INDIANAPOLIS – Held in just over two months, USA Track & Field’s inaugural .US National Road Racing Championships in Alexandria, Va., provides a rare opportunity for runners of all abilities – from joggers to weekend warriors to serious racers – to compete and mingle with elite runners in a single race that supports all groups.
Announced February 13, the .US National Road Racing Championships on Nov. 17 will provide $100,000 in prize money to elite athletes who have qualified for the race by competing in USATF USA Running Circuit (USARC). USARC races annually provide nearly $1 million in prize money to top U.S. road racers.
Yet the race, which also serves as the national championship road race for masters runners age 40 and over, caters to both casual and recreational runners. With a field capped at 5,000 runners, the race is operated by Alexandria’s Pacers Events and provides and intimate environment that enables it to serve and celebrate all runners.
“The road-racing boom in this country has had an amazing effect on the health of millions of Americans, and has raised billions of dollars for charity,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “With the .US National Road Racing Championships, USATF is aggressive about providing a first-class experience for back-of-the-pack runners as well as this country’s top elite athletes. As a federation, we are committed to supporting and engaging both groups, and everyone in between.”
The .US experience for runners of all abilities includes:
Specially designed medals for all finishers in the 12 km race, 5 km run/walk and ½ mile kids’ run
Food and refreshments, including beer garden
Awards stage and entertainment
Mix and mingle with the top elite racers in the U.S.
USATF Merchandise truck, selling limited-edition Nike gear
$100,000 in prize money
For more information or to register for the race, visit www.uschampionships.us
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