Akron Marathon Increases Prize Purse by $6500
Event adds Half Marathon to its invited Runner Program
Posted Thursday, 19 April, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
AKRON, Ohio - (April 18, 2012) - Winners of the Akron Marathon events will have more reasons to celebrate during the 10th running this September. Event organizers have increased overall event prize money by $6500.
In addition, the Invited Runner Program has been expanded to include the ever-popular half-marathon, and prize money has also been added for this event. The many benefits of the Invited Runner Program can be found at: www.akronmarathon.org/invited-runner-program
"The course modifications for our 10th running have been well received," said Jim Chaney, Associate Race Director. "This is very exciting as there are cumulative cash incentives that will be given to all runners who reach threshold levels in various marathon categories. These levels will be more achievable in 2012."
Prize money and awards for the Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, will be awarded to the top men and women finishers in the following variety of categories.
Marathon Open Division
Men's & Women's First Place: $2500 (plus Champion Brouse Cup)
Men's & Women's Second Place: $1500
Men's & Women's Third Place: $500
Men's & Women's Fourth Place: $250
Men's & Women's Fifth Place: $100
Marathon Masters Division (40 and older)
Masters Men's & Women's First Place: $1000 (plus Champion Brouse Cup)
Masters Men's & Women's Second Place: $500
Masters Men's & Women's Third Place: $250
Half-Marathon Open Division
Men's & Women's First Place: $500
Men's & Women's Second Place: $250
Men's & Women's Third Place: $100
Half-Marathon Masters Division
Men's & Women's First Place: $250
Men's & Women's Second Place: $100
Men's & Women's Third Place: $50
Additional Cash Incentives
In addition to prize money the following cumulative, cash incentives will be given to all runners who reach threshold levels in these marathon categories:
Marathon Open Division Bonus
Under 2:22 = $500
Under 2:20 = $500
Under Course Record [2:18:48] = $500
Under 2:45 = $500
Under 2:42 = $500
Under Course Record [2:39:09] = $500
Marathon Masters Division Bonus
Under Course Record [2:29:13] = $500 (men)
Under Course Record [2:49:52] = $500 (women)
Under Course Record [1:06:48] = $500 (men)
Under Course Record [1:17:56] = $500 (women)
"We're hopeful that talented runners will continue to be drawn to this premier event," Chaney said.
The Akron Marathon includes a Full Marathon; a Half Marathon, presented by Acme Fresh Markets; a 5-person Team Relay, presented by Novo Nordisk; and a Kids Fun Run, making it ideal for all levels of athleticism. It will take place Saturday, September 29, 2012, beginning in downtown Akron.
Registration is now open at www.AkronMarathon.org. Registration for each event within the Akron Marathon is capped and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is encouraged as registration numbers are well ahead of last year's pace.
To be eligible to participate in the Invited Runner Program, runners must have met qualifying times in a documented race within the last two years. Online application forms are due by June 1, 2012. Formal invitations will be sent by July 1, 2012.
Additional information on the Akron Marathon, half-marathon and team relay is available at www.AkronMarathon.org or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).