LARGEST SINGLE HALF MARATHON PRIZE IN US HISTORY ANNOUNCED
$100,000 Awarded To Winner of Any 13.1® Marathon Series Race Who Breaks The World Half Marathon Record
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2011 – US Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS) announced the largest single half marathon prize in U.S. history. USRS will award $100,000 to the winner of any 13.1Marathon® Series race whose winning time breaks the World Half Marathon Record. Additionally, USRS will award $50,000 to any U.S. citizen who wins any 13.1Marathon® Series race and whose winning time breaks the U.S. Half Marathon Record.
The current half marathon record holders in each category are:
- Men’s World – Zersenay Tadese (58:23)
- Men’s U.S. – Ryan Hall (59:43)
- Women’s World – Lornah Kiplagat (1:06:25)
- Women’s U.S. – Deena Kastor (1:07:34)
“I challenge every runner in the world to break the World Half Marathon Record at one of US Road Sports’ 13.1® Marathon Series races. There is nothing I would enjoy more than handing a $100,000 check to an athlete at one of our races. Bring on the competition,” says US Road Sports & Entertainment Group’s CEO, Steve Obert.
What: Half Marathon and 5K
When: August 21, 2011 Race starts at 7:13 AM. All runners/walkers must finish in 3 ½ hours. Runners can register up until day of the race.
Who: Runners - Parent or guardian of all participants under the age of 14 will be required to sign an additional waiver at packet pick-up.
Prize: Half Marathon: Overall Male: 1st - $13,100; 2nd - $1,000, 3rd - $500
Overall Female: 1st - $13,100; 2nd - $1,000, 3rd - $500
5K: The top 10 finishers that beat the bear (a college kid from Edina in full bear gear/see photo below) that is racing will receive a new pair of Karhu shoes and a ‘I beat the bear’ shirt.
Scenic route also serves as fundraiser for Team WorldVision
. Last year’s inaugural 13.1® Minneapolis took more than 2,500 runners and walkers on a course filled with festivities, beautiful scenery and live entertainment. Kicking off near St. Anthony Main and ending at Nokomis Park they raised over $180,000 last year.
This year their charity focus (teamed again with non-profit WorldVision) focuses on feeding the famine stricken on the horn of Africa. Their goal is to raise $250,000 this year. $50 supplies one person with clean water for life!
Cost: Entry fees August 1-14 are $85.00 for the half marathon and $25.00 for the Karhu 5K.During race week, participants can sign up for the half marathon for $95.00 and $30.00 for the Karhu 5K.
About US Road Sports
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.