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Boston passed over for Olympic marathon trial

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  March 2, 2010 10:27 AM

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Boston's bid to host one of the two Olympic marathon trials in 2012 was passed over in favor of Houston, which will host both the men's and women's trials in January of 2012.

New York had also bid to host one of the trials. The Houston events will be held the day before the Houston Marathon.

"As we expected, all three bids were remarkable, and all three bids had qualities that made each unique," USATF CEO Doug Logan said in a story posted on the USATF website. "Ultimately, we feel that hosting the Olympic Trials at Houston will afford our athletes the best opportunity to succeed in London. What was most striking about Houston's bid was their ability to integrate the Olympic trials into their weekend of racing in a way that benefited all parties, but first and foremost, the athletes."

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