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Olympic marathon trials are coming to Atlanta

   

Olympic marathon trials are coming to Atlanta

Atlanta has won a bid against three other cities to host the U.S. Olympic team's marathon trials for both men and women in 2020.

USA Track and Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Monday that the trials, which will determine the three men and three women to represent the U.S. in the marathon at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, will be held Feb. 29, 2020, in Atlanta.
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The Atlanta Track Club will serve as the local organizing committee for the trials.

USA Track & Field said there were three other "interested bidders:" Chattanooga, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; and Orlando, Fla.

Atlanta Track Club executive director Rich Kenah said he felt there were two key reasons Atlanta landed the event.

"First, Atlanta is a great destination for an event like this because of its airport and because of the walkability of our downtown start and finish location," Kenah said in an interview. "And second, I would point to the history and the respect that the Atlanta Track Club has within the running community and the running space."

The Atlanta bid referenced the city's hosting of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, carrying a theme of "Olympic Legacy; Olympic Future."

Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field, said in a statement: "Atlanta's legacy in the sport, their creative commitment to athlete support and the experience of their event management team were compelling."

The looped course hasn't been finalized, but plans call for it to start and finish at Centennial Olympic Park, organizers said.

"We're trying to find that balance between being spectator-friendly, being athlete-friendly and, of course, hitting special iconic landmarks," Kenah said.

Some 300 to 400 qualifiers are expected to compete, with the top three female and top three male finishers who have met Olympic qualifying performance standards being named to the U.S. Olympic team.

Kenah anticipates a large turnout of spectators.

"We have a vibrant running community (with) about 125,000 people who finish our events each year," he said. "We look forward to bringing out not only the running community but also general sports fans. ... So 200,000-plus is what we would love to see out there."

The track club's bid included travel stipends and hotel accommodations for all athletes who qualify for the trials.

"We will deliver a race weekend where all qualifiers are treated like champions," Kenah said. "Atlanta's continued Olympic legacy will be an investment in the Olympic future. "

The trials will be held on the day before the annual Atlanta Marathon, which is set for March 1, 2020.

The marathon trials most recently were held in Houston (2012) and Los Angeles (2016).

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Comics on Film: Get Used to No News About 'The Batman' For a While

Given today's climate of constant news, speculation and commentary concerning our favorite characters at the movies, sometimes it can be frustrating when all of the theories and and ideas ultimately go unrequited. Some fans even find themselves panicking at the lack of new developments concerning their favorite franchises and characters, thinking that the old adage just doesn't hold true. Instead, they think "no news isnbadnnews."In no place are these feelings more obvious than the uncertain climate surrounding the future of DC Comics-based films outside ofnWonder Woman 2,nAquaman, andnShazam, most specifically in relation to the Dark Knight himself, Batman.Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn't be all that concerned about a lack of news concerning Batman's next cinematic adventure, currently under the control of director Matt Reeves.nBatman Is Important to Warner Bros.This is the primary reason that you really don't need to worry about the future of Batman at the movies. Of all of the DC Comics characters in WB's library of IP, even in spite of the fact that they're beginning to branch out beyond the core characters they've mostly relied on forndecades, Batman represents the most popular superhero character, and perhaps the most profitable characternperiod, in the entire vast Warner Bros. empire.Movies featuring Batman at the box office have collectivelyngrossed a total of nearly $5 billion at the global box officensince 1989, not to mention the plethora of other revenue streams they have access to through Batman in the form of merchandising, video games, TV projects, etc. Batman's grasp on popular culture over the course of his entire existence is virtually unparallelled, making him, arguably, one of the single most profitable characters that Warner Bros. has access to, which should tell you a lot considering their history and modern forays into other territories.Those truths by themselves almost ensure the future of Batman in theaters, making the next movie featuring the character and his world a perennial question of "when," not "if." While the form that Batman may take in his next movie could fluctuate, the character himself is never too far behind when it comes to upcoming superhero movies. Not in the modern era, anywa


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Rob Gronkowski To Miss The Start Of Patriots Offseason Program

It may take a little while longer before we get clarity regarding Rob Gronkowski's relationship with the New England Patriots. When the team begins its offseason program Monday, Gronkowski is not expected to be in attendance, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.Gronkowski is still reportedly considering whether he'll play next season. Schefter does note that Gronkowski has had "good communication" with the team.Monday's offseason workouts are voluntary, so no one on the team is required to attend.There's some financial incentive for Gronkowski to show up, though. Gronkowski has a $250,000 bonus in his contract depending on how many offseason workouts he attends.It's worth noting that quarterback Tom Brady is also not expected to show up for the team's first offseason workout either. He's currently on a "business trip" in Qatar, according to Schefter.Gronkowski's absence from the offseason program adds to his strange offseason. The 28-year-old tight end has been secretive about whether he's going to play next season, and stories about possible friction between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick have only added to that uncertainty.Belichick didn't seem too worried about the absence of Gronkowski or Brady, noting that players miss the offseason program due to prior commitments every season.Gronkowski turned in yet another strong year with the Patriots in 2017. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. He was also a force in the playoffs, catching three scores in three games.Gronkowski is under contract with the Patriots through 2019. He's set to receive around $9 million if he returns to play in 2018


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