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US Olympic Team Trials in men's 50K walk to be held in Santee

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SANTEE (CNS) - The U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the men's 50-kilometer walk will be held Sunday in Santee, with 12 men and one woman racing on a 1.25-kilometer loop course on Mast Boulevard, between Magnolia Avenue and Jeremy Street.

The walkers will complete the course 40 times as a disc jockey plays music and cheerleaders perform.

The 31-mile race is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. Admission is free.

One eastbound lane of Mast Boulevard will remain open, according to Tracy Sundlun, chairman of the organizing committee.

The top three finishers will earn spots in the U.S. Olympic team, but each must complete the race in four hours, nine minutes or less.

The winner will receive $6,000.

Two San Diego County athletes are in the field. John Nunn of Chula Vista is the second-fastest walker in the field, with a qualifying time of 4:17:28.

He competed in the 2004 Olympic games and 2011 Pan American Games in the 20-kilometer walk.

Tim Seaman of Chula Vista is a two-time Olympian in the 20-kilometer walk, was second in the 50-kilometer race in the 2011 USA Race Walk Championships and holds 10 American records.

Erin Taylor-Talcott of Oswego, N.Y. is the lone woman in the field. She became eligible for the race by posting a qualifying time of 4:41:36. All walkers were required to have completed a 50-kilometer walk in 4:45 or less since Jan. 1, 2010.

However, she is not eligible to compete in the Olympics, which does not have a 50-kilometer walk for women.

Taylor-Talcott's husband, Dave Talcott qualified for the race with a time of 4:42:19.

The race will also determine the U.S. participants in the IAAF World Race Walking Cup to be held May 12-13 in Saransk, Russia.

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