has always been a huge part of Elizabeth Herndon’s life. So much so that eight months into her pregnancy, she was still going on runs for two.    “Pregnancy affects everyone very differently,” said her husband, Greg Larsen. “She went in cautiously and was...

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For Stefanie Slekis, training for the Olympic Trials didn’t go according to plan

Feb 21, 2020
By Shaelyn Carroll Grady Sports Media  To say that Stefanie Slekis’s journey to the 2020 Olympic Trials in Atlanta has been full of surprises would be an understatement. Slekis, 31, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 29, 2019, with a time of 2:42:24 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, beating her...

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