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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A Fearless Mother

Feb 21, 2020
By Arria Minor Grady Sports Media  Five time Olympic trials qualifier Melissa Johnson-White is no novice when it comes high pressure meets, and knows the drill for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials.  This time though, she’s racing for different reasons. After having two daughters, her perspective on running has changed...

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A Simplistic Approach

Feb 21, 2020
By Dalaney Hans Grady Sports Media It is unlikely any of the runners competing at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on February 29, 2020 has lived so far off of the grid like Matt Welch did when he was a child.  In elementary school, Welch’s parents moved him and his three brothers, Ben, Zach, and Jake, to Finland, Minn., to live...

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Carrie Mack and her Journey: The Perseverance to Atlanta

Feb 21, 2020
By Arianna Marks Grady Sports Media  Carrie Mack’s time on top of the world was short-lived. She began the month of October 2019 by smashing her personal record and qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:36:36 at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. By the end of the month, a broken right toe left her...

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Staying on the run

Feb 21, 2020
Jennifer Bigham balances the challenges of competing with being a stay at home mom. By Julian Alexander  Grady Sports Media  It’s 5 a.m. in Squirrel Hill, a picturesque, hilly neighborhood near Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While some professional marathoners have started their morning routine,...

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With a Late Brother in Mind, Malcolm Richards Returns For a Third Time in Atlanta

Feb 21, 2020
By Kaylah House Grady Sports Media While planning to run with a heavy heart, the third time might be a charm for Malcom Richards. After losing his brother, Harrison, who inspired him to run, two years ago, Richards qualified for this year’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta by running a 2:13:28 at the California International...

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