USATF Long Distance Running Notes

01-24-2006

Contact:
Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
317-713-4661

Prize money announced for USA Cross Country Championships

The prize money breakdown for the USA Cross Country Championships, presented by Gleukos has been announced by the host New York Road Runners. The Championships will be held February 18-19, 2006 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

In addition to open and Masters prize money, a $1250 bonus will be given to the six athletes in each senior race that accept a team spot and compete in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan on April 1 and 2.

"USA Track & Field is excited to come to New York City for the USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos," said USATF Cross Country Council Chair Mike Scott. "The New York Road Runners are investing unprecedented resources into thechampionships -- from a record-breaking prize money purse to top-notch professional event production that only the directors of the New York City Marathon can provide. America's top distance runners will have the opportunity to compete inthe first-class event that they deserve!"

Open Races (Men's and Women's 4 km, Women's 8 km, Men's 12 km)

1st $2000

2nd $900

3rd $600

4th $450

5th $300

6th $200

7th $150

8th $100

Masters Races 40+ Age-Graded (Men's and Women's 8 km)

1st $300

2nd $200

3rd $100

For more information visit www.usatf.org.

World's Five Premier Marathons Unite to Form World Marathon Majors Series with $1 million prize

BOSTON and LONDON (January 23, 2006)-The world's five premier international marathons-the Boston Marathon, the Flora London Marathon, the real,- Berlin-Marathon, the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon-have joined forces to collectively present the top echelon in the sport of marathon running. These five events now present themselves as the World Marathon Majors® (WMM).

The directors of the five races also have formed and will launch the World Marathon Majors Series (WMM Series) this spring at the 110th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17. The series will culminate at the 2007 ING New York City Marathon on November 4 with the award of a total $1 million prize purse split evenly between the top male and female series finishers. Over the two-year scoring period, the world's best marathoners will earn points when they finish among the top five places at the individual WMM races, the IAAF World Marathon Championships, and the Olympic Marathons.

"The World Marathon Majors marks the first time in the sport's history that the world's top five races have joined together for the common good and promotion of the sport by creating a unified global circuit of the sport's best and most prestigious 26.2-mile championships," said Guy Morse, executive director of the Boston Marathon.

The announcement of the WMM Series was made Monday in joint news conferences in Boston and London and included the endorsement and backing of many of the world's best athletes, including world record-holder Paul Tergat of Kenya and Olympic marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi of the United States.

The WMM Series is designed to further elevate the sport of marathon running in the public eye. Helping to focus the world's best marathoners on the world's premier marathons will create a platform that is intriguing and simple to follow.

Two-year scoring periods will overlap, allowing the WMM to award a grand prize jackpot on an annual basis following the inaugural presentation in 2007.

For more information contact:

Boston: Jack Fleming +1 617.236.1652

London: Nicola Okey + 44 207.902.0182

Berlin: Jörg Wenig + 49 30.8909.5250

Chicago: Shawn Platt +1 312.904.7240

New York: Richard Finn +1 212.423.2229

Long Distance Running Resources

America's Running Routes

With over 5,000 routes, America's Running Routes allows runners to search all routes in a particular city or to narrow their search to find routes on a specific type of terrain, from hotels, in parks, from trailheads or from running stores. Business travelers can find routes to run from the hotel where they are staying or from local parks.

Visit www.usatf.org/routes

USATF Calendar

Search for long distance running events including national and association championships and grand prix events.

www.usatf.org/calendars/search.asp

Resources for Event Directors

How to organize an event, race sanctions, course certifications, competition rules, how to submit results, championship bidding information and more.

www.usatf.org/groups/EventDirectors