Olympic Cauldron designed Siah Armajani
Photo credit: Art Paper
The Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta were lit last weekend…literally
For the first time since 1996 Games, the Olympic Cauldron was lit this weekend during the race that will determine the three women and three men to represent the United States in the 2020 games in Tokyo.
The cauldron was originally designed by Rossi & Rossi artist Siah Armajani, who was selected from a group of 30 artists, according to the Track Club.
It has been nearly 24 years since Muhammad Ali famously lit the cauldron, which is at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Fulton Street.
Georgia State University, which has owned the property in Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood, since 2017 will light the cauldron at noon on Saturday. It will remain lit until the end of the race at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The field of hundreds of elite athletes will start and finish the race downtown in Centennial Olympic Park. After leaving the start line, the course heads north, looping through Midtown. Eventually, the athletes will make their way to Summerhill, where they will pass under the Olympic rings and torch, before heading back to downtown.
“Highlighting Atlanta’s Olympic history and legacy, the course for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon will take athletes on a tour of some of Atlanta’s most important attractions and neighborhoods,” according to the Atlanta Track Club.
In order to participate in the trial, athletes had to run a qualifying marathon between Sept. 1, 2017, and Jan. 19, 2020. For men, the qualifying time was between 2:15:00 and 2:19:00. For women, it was between 2:37:00 and 2:45:00.
By Courtney Kueppers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution