Unite Half Marathon Announces Prize Money Reward for Winners
Posted Friday, 9 March, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (March 8, 2012) – CGI Racing, one of the premier race management companies in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, has announced the return of the newest premier half marathon in the region and second largest in New Jersey. Registration is open for the Unite Half Marathon at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to be run at 8:00 a.m. on April 22, 2012, on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick. New this year is a $7,350 prize purse with cash prizes for the top three male and female overall winners, as well as cash prizes for the top three finishers in each of 11 male and 11 female age groups. This is the first time CGI Racing has offered cash prizes. In addition, complimentary entries will be offered for 10 male and 10 female elite runners.
The Unite Half Marathon is organized in partnership with the Rutgers University Recreation Department, and along with the Endurance Experience and a new 8K race this year, will bring together thousands of students, parents, faculty, alumni, staff and members of the local community, as well as runners from across the state and country.
“We are thrilled to return to Rutgers for the third year for our signature event, the Unite Half Marathon,” said Michele Redrow, president and CEO of CGI Racing. “Our goal in adding prize money for not only the overall winners but every age-group winner is to make the Unite Half Marathon at Rutgers University one of the fastest half marathons in the nation. ”
CGI racing will award $1,000 cash prizes to the first-place male and the first-place female winners overall. Second-place finishers will receive $500 each, and third-place finishers will each receive $250.
In addition, the first-, second- and third-place male and female winners in each age group category will also receive cash prizes. The first-place male and female age group winners will each receive $100; the second-place male and female age group winners will be presented with $50; and the third-place male and female age group winners will each be awarded $25. Age groups are divided in five-year increments beginning with ages 15-19 through ages 60-64; there is also a 65 and older age group.
Male: Ages 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and older.
Female: Ages 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and older.
Prizes will be presented at the Awards Ceremony following the race.
RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 21, 2012:
Unite Half Marathon race weekend kicks off from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012, with the Endurance Experience, an interactive expo for endurance enthusiasts, at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on campus. The expo is free and open to the public. Attendees can participate in clinics hosted by regional running experts in the running lounge, or enjoy incredible deals on the latest gear at the Sneaker Factory Retail Village. The Endurance Experience is also the location for official race registration and packet pickup. For the full schedule, visit http://unite.cgiracing.com/EVENTINFO/RaceWeekendSchedule.aspx.
Sunday, April 22, 2012:
Race day begins with the half marathon stepping off at 8:00 a.m. and the 8K Race following at 8:15 a.m. Both races will start on the Busch Campus at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center and finish on the College Avenue Campus. Runners will be cheered by thousands of spectators and enjoy live entertainment along the course, as well as aid stations staffed by the university’s fraternities and sport clubs, and a Finish Line Festival from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
RUNNING FOR CHARITY
The Unite Half Marathon and the new 8K are expected to raise thousands of dollars for charity, including the 2012 Rutgers Future Scholars Program, student sport clubs and organizations, and official charity partners. CGI Racing will contribute five charity dollars to student organizations for each half marathon entry sold by their organization. In addition, CGI Racing will donate 250 entries for the 8K race, and runners will use the free entries to form five-person teams of friends, family and/or faculty to run the 8K race’s Run Unite Charity Relay to raise funds for the 2012 Rutgers Future Scholars Program.
Individual runners can also run the half marathon or 8K on behalf of one of the Unite charitable partners (http://unite.cgiracing.com/UNITE4CHARITY/Unite4CharityPartners.aspx). Finally, students can also raise charity dollars by volunteering in groups of 10-40 on race day; CGI Racing will contribute $25 per volunteer per shift.
Registration for the Unite Half Marathon, a USATF Grand Prix event, is available through http://unite.cgiracing.com/REGISTRATION.aspx. Registration fees for the Unite Half Marathon are $75 through April 1, 2012; $85 through April 21, 2012 and are $95 on-site on race day. Rutgers students can register for the half marathon at the student rate of $50 through April 21, 2012 and $55 on-site on race day. Free entries are available for 10 male and 10 female elite runners. Contact CGI Racing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the 8K race is $45 through April 1, 2012; $50 through April 21, 2012 and $60 on-site on race day. Rutgers students can register for the 8K in advance or on-site at the student rate of $40.
“We look forward to an enhanced race experience for all participants this year, and plan to use this year’s event as a springboard to expand our signature Unite Half Marathon series to more universities nationwide beginning in 2013,” said Redrow.
ABOUT CGI RACING
CGI Racing, a New Jersey-based company, is one of the premier race management companies in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The Unite Half Marathon, which was launched by CGI Racing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in April 2010, will expand to more universities nationwide beginning in 2013. The events are designed to bring together the university, local and running communities; promote healthy lifestyles, charity involvement, and a competitive spirit; and embrace and reflect the pride and enthusiasm that are part of the university environment. For more information, visit www.cgiracing.com.