Wade to Compete at Olympic Marathon Trials

Becky Wade
Feb. 9, 2016

By: Kenny Bybee (kab10@rice.edu)

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Olympic Marathon Trials
Saturday, February 13
Los Angeles, Calif. (Approx. 12:22 p.m. CT)

– With just two marathon races under her belt, former Rice all-time great Becky Wade will run among a field of over 200 women Saturday in Los Angeles looking to qualify for one of three spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

Saturday’s race will consists of 26.2 miles through downtown Los Angeles with the top three women earning spots to represent the United States in the Rio de Janeiro Games in August. Viewers can watch the race on television on NBC beginning at 12 p.m. (CT). Coverage will begin with the men’s race starting at 12:06 p.m., followed by the women’s start 16 minutes later.

Viewers unable to watch on TV will have the opportunity to catch the race live on a computer via NBC’s streaming service, Live Extra. On mobile devices, viewers will need to download NBC’s Live Extra app. TV provider verification will be required by entering a username and password associated with your cable provider in order to watch the race.

Wade burst onto the marathon scene by winning the California International Marathon in 2:30:41 at just 24 years old, becoming the fifth-fastest female American marathoner of 2013. Only two American women, two-time Olympian Cathy Schiro O’Brien and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson ran faster marathons before the age of 25.

Due to injuries, Wade has run just one other marathon since her 2013 debut, finishing eighth (2:37) at the 2015 LA Marathon.

To qualify for Saturday’s race, all women competitors needed a 2:45 marathon or 1:15 half marathon performance. Those who achieved the “A” standard of 2:37 for women have expenses paid for the trials by USATF.

Wade had an illustrious career at Rice in which she earned All-American in Indoor and Outdoor T&F, as well as cross country. After graduating, Wade traveled the world exploring running cultures for a year on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. This July, Wade will have a book published by HarperCollins titled Run the World.






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