Among the athletes vying for a share of the $20,000 will be runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Canada and the US
(Fort Worth, TX) --- February 21, 2017 -- For the fourth year, The Cowtown Elite program will bring runners from around the world to Fort Worth to compete for prize money at the Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K (Ultra Marathon) and, new for 2017, the 10K distance. With $20,000 in guaranteed prize money, fast races are expected in each of these races to be held on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th. Among the athletes vying for a share of the $20,000 will be runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Canada and the US.
Among the featured runners in the men’s half, full and ultra-marathon races are Americans Tyler McCandless and Andrew Cook; Canadian Calum Neff; Ethiopian Getachew Girma Abayu; and Kenyans Stanley Boen, Peter Kemboi, Silas Too, Julius Koskei and Peter Kiprop Chebii.
Among the featured runners in the women’s half, full and ultra-marathon races are Americans Caitlin Keen, Tanja Ivandic, Anne Portlock and Lauren Versweyveld; Canadian Amy Puzey; Ethiopian Bose Gameda Assefa; and Kenyan Joan Chepkorir Aiyabei.
Elizabeth Eder Northern, winner of every Cowtown race distance, including last year’s Ultra, will be a pacer in the marathon this year for the 3:30 finish time. She will also be running the 10K on Saturday as part of The Cowtown Challenge.
“We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of races. We know the runners are looking forward to the competition and the spectators will enjoy watching the quality of runners racing Saturday in the 10K and Sunday in the half, full and ultra-marathon distances,” commented Heidi Swartz, Executive Director of The Cowtown.
The Cowtown, the largest multi-event road race in North Texas, has a $10.4 annual economic impact in Fort Worth, Texas, and has one of the largest youth runs in the nation. The 39th annual Cowtown is scheduled for Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26 at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas. The Cowtown races are presented by the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Medical City Healthcare, MillerCoors, Star Telegram, NBC 5, The Ranch, Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet and Cook Children’s Health Care System. For more information, see cowtownmarathon.org