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Olympic Trials Marathon 2012: Weather Forecast Calls For Ideal Conditions

The start of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials is quickly approaching and for the athletes hoping to qualify for the Summer Games in London, the weather forecast looks just about perfect:

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As we noted earlier this week, the clouds are staying away from Houston, setting up for what will be a sunny, clear race morning. The temperature is expected to be 41° when the gun goes off and approaching 50° by the time the runners cross the finish line. What may sound like a chilly morning to some is ideal conditions if you're running 26.2 miles.

The race is a loop course, designed to simulate London's planned course in the 2012 Games -- beginning in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, the men and women will complete a 2.2-mile inner loop through downtown Houston and then run the outer eight-mile loop three times.

The loop design allows makes it easy for spectators to see their favorite runner on more than one, split-second occasion. But be sure to get your spot early -- the road closures start at 5:30 a.m. Houston time.