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Your Guide to the 2012 London Olympic Marathon

The London Olympic Marathon is coming up! We put together a guide to the 2012 London Olympic Marathon. This includes the faces to look for and also a little bit about the marathon course. The Women's Marathon is on August 5th at 5:00 AM CST, 11:00 AM, GMT. The Men's Marathon is on August 12th at 5:00 AM CST, 11:00 AM GMT.

Next to each of the Olympians, we included a link to their Facebook and Twitter pages, so don't forget to send them a good luck message!

The US Women's Field

Desiree “Desi” Davila

Personal Best: 2:22:38
Age: 29
Height: 5'2'
Weight: 100 lbs, 45.36 kg
Residence: Rochester Hills, Michigan
Twitter Handle: @des_davila
Facebook Fan Page


Kara Goucher
Personal Best: 2:24:52
Age: 34
Height: 5'7'
Weight: 120 lbs, 54 kg
Residence: Portland, Oregon
Twitter Handle: @karagoucher
Facebook Fan Page


Shalane Flanagan
Personal Best: 2:25:38
Age: 31
Height: 5'5'
Weight: 113 lbs, 51 kg
Residence: Portland, Oregon
Twitter Handle: @ShalaneFlanagan
Facebook Page


The UK Women's Field


Mara Yamauchi

Personal Best: 2:23:12
Age: 38
Height: 5'8'
Weight: 119 lbs, 54 kg
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Facebook Fan Page


Claire Hallissey

Personal Best: 2:29:27
Age: 29
Height: 5'5'
Weight: 106 lbs, 48 kg
Residence: Arlington, East Sussex
Twitter Handle: @HallisseyC



Note: Paula Radcliffe was supposed to join the UK women's field, but will no longer be competing due to an injury.

The US Men's Field

Ryan Hall

Personal Best: 2:04:53
Age: 29
Height: 5'11'
Weight: 130 lbs, 58 kg
Residence: Flagstaff, Arizona
Twitter Handle: @ryanhall3
Facebook Fan Page


Abdi Abdirahman

Personal Best: 2:08:56
Age: 35
Height: 5'11'
Weight: 130 lbs, 58 kg
Residence: Tucson, Arizona
Twitter Handle: @Abdi_runs
Facebook Page


Meb Keflezighi - Mammoth Lakes, CAMeb Keflezighi

Personal Best: 2:09:15
Age: 37
Height: 5'5'
Weight: 125 lbs, 56 kg
Residence: Mammoth Lakes, California
Twitter Handle: @runmeb
Facebook Fan Page


The UK Men's Field

Scott Overall

Personal Best: 2:10:55
Age: 29
Height: 5'9'
Weight: 136 lbs, 62 kg
Residence: Twickenham
Twitter Handle: @scottoverall
Facebook Page

Lee Merrien

Personal Best: 2:13:47
Age: 34
Height: 5'11'
Weight: 143 lbs, 65 kg
Residence: Gurnesey
Twitter Handle: @leemerrien
Facebook Page

Note: Dave Webb was supposed to join the UK men's field, but will no longer be competing due to a unhealed stress fracture.

The Course

The Olympic Marathon course takes you through some great London landmarks!

  • St James Park
  • The London Eye
  • Buckingham Palace
  • The River Thames
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • The Tower of London in sight of Tower Bridge

The Olympic Marathon course consists of one short (approximately 2.2 mile) loop followed by three eight mile loops.

View the Olympic Marathon Course

Marathon World Records

Men's: 2:03:38, set by Patrick Makau of Kenya in 2011 at the Berlin Marathon

Women's: 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003 at the London Marathon.

Check out our schedule of the 2012 Olympic running events to watch the rest of your favorite athletes compete!

Who do you think will take the gold medal in the men's and women's Olympic Marathon?