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This is from "The Trials Standard" newsletter from the Houston organizing committee:

Paving the Road to London

The Houston Marathon Committee and USA Track & Field are making improvements to the proposed course for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon.

"We received feedback and comments from numerous athletes who competed in the recent USA Half Marathon Championships and we have modified the route to minimize the out-and-backs," said Brant Kotch, president and race director of the Houston Marathon Committee. "The improved route is as runner- and spectator-friendly as possible, and we believe the Olympic Trials participants will be very happy with it."

The pending route should be even faster than the USA Championships route, which actually produced finishing times faster than predicted by statisticians. And what's more, the three-loop course will offer cheering spectators multiple opportunities to see the top U.S. distance runners as they compete for a coveted spot on Team USA.

With final revisions underway, we can't wait to share with you the new and improved U.S. Olympic Trials marathon course in our next newsletter!
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