06 Sep Austin Marathon Introduces Elite Athlete Program
High Five Events is excited to introduce the Elite Athlete Program for the 2017 Austin Marathon® presented by NXP. The Elite Athlete Program will become known for its competitive nature and focus on discovering emerging marathon talent while helping the existing talent pool reach Olympic standards.
The 2017 Elite Athlete Program will be capped at 20 total marathoners; 10 women and 10 men. The 20 accepted marathoners will compete for a prize purse totaling $10,000. There will be $5000 awarded for the female and male divisions. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2016, or until the entire 20-person field is filled.
“This will not be a one time thing for our event,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Over the next three to five years we will escalate the prize purse and partner with sponsors that believe investing in the elite field will benefit the future of distance running and the running community as a whole.”
Accepted athletes will be given one comp entry to the 2017 Austin Marathon, receive a complimentary ride from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown and back to the airport, and have the option of a hotel room or home stay for two nights at no cost. Read more about program details, including eligibility standards, below.
FloTrack will assist in the application review and selection process for the Elite Athlete Program, ensuring elite athletes pass the rigorous vetting process. FloTrack will provide live coverage for the race. The live stream feed will be available online to a worldwide audience. All participants will run in Austin, but be seen around the world.
“FloTrack is excited for the Elite Athlete Program and feel it’s a perfect fit for the Austin Marathon and this city’s deep-rooted running culture,” said Ryan Fenton, Senior Manager for FloTrack. “We have worked with High Five Events for many years and we know firsthand how much passion they inject into their events and the importance they place on elite athletes.”
Prize Purse: $10,000 total
- $5000 each division
- 1st – $2000
- 2nd – $1500
- 3rd – $800
- 4th – $450
- 5th – $250
Comped Entry: Accepted elite athletes will receive an entry into the Austin Marathon at no cost.
Hotel Stays: Accepted elite athletes will receive one room or home stay for two nights at no cost.
Transportation: Accepted elite athletes will receive a complimentary ride from the airport to downtown and back to the airport at no cost.
***Non-race day standards must be met at least two years prior to February 19, 2017
Eligibility Standards for the Austin Marathon Elite Athlete Program:
- Male: 2:24 (full) / 1:07 (half)
- Female: 2:49 (full) / 1:17 (half)
- $100 for having hit Olympic standard before the Austin Marathon.
- Male: 2:19 (full) or 1:05 (half)
- Female: 2:45 (full) or 1:15 (half)
Race Day Standards:
- $100 for hitting Olympic standard during the Austin Marathon.
- Male: 2:19 (full only)
- Female: 2:45 (full only)
FloTrack Live Feed:
Run in Austin, be seen around the world. We have teamed up with FloTrack to stream live coverage of the race.
The Austin Marathon will have a strict and thorough review process. Any athlete who receives or has received a doping ban in the past, including those who have been reinstated after a period of ineligibility, will not be invited to participate in the Austin Marathon.
The Austin Marathon has been and continues to be an advocate for strict anti-doping measures in the sport.
More details to come.
Contact: interested elite athletes can email email@example.com
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2016. Athletes will be notified of their selection by a representative of the selection committee.