Austin 10/20 to Debut with Large Field, Fast Runners
Top athletes from around the world compete for cash purse and crystal Championship trophy; Everclear headlines post-race concert
Posted Monday, 9 April, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
AUSTIN, Texas - (April 5, 2012) - More than 8,000 participants at the inaugural Austin 10/20 will include a stellar international field competing for a $23,000 guaranteed cash purse with additional $20,000 in record bonus money and the right to claim a sparkling new road racing trophy. The 10 mile road race debuts on Sunday, April 15 and features 20 stages with great Austin rock 'n' roll bands playing every half mile along the course.
The entertainment aspect is drawing many everyday athletes and world class runners appreciate the generous purse. The Elite field has been closed with 20 women and 30 men. Twenty two athletes from the USA will be joined by runners from Kenya, Ethiopia and Europe.
Race Director Peter Douglass said, "We don't have a mega budget like some road races and do not pay travel expenses or appearance fees. The athletes have been attracted by our money package and our incredible Championship trophy. We've also got a flat course and a pretty cool new event concept. I think there are going to be some really fast 10 mile times posted on April 15."
The response from the general public has been equally enthusiastic. Austin and Texas runners make up 90% of the entries with 10% from out-of-state. Seven participating charity groups are bringing close to 1,000 runners from across Texas and the United States. Eleven hotels have been sold out around the race venue and rooms are becoming hard to come by.
Event Manager Shannon Madigan said, "One of our goals in creating this race was to build a solid destination event that would contribute significantly to the local economy. We have a great start on that this year and the future looks bright for next. We'll have at least twice as many official hotels in 2013."
One of the big attractions at the Austin 10/20 is the post-race finish line concert featuring the band Everclear. Runners and spectators will be treated to a free show that kicks off at 10:45am. Before that, participants will experience a stage placed every half mile along the ten mile course topped with live rock 'n' roll bands.
"Ten miles is an uncommon racing distance that we think runners will really enjoy and we're pretty sure they will like the incredible amount of great Austin music along the way," says Douglass.
The post-event area will feature an authentic Texas style Barbeque Pavillion hosted by Big Daddy's BBQ and a huge Miller 64 Beer Garden. Art Alexakis, the lead singer of Everclear, is a big fan of barbeque. He and his band members are looking forward to enjoying it at the finish party along with 8,000 of their newest fans.
For more information, go to: www.austin1020.com