Unique American incentives once again to support U.S. emerging athletes
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (August 18, 2012) - Officials at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon have announced its prize money structure, which includes attractive, unique incentives for emerging American runners and a total prize purse of $15,050 plus bonuses.
Top overall male / female prize for the Sunday, October 7 race will be $1500, with the top American male and female earning $1200. Double dipping will be allowed.
In addition to American-only prize money, any U.S. runner who placed in the top 10 in any event at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials - including the marathon - and who earns prize money at the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon will have that prize money doubled. For example, if the winning American placed in the top 10 at the Trials, the cash reward would be $2400.
"We are totally committed to our American athletes and to helping them to be competitive on the world scene," event founder and director Steve Nearman stated. "Last year, we offered bonuses to runners who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and we are proud that four gentlemen earned tickets to those trials in Houston last January. One runner Ricky Flynn was 12th in those Trials and another runner Bobby Mack went on to win the USA Cross Country Championships a month later."
An additional $1000 bonus is being offered to any male or female who sets a new course record. The male record is 1:02:37 and female record is 1:12:44.
2012 WWBH Prize Purse = $15,050 plus incentives
Note: Any American who finished in the top 10 of any of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials events (including marathon) and earns prize money at the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon will earn double the prize money below.
Overall male / female: $1500, $750, $500, $250, $175 and $100
American-only male / female: $1200, $700, $400, $250 and $150
Masters male / female: $200, $150 and $100
Potomac Valley Association / USATF Championship - VISA Cards
Open male / female: $300, $200 and $100
Masters male / female: $250, $150 and $100
New course record bonus $1000 - Men's CR (1:02:37) and Women's CR (1:12:44)
In addition, distinctive age group plaques to top three places in 26 age-specific categories.
For more information on the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, see: www.wilsonbridgehalf.com
About the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon
This 13.1-mile USATF-sanctioned footrace begins at historic Mount Vernon and ends in the modern resort of National Harbor. Now in its third year, the race serves as the Road Runners Club of America Virginia State Championship, the Potomac Valley Association / USATF Championship and the NIB Visually Impaired National Half Marathon Championship. Six national / local charities benefit from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon.