Pittsburgh’s American Development Program Attracts U.S. Olympic-Hopefuls with Bonuses
2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon offers $1500 and $500 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier bonuses
Posted Thursday, 27 February, 2014
(PITTSBURGH, PA) — Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. announced today that it will award bonuses for athletes who earn a 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time at the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon slated for Sunday, May 4. Athletes who earn the Trials “A” qualifying standard will receive $1500, and athletes who earn the “B” qualifying standard will receive $500.
The initiative is part of the American Development Program, a comprehensive program launched this year to encourage and support the next generation of U.S. long distance runners at Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.’s flagship events: DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on August 1 and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler in November.
“We designed the American Development Program to provide our up-and-coming athletes with support to reach their dreams of competing in world-class events, including the Olympic Games,” said Patrice Matamoros, CEO of Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. “It is essential for us as an organization to enable the next great generation of American elite athletes to reach their Olympic dreams by participating in our Pittsburgh races, and we expect a talented group of American distance runners to race in the City of Champions on May 4.”
Below are the 2016 Olympic Trials qualifying standards for the Marathon and Half Marathon events. USA Track & Field provides additional funding support to “A” level qualifiers to attend the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Marathon: "A": 2:15:00, "B": 2:18:00
Half Marathon: 1:05:00
Marathon: "A": 2:37:00, "B": 2:43:00
Half Marathon: "B": 1:15:00
In addition to the Olympic Trial qualifier bonus, the total prize purse for the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon exceeds $135,000, including $40,500 set aside for top American finishers in both the Marathon and Half Marathon events. Americans can earn prize money in both categories — Open and U.S.-only.
2014 American Development Program Prize Purse:
Marathon (Men 2:25 or faster and Women 2:50 or faster): $4500, $3500, $2500, $1500 and $1000
Half Marathon (Men 1:10 or faster and Women 1:20 or faster): $3000, $2000, $1000, $750 and $500
For more information about the American Development Program, go to PittsburghMarathon.com/American_Development_Program. Visit USATF.org for more information about the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials requirements.