The U.S. Olympic Trials for Track and Field are being held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon from June 18-27. The top three finishers in each event will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Tokyo in July.
Paul Chelimo, 29
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Nike / U.S. Army
Born in the distance-running mecca of Iten, Kenya, Paul Chelimo ran collegiately in the U.S. (Shorter College/North Carolina at Greensboro) and then found his path to citizenship by joining the U.S. Army through the Military accessions vital to national interest (MAVNI) program as a water treatment specialist, then entering the World Class Athletic Program in 2014. He won the 5,000m a the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and then went on to earn a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38, $119.95
The best-selling running shoe model of all-time, the Air Zoom Pegasus 38 retains the familiar vibe of being a versatile, workhorse with a good balance of cushioning and performance for a wide range of runners. Versatility has always been one of the best aspects of the Pegasus, both in terms of its range of performance and the range of runners who will enjoy it. New runners will likely love it for the comfort, fit and ability to handle any kind of workout, while more experienced runner will appreciate its energetic performance ideal for tempo runs and progression runs.
Emma Coburn, 30
New Balance / Team Boss
One of the most accomplished track and field athletes in U.S. history, Emma Coburn won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2017 World Championships in London. With 28 wooden barriers and seven water jumps over 1.8 miles, it’s one of the most dynamic and challenging races on the track.
She also won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics and finished second in the 2019 World Championships in Doha. Emma and her husband/coach Joe Bosshard were high school sweethearts in Crested Butte, Colo., where she often trains with her Team Boss teammates.
New Balance Fuel Cell Rebel v2, $129.99
The FuelCell Rebel v2 is a lightweight, nimble and responsive, neutral-oriented everyday training shoe. It’s a versatile shoe with built on a super-critical nitrogen-infused FuelCell midsole foam platform with enough cushioning and bounciness to make it amenable to both running longer or faster in training or road racing.
Sara Hall, 37
Sara Hall is no stranger to the U.S. Olympic Trials. In fact, when she lines up for the 10,000m on June 26, it will be the seventh time she’s toed the line at an Olympic Trials event dating back to her first in 2004. She raced on the track a lot early in her career, but has since become one of the fastest marathoners in American history with a 2:20:32 PR. She’s the mother of four Ethiopian girls she and husband, Ryan, adopted in 2015.
ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23, $119.95
One of the classic legacy shoes in the ASICS line, the GEL-Cumulus 23 is a neutral everyday trainer with sufficient cushioning, a comfortable ride and a versatile, do-everything vibe. It’s been updated slightly from the previous edition, with a slightly softer feel and a more forgiving ride. It’s an ideal shoe for slow moderate training paces, but it’s versatile enough to handle faster paces for shorter distances, though not quite peppy enough for speed workouts or racing.
Marielle Hall, 29
Nike / Nike Bowerman Track Club
Although she was a late bloomer at the University of Texas, Marielle Hall found immediate success as a professional, competing for the U.S. at the 2015 World Championships in the 5,000m, the 2016 Olympics in the 10,000m and the 2019 World Cross Country Championships. Known for her sense of humor, infectious laughter and smooth running stride, she became the sixth-fastest American woman of all-time in the 10,000m (31:05) as she placed seventh at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Nike Vaporfly Next%, $249.95
Considered the fastest long-distance racing shoe in the world, the featherweight Nike Vaporfly Next% has a carbon-fiber propulsion plate embedded in its midsole and copious amounts of energetic ZoomX foam cushioning. Runners training for half marathons and marathons will love this shoe for faster long runs, races and some longer tempo efforts.
Taylor Werner, 23
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The 2017 Pan Am Games junior gold medalist at 3,000m, Taylor Werner spent her college years running for the University of Arkansas, where she helped the Razorbacks win the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships. In December of 2019, she produced a career best of 15:11.19 to win an indoor 5,000-meter race in Boston and caught the attention of Puma, which was about to start a new training group in North Carolina coached by Alistair Cragg and Amy Cragg. Werner jumped at the chance to turn pro and improve her training before the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Puma Deviate Nitro, $159.95
The Deviate Nitro is lightweight, energetic modern neutral training shoe that offers maximal cushioning and a lively and forgiving sensation. It serves up a good blend of softness and energetic pop with a smooth ride and a secure fit and chock full of long-haul comfort. It’s ideal for training at slow, moderate and slightly faster paces.
Zach Panning, 26
Brooks / Hansons-Brooks Distance Project
Zach Panning is a great example of a small-school runner who’s continued to make progress and get the chance to perform on the biggest stage. A former Grand Valley State star, he won NCAA Division II titles in the 5,000m and 10,000m while helping the Lakers earn the 2018 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. He finished 11th in the 10,000m (28:05), just 11 seconds out of an Olympic-qualifying position.
Brooks Launch 8, $99.95
The Launch is a lightweight, neutral-oriented cushioned trainer that can either be a fast-workout speed shoe or an everyday trainer for all of your running needs. With a clean, sleek design and exceptional cushioning, it serves up an ideal mix of comfort, energy, versatility and consistency at a very affordable price.
Grayson Murphy, 25
As much as Grayson Murphy loves track and field, she also loves running trails. Although she was a five-time collegiate All-American runner at Santa Clara and the University of Utah, she grew up trail running near Salt Lake City and now loves to run the trails in and around Bozeman, Mont.
When she’s not jumping over barriers and water pits in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, she’s often leaping over streams and logs while training as a professional trail runner. In 2019, she won the World Mountain Running Championships, a grueling 14-kilometer race in the Patagonia region of Argentina.
Saucony Peregrine 11, $119.95
The Peregrine 11 is a versatile, neutral-oriented trail running shoe that has the comfort and smoothness of a road running shoe with a low-to-the-ground feel and a nice blend of cushioning, traction and protection. It’s a classic, do-everything off-road runner, ideal for smooth, rolling dirt paths, moderately technical routes with some rocks, roots, gravel and other obstacles, as well as sloppy trails with a lot of mud and moisture.
Joe Klecker, 24
On Running / On Athletics Club
A first-year pro, Joe Klecker extended his family’s running legacy by placing third in the 10,000m on June 18. His mom, Janis Klecker, won the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon and went on to place 21st in the marathon at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Joe was a record-setting running in high school in Minnesota before becoming an All-American at the University of Colorado. He’s also one of the country’s top 5,000m runners (13:06) and will have a chance to make the U.S. team in that event beginning on June 24.
On Cloudswift 2.0, $149.99
The second edition of the Cloudswift 2.0 is a lightweight, low-profile neutral trainer with a cushy, energetic vibe. It features On’s clean design aesthetics and an updated version of its CloudTec midsole cushioning technology, which offers a blend of reliable shock absorption, protection, durability and a lively feel. It’s light and agile enough to handle a variety of workouts, but cushioned enough to be durable and comfortable for long runs.
Kellyn Taylor, 34
HOKA One One / Northern Arizona Elite
Training with the Northern Arizona Elite team in Flagstaff, Ariz., Kellyn Taylor has become one of the most versatile runners in America. She’s run a 2:24:28 marathon (making her the seventh-fastest American in history) and is competing in the, 5,000m and 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She’s also a mom to her young daughter, Kylyn, and is training to be a professional firefighter when her professional running career is over.
Hoka One One Clifton 8, $129.95
The Clifton is a light, cushy and comfortable maximally cushioned everyday training shoe that’s light and soft enough to run fast, but cushy enough to run slower over any distance. It features the HOKA’s early stage Meta-Rocker profile design that produces a rolling sensation in every stride that both reduces the ground force impact and eases the foot’s transition to the toe-off phase.
Josette Norris, 25
Reebok / Reebok Boston Track Club
Josette Norris turned pro in 2019 shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, when she signed a contract with the Reebok Boston Track Club that trains in Charlottesville, Virginia, under the guidance of coach Chris Fox. So far, it’s been recipe for success for Norris, who lowered her PR in the 5,000m to 14:51.42 — a time that ranks third in the U.S. so far this year and puts her among the top 10 fastest in U.S. history. Last October, Norris got engaged to Robby Andrews, a 2016 Olympian and fellow pro runner who proposed on the boardwalk along the Georgetown Waterfront.
Reebok Floatride Energy 3.0, $99.95
The Floatride 3.0 is an affordable, lightweight, comfortable and versatile everyday trainer built for runners with a neutral gait pattern. It’s light and springy enough to run moderately fast, cushy enough to run long and durable enough to hold up for an entire summer of running. New and novice runners will love this shoe for its relative simplicity and versatility at such a budget-friendly price.
Nikki Hiltz, 26
Adidas / Mission Track Club
Nikki Hiltz is an openly gay elite middle-distance runner who came out as transgender and non-binary on International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2021. Hiltz won the gold medal in the 1,500m at the Pan Am Games in Peru in 2018 and the following year placed third at the U.S. championships in the 1,500m. Hiltz organizes Virtual Pride 5k races and donates proceeds to Trevor Project a non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Adidas Ultraboost 21, $179.95
The Adidas Ultraboost is a maximally cushioned training shoe built on a thick, lively platform of extremely resilient Boost midsole cushioning that provides long-haul comfort and consistent flow in every mile. With 6 percent more Boost foam in the midsole than the previous edition, it serves up a springy ride that returns considerable energy in every stride. It features an updated torsion system and rocker geometry that enhances forefoot stiffness by 15% for an even more responsive run.