Runners who break the Cowtown’s half marathon records will split $13,100, event organizers announced Monday.
The Cowtown will also offer more than $30,000 in cash prizes for the fastest runners in the half marathon and marathon races and an additional $10,000 in course record bonuses in the marathon and ultra marathon.
The races are on March 1, a day after the 5k and 10k races, making the Cowtown the largest multi-race event in Texas. An estimated 28,000 runners participated in 2014.
Nearly $20,000 will be awarded to the top finishers in the half marathon, and runners who break the course records (1:09:27 for men, 1:18:05 for women) will split $13,100. Winners will get $2,000; runners-up will get $1,000.
In a statement, Cowtown executive director Heidi Swartz said organizers decided to focus on the half marathon because many runners can run faster than the records. She also said a number of elite runners have expressed interest in using the event as a training race for the USATF marathon championship March 15 in Los Angeles.
In the marathon, $3,000 will go to the winners, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third.
In addition, a course record bonus of $2,500 will be offered for the marathon and ultra-marathons.
The Cowtown partnters with MarathonGuide.com on the prize program.
Athletes who meet the following standards will be provided with race entry and hotel accommodations on a first-come-first-served basis: sub 1:10:27 for men or sub 1:20:05 for women in the half and sub 2:25:00 for men and sub 2:55:00 for women in the marathon.
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Feb. 28-March 1, Will Rogers Memorial Center
Races: 5K, kids 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, ultra marathon