Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to Offer 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifying Incentives
Top three Americans with first "A" standard qualifying times to receive bonus money - PITTSBURGH - (February 25, 2011) - The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon has announced special incentives to encourage Olympic hopefuls to race on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Awards will be made to the top three Americans who garner their first "A" qualifying times to compete at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston on January 14.
Race organizers will provide a 2:39 pacer for the women, and a "rabbit" to pace men through Mile 18 at a 2:19 pace. Incentives offered for each gender include $2250 in cash and prizes for the top "A" Olympic Trials qualifying time, and $1750 in cash and prizes for the second and third Olympic Trials qualifying times. Athletes who post an "A" qualifying time will be reimbursed for their hotel and transportation as well. These incentives will be offered in addition to eligibility for the overall race prize purse.
"Part of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon mission is to promote the sport of long distance running. In an Olympic-qualifying year, we feel that offering a combination of pacers and cash incentives to help athletes offset their training costs and achieve their dreams was the most effective way for us to demonstrate our commitment," said race director Patrice Matamoros.
To be eligible for the cash, prize and transportation package, athletes must register in advance for the Olympic Trials Qualifying Incentive Program, and have official race times which demonstrate that they have the potential to qualify. Runners should call Kelsey Jackson of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon for further details, at (412) 586-7785. More details for athletes and coaches can also be found online at www.pittsburghmarathon.com, under Race Participants.
Olympic Trials Incentive Program Race Benefits
* Pre-race technical meeting on Saturday
* Placement of water bottle and beverages on course
* Pacing assistance: a 2:19 pace "rabbit" for men through Mile 18, and a 2:39 pacer for women
* Friday night Red Carpet VIP Party
* Saturday night Pasta Party dinner
Prizes and Incentives
Prizes for the top three finishers for each gender from the program with an Olympic Marathon Trials "A" qualifying time in the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon receive:
* First: $1500 cash, $500 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate and $250 GNC gift certificate
* Second: $1000 cash, $500 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate and $250 GNC gift certificate
* Third: $1000 cash, $500 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate and $250 GNC gift certificate
All runners posting their first Olympic Trials "A" qualifying time will receive reimbursement for travel and hotel. All program participants are eligible for overall race prize purse.
The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is a non-profit organization that promotes the love of long-distance running and enhances community involvement in fitness activities through high quality events for a wide variety of ages and abilities. Visit for www.pittsburghmarathon.com more information.