Austin Marathon Elite Athlete Program

The Austin Marathon®, scheduled to take place on February 18, 2018, has opened the application process for the Elite Athlete Program and is calling for elite marathoners and half marathoners to apply. The 2018 Austin Marathon has a total prize purse of $20,000. In its second year since being reintroduced, the Elite Athlete Program focuses on creating a field of elite male and female runners with a competitive nature and discovering emerging marathon talent while helping the existing talent pool reach Olympic standards.

To be accepted into the Elite Athlete Program, athletes must meet the standards listed below. In an effort to highlight up-and-coming runners, runners will be accepted into the overall Elite Field if they are within 10-15 minutes of the standards. Athletes accepted into the Elite Athlete Program are eligible for all benefits. Athletes who missed program standards and are accepted into the Elite Field will receive a comped entry and are eligible to win prize money, but will not be eligible for the benefits listed below.

Benefits of being accepted into the Elite Athlete Program: comped entry to the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon, eligible for reimbursement (up to $350) for hotel and transportation (to and from hotel only), standards bonuses, comped entry to the 3M Half Marathon on January 21, 2018 (to use as a tune up race), and other perks to be announced at a later date.

There is no cap on the amount of runners accepted into the Elite Field, but there is a cap on the amount of runners eligible for the Elite Athlete Program. This cap will be 10 men and 10 women for both the marathon and the half marathon. The marathon prize purse totals $15,000 and the half marathon prize purse totals $5,000. The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, which starts and finishes downtown, is USATF-sanctioned and certified and features some of the best views Austin has to offer. The course is well-supported with 22 aid stations, 26 bands, hundreds of amazing signs, and thousands of cheering spectators.

Program details including prize purse breakdown, standards times, and contact information are below. Historically, temperatures in mid-February range from a high of 66 degrees to a low of 46 degrees. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 20+ countries around the world.

Marathon Prize Purse: $15,000 total
$7500 each division
– 1st – $3000
– 2nd – $2250
– 3rd – $1200
– 4th – $675
– 5th – $375

***Non-race day standards must be met at least two years prior to February 18, 2018
Eligibility Standards for the Austin Marathon Elite Athlete Program (all benefits):
– Male: 2:24 (full) or 1:07 (half)
– Female: 2:49 (full) or 1:17 (half)

Registration Standards Program:
Accepted elite athletes will receive $100 for having hit Olympic standard before the Austin Marathon.
– Male: 2:19 (full) or 1:05 (half)
– Female: 2:45 (full) or 1:15 (half)

Race Day Standards Program:
Elite athletes will receive $100 for hitting Olympic standard during the Austin Marathon.
– Male: 2:19 (full only)
– Female: 2:45 (full only)

Marathon Elite Field Standards:
***No greater than 15 minutes from Elite Athlete Program Standards

Half Marathon Prize Purse: $5000 total
$2500 each division
– 1st – $1400
– 2nd – $700
– 3rd – $400

***Non-race day standards must be met at least two years prior to February 18, 2018
Eligibility Standards for the Austin Half Marathon Elite Athlete Program (all perks):
– Male: 1:05
– Female: 1:15

Half Marathon Registration Standards Program:
Accepted elite athletes will receive $100 for having hit Olympic standard before the Austin Half Marathon.
– Male: 1:05
– Female: 1:15

Half Marathon Race Day Standards Program:
Elite athletes will receive $100 for hitting Olympic standard during the Austin Half Marathon.
– Male: 1:05
– Female: 1:15

Half Marathon Elite Field Standards:
***No greater than 10 minutes from Elite Athlete Program Standards

***All athletes are subject to random pre- and post-race drug testing. Prize checks will be mailed post-race, upon completion of drug testing protocol. To be eligible for reimbursement, athlete must be accepted into the Elite Athlete Program and begin the race.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2017. Athletes will be notified of their selection by a representative of the selection committee. Applications received after the deadline will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. If there are questions or more information is needed, please contact elites@youraustinmarathon.com. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.