One of the largest half-marathon top prizes offered in the U.S.; overall event prize purse also expands to $47,000 for 13th edition
ST. LOUIS - (September 12, 2012) - GO! St. Louis, a local not-for-profit organization that specializes in providing fitness events and programs for the region on a year-round basis, has announced a substantial increase in prize money for the popular half-marathon race presented by PNC Bank, which is part of the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, set for April 6 & 7, 2013 in downtown St. Louis, MO. The men's and women's winner in the half-marathon will each receive a $10,000 prize, while second place receives $5000 each and third place $2000.
Total prize money for one of the Midwest's largest races was increased to $47,000, including a $1000 bonus for a new course record in the marathon race. The $10,000 half-marathon prize is one of the largest awards in the United States, only three other races (NYC Half Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half and Aramco Houston Half) currently have awards that equal or exceed the value.
"I'm excited that in 2013 we have the opportunity to offer a new elite athlete program, including one of the top half-marathon prizes in the U.S.," said Nancy Lieberman, GO! St. Louis president. "For many years, competitors primarily from the Midwest region have supported our race in large numbers, but our Board of Directors wanted to increase the prize money in an effort to attract more athletes from around the world to our event, while highlighting the beautiful but challenging downtown St. Louis race course."
Registration for the 13th edition opened on September 4 with special $60 entry fee pricing for the first 1,500 registrants in the half or full marathon. For additional information, including details on the new elite athlete program and a complete listing of prize money visit GOstlouis.org.
The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend was established in 2000, and now in its 13th year, attracts participants of all ages and fitness abilities. The innovative event features a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K, GO! St. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon®, Children's Fun Runs and a Mature Mile, and traditionally draws 25,000 participants and 50,000 spectators over two days.