The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

By Matt McGowan, Columbus  March 8, Because of the treat of COVID-19 the Ohio Department of Health, Columbus Mayor Ginther and Ohio Governor DeWine cancelled the Arnold EXPO and banned spectators from most of the athletic events at the Arnold Sport Festival. The Arnold Pump & Run and Arnold 5K races were still contested.  The cost of the lifting for the Arnold 5K Pump & Run more than tripled since the closing of the EXPO.  The race committee meet with the Columbus police on February 3rd and were informed we could not use the course which had been used for seventeen years because of construction and other issues on the old course route. 

Atlanta, GA   February 29 - Atlanta saw the largest field for both the Men and the Women USA Olympic Marathon Trials. 210 men qualified for the Men’s race which started twelve minutes before the women’s race.  Brian Shrader had a fifty second lead at the half way mark in the Men’s USA Olympic Marathon Trials. Defending USA Men’s Olympic Marathon Trials winner Alan Rupp was in a large chase pack as they closed on Shrader after the half way point.   Rupp ran a 4:57 at the 16 mile mark to catch Sharder.  Rupp pulled away to cruise to victory qualifying for his fourth Olympics with a time of 2:09.20. The 33-year-old runner won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Games.

RUNOHIO Start Year 32 - I introduced RUNOHIO at the 1988 Columbus Marathon and the first issue of RUNOHIO printed March 1989. My younger brother Jeff and my mom, Jean McGowan, assisted with the start of the publication.

According to Marathon Guide the following athletes from Ohio have qualified for 2020 U.S. Olympic  Team Trials - Marathon.