Strava, a GPS run-tracking app and online community of endurance athletes, announced this week that it will sponsor 10 U.S. women who qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon being held on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Women who are qualified (or trying to qualify) for the race in Los Angeles can apply to receive one of 10 stipends worth $1,500 each to support their travel and expenses for the race.
“We want women to show up at the Trials in full force, to celebrate Joan Benoit-Samuelson and the 237 other women who made history in L.A. in 1984 by racing for a spot on the very first U.S. Olympic Marathon women’s team,” says Larissa Rivers, Strava’s run marketing manager. “We honor the women who’ve paved the way for today’s athletes. Like Strava itself, this program is designed to motivate and support avid athletes as they run down ambitious goals.”
The “Run to Rio” program is accepting applications through Sept. 25 on Strava’s website. Runners must meet the USATF A or B qualifying standard by Jan. 17, 2016 to be eligible for the stipend. Applicants will be evaluated based on running performance, community presence and a unique and deserving personal story.
According to marathonguide.com, there are currently 138 men and 171 women qualified to run in next February’s Trials. In order to qualify, women have to run an “A” standard time in the marathon (2:37:00 or faster), or meet the marathon “B” standard—a marathon time between 2:37:01 and 2:43:00, or a half marathon in 1:15:00 or under.