The 2015 elite prize purse is as strong as its elite field including over $20,000 in the half marathon and full marathon alone, with an additional $3,000 dedicated specifically to California resident top overall finishers
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – The U.S. Bank OC Marathon’s field of “elite” runners is poised to be best-ever as several high-profile, Olympic hopefuls have entered the 11th edition race. The 2015 elite prize purse is as strong as its elite field including over $20,000 in the half marathon and full marathon alone, with an additional $3,000 dedicated specifically to California resident top overall finishers.
In addition to the overall winnings, runners have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses if they meet the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials “A” or “B” qualifying standards, and/or break a current course record. Detailed information is available at http://www.ocmarathon.com/ForRunners/Registration/EliteAthletes.aspx
The U.S. Bank OC Marathon elite program allows local top athletes to qualify for California resident-only prize money in addition to the traditional prize purse. Runners are able to earn both overall and California resident prize purses. Qualifying athletes will be considered for a complimentary bib number, entry into a seeded race corral, race day amenities and VIP finish line festival access. To be considered for the elite program, a runner must have proof of race results for the marathon at sub-3:05:00 for women and sub-2:35:00 for men. Athletes may also qualify with half-marathon times from the past 2 years that meet the time standards of sub-1:24:00 for women and sub-1:13:00 for men.
The U.S. Bank OC Marathon is considered one of the top full and half marathon courses in the state with its diverse terrain, changing vistas and majestic ocean views. The race traverses Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Santa Ana and boasts a blend of chic coastal scenery, tranquil nature and sophisticated arts and shopping. The Nutrilite Finish Line Festival is a great race day experience with headliners from the 80’s, free massages, tacos, beer and tons of giveaways.
The 11th U.S. Bank OC Marathon will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015. More than 22,000 runners will participate in the marathon, half marathon, Wahoo’s OC 5K and Kids Run the OC. Additionally, thousands of spectators line the course, the start line in front of the Newport Beach Marriott and finish line at OC Fair and Event Center.
Key runners to date include: