35th Anniversary Women’s First Olympic Trials Marathon, Olympia

Save the date!

May 17 – 19, 2019

35th Anniversary of the first women’s Olympic Trials Marathon
Olympia, Washington

The Olympic Trials Legacy Committee, in partnership with the Capital City Marathon, will host a reunion of women marathoners with Joan Benoit Samuelson.  Please help us find as many women as possible who ran the Trials in 1984 by sharing this notice.

Friday May 17th Reunion Luncheon 12:00 Noon

Friday May 17th VIP Reception 4:00 PM

Friday May 17th Reunion Dinner 7:00 PM

Saturday May 18th CCM Run Fair, Sylvester Park 1:00 PM

Saturday May 18th Pre-Race Dinner 4:30 PM

Sunday Races 7:00 AM (awards will be finished by noon)

The official Reunion hotel is the “Hotel RL” (Red Lion)
Phone: (360) 943-4000.
Mention you are with the Marathon Trials Reunion for a group rate.
Or simply use this link for  booking the Group Code discount

This is a tentative schedule.  Please stay tuned for reunion registration, more information and events to be announced soon!

The Capital City Marathon announces Joan’s appearance:

If you want to run any of the races, register for the CCM races here.

Joan Benoit Samuelson is coming to Capital City!

We are excited to announce that Joan Benoit Samuelson will be in town for CCM Race Weekend May 18-19 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the first Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, held in Olympia on May 12, 1984.

Here’s what she has to say about her upcoming visit:

“It is an honor for me to be returning to Olympia 35 years after the first Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. I look forward to the homecoming in a community that embraced and hosted all of us for this historic event. The outpouring of support and enthusiasm from the community remains palpable to this day. It is hard to believe that 35 years have passed since that time as I still have many fond and vivid memories of my time in Olympia. I look forward to sharing and celebrating this anniversary with many of the participants, volunteers, and citizens who made the event possible.”

YOU CAN MEET HER AT OUR PRE-RACE DINNER on May 18! SEATING IS LIMITED. Tickets are available on our registration web site.

Details of her visit are still being fine-tuned, but here’s what we can share as of today:

*CCM Run Fair: Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Benoit will be at the Run Fair in Sylvester Park, which is the site of packet pickup for all Sunday races.

*CCM Pre-Race Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, Rotunda of the Legislative Building.

*She will hand out awards and be available for photos on Sunday at 10:30

In addition, Benoit plans to run one of the CCM races — likely the half marathon or 5-mile — on Sunday, May 19.