Faxon Law New Haven 20K Elite Coordinator Heads to Atlanta for Olympic Marathon Trials

Top athletes have all run in Faxon Law New Haven 20K
February 27, 2020

Atlanta, GA—The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is proud to announce the race’s Elite Athlete Coordinator, John Tolbert, is headed to Atlanta this weekend for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, as the Woman’s Long-Distance Running Associate Chairman. The Trials will determine the three men and three women who will represent Team USA in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games. Tolbert has been the New Haven Road Race’s Elite Athlete Coordinator since 2001 and plays a vital role in the event’s success. Many of the top qualifiers have recently run in the Faxon Law New Haven 20K.

The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is home to the USATF 20K National Championships. It is the longest-running USATF championship in the country. Tolbert recruits the best distance runners in the nation to New Haven and handles all needs for elite athletes during their stay in the Elm City. Tolbert will be working with the elite athletes during race week in Atlanta for the Trials.

The top 4 men’s and women’s qualifiers have all recently run in New Haven.

Men’s Top Seeds

Seed Name State Best Faxon Law New Haven 20K US Olympian
1 Galen Rupp OR 2017 Champion 2012 10,000 - Silver,
2016 Marathon - Bronze
2 Leonard Korir CO 2016, 2018, 2019 Champion 2016 – 10,000
3 Scott Fauble AZ dropped out of 2019 race
4 Jared Ward UT 2015 Champion 2016 Marathon

Women’s Top Seeds

Seed Name State Best Faxon Law New Haven 20K US Olympian
1 Jordan Hasay CA 2017 Champion
2 Amy Cragg OR 2009 & 2014 Runner-up 2012 10,000, 2016 Marathon
3 Sarah Hall AZ 2018, 2019 Champion
4 Emily Sisson OR 2016 Runner-up

Other past Olympians that have done well in the New Haven who are also running the marathon trials include:

Seed Name State Best Faxon Law New Haven 20K finish US Olympian
9 Molly Huddle RI 2014, 2015 Champion 2012 5,000, 2016 10,000
10 Desiree Linden MI 2007 – 4th place 2012, 2016 Marathon
12 Abdi Abdirahman AZ 2005, 2011 Champion 2000, 2004, 2008 10,000, 2012 Marathon
82 Dathan Ritzenhein MI 2015 – 3rd place 2004, 2012 10,000, 2018 Marathon

The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will be nationally televised live from Atlanta starting at noon this Saturday on NBC.

The annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is a Labor Day tradition in New Haven and is scheduled for Monday, September 7, 2020. The races include a 20K, half marathon, relay, 5K and Kids Fun Run. Registration for the 2020 Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is open! To learn more about the event or to register, visit www.newhavenroadrace.org. Early registration is encouraged; event is limited to 7,000 entrants!