The future is brighter than it has been in a while for United States distance running.
Although the US is clearly in no danger of consistently matching the talent seen in such running hotbeds as Ethiopia and Kenya anytime soon, there is reason to be hopeful.
Here are the runners most likely to earn medals for Team USA on the world stage in the near future. Some are young, others are experienced veterans. But they’re all insanely fast and dedicated to their sport.