On Monday, the Atlanta Clue Club and USATF apparent the final advance map for the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials, to be captivated in Atlanta on February 29, 2020. The bend advance is advised to be spectator-friendly and highlight some of the attractions of Atlanta. It begins abutting to Centennial Olympic Park, in advanced of the College Football Hall of Fame, and consists of three 6-mile loops (on which runners will canyon the Martin Luther King National Historical Park and the Margaret Mitchell House — columnist of Gone with the Wind), and one 8.2-mile loop, which runs by the Georgia State Capitol, the Olympic rings and alembic from the 1996 Games, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and armpit of abutting month’s Super Bowl LIII. The advance finishes in Centennial Olympic Park.
In its columnist release, the Atlanta Clue Club addendum that while the advance is a net decline (17 feet), there will be about 1,000 anxiety of acclivity accretion during the chase — a not bush amount. And based on LetsRun.com’s armchair analysis, they may absolutely be underselling it. We advised the advance on three apps that clue acclivity changes, and all three of those apps said that the acclivity accretion will be 1,500 anxiety or more. You can appearance the advance maps we advised (with acclivity charts) below.
The chase affairs on absolution its own acclivity map later.
Course maps (with acclivity charts):
Elevation Blueprint from Onthegomap.com
*Strava *On the Go Map *Map My Run *Official advance map (no acclivity chart)
A brace of notes:
Where are the hills?
While the advance has a cardinal of baby climbs and descents throughout, there is one above ascend and one above coast pointing out. Per Strava, the above ascend begins on Edgewood Avenue at 5.1 miles, with the advance aggressive 82 anxiety over the abutting 0.8 of a mile, absolute on Marietta Street. The brand peaks at 4.2% at 5.6 miles.
For perspective, the Boston Marathon’s acclaimed Heartbreak Hill climbs a agnate bulk (88 feet, according to Wikipedia) but does so added rapidly (that ascend is completed in 0.4 of a mile, bisected the time it takes in Atlanta).
Of course, because this is a bend course, the runners at the Trials will accomplish that ascend three times in all — aloof afterwards 5, 11, and 17 miles.
The ascend comes abreast the end of anniversary 6-mile loop. Afterwards they complete it, the runners will bend about on Marietta Street and afterwards branch arctic assimilate Peachtree Street will appointment a adequately abrupt decline aloof afore the 1-, 7-, 13-, and 19-mile marks (they run it four times, as compared to the above climb, which is partially abhorred on the final 8.2-mile loop). In this stretch, the runners will alight 82 anxiety over the advance of 0.5 of a mile, with a steepest brand of -15.1% according to Strava.
How does it analyze to accomplished Olympic Marathon Trials courses?
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