The 2020 Olympic Team Trials in the marathon, coming up this Saturday, February 29th, is a historic event for women. 511 women qualified for the race this year, the highest number ever and more than twice as many as qualified for the last Olympic Trials in 2016. Of those 511 qualifiers, 457 will start the race.
Women’s marathon running has exploded in the last four years: to put the number of qualifiers in perspective, 260 men qualified for this year’s Trials, or about 50 more than in 2016. How did we get here? What’s the history behind these numbers, and what are the trends? I was curious, so I took a deep dive into a whole bunch of data. Here’s what I learned. Read more >>