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Cowtown half-marathon record-breakers will split $13.1K

Runners descend the Lancaster Bridge over the Trinity River as they make their way back to Will Rogers Memorial Center during the Cowtown Marathon in 2014. An estimated 28,000 runners participated in the two-day event of races.
Runners descend the Lancaster Bridge over the Trinity River as they make their way back to Will Rogers Memorial Center during the Cowtown Marathon in 2014. An estimated 28,000 runners participated in the two-day event of races. Special to the Star-Telegram

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.

Email requests to info@cowtownmarathon.org.

The Cowtown

Feb. 28-March 1, Will Rogers Memorial Center

Races: 5K, kids 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, ultra marathon

Registration: cowtownmarathon.org

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