Throughout the month of February, I'll be posting stories of the non-qualifiers, which I will also link below. If anyone in website development wants to help me build a page like this for my NoTQ project, I will not complain!
If you prefer shorter clips, each woman profiled will also be featured on my Instagram.
Inspiration beyond 2:45:
Tiana Abdulmassih Liz Anjos
Shannon Miller Bain
Erin Swain Taylor
Rachael Warner Sanchez
The chart below was created by Fast Women mostly to illustrate the huge increase in qualifiers for the 2020 Trials, but it also shows how many women featured here would have qualified for the Trials other years, with standards ranging from 2:46:00-2:51:16.
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I wrote about the last-minute OTQ chasers at Houston here.
Runners World profiled a few runners, male and female, who missed the standard here.
Peter Bromka has probably the most famous OTQ near-miss, running 2:19:02 at the 2019 California International Marathon 2019 (which he followed up with 2:19:19 at the 2020 Houston Marathon). He spoke about missing the men's standard by 2 seconds on the Road to the Olympic Trials podcast, on the Morning Shakeout podcast and on the Full Tub with Nick Roche podcast. An article about his 2018 2:19:40 is here. Although I'm highlighting women who NoTQed, I think his journey is quite relatable!