2019 Austin Marathon Elite Athlete Program

Run with the Austin Marathon elites!

Please read everything carefully. Incomplete applications by potential Austin Marathon elites will not be reviewed.

The Austin Marathon® presented by Under Armour® will take place on February 17, 2019. The event 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. Historically, temperatures in mid-February range from a high of 66 degrees to a low of 42 degrees. The event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 30+ countries around the world.

The application process for the Elite Athlete Program is open and calling for elite marathoners, half marathoners, and milers to apply. The 2019 Austin Marathon has a total prize purse of $26,000, including the Manzano Mile presented by Dole®. In its third 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 talent, while helping the existing talent pool reach Olympic standards.

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 Austin Marathon and the Austin Half Marathon.

ALL accepted athletes will be required to:
– post about their acceptance to the Elite Field on social media
– post about their training experiences leading up to the Austin Marathon on social media
– participate in activities such as blog writing or content creation when applicable
– take part in pre-race video interview in months leading up to Austin Marathon weekend
– attend FloTrack press conference at Austin Marathon Expo on Saturday, February 16, 2019
– be interviewed by Leo Manzano for a segment entitled Rapid Fire with the Lion (optional)

Austin Marathon prize purse: $15,000 total split evenly between men’s and women’s divisions
1st – $3000
2nd – $2250
3rd – $1200
4th – $675
5th – $375

Elite Athlete Program:
– comped entry to the Austin 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 20, 2019 (to use as a tune-up race)
– and other cool perks to be announced at a later date

To be accepted into the Elite Athlete Program, athletes must meet the following standards 2 years before Feb. 17, 2019:
– Male: 2:24 (full) or 1:07 (half)
– Female: 2:50 (full) or 1:17 (half)

Available bonuses:
– $100 for having hit the Olympic standard 2 years before Feb. 17, 2019
Male: 2:19 (full) or 1:04 (half)
Female: 2:45 (full) or 1:13 (half)

– $100 for hitting Olympic standard during the 2019 Austin Marathon
Male: 2:19 (full only)
Female: 2:45 (full only)

The Elite Athlete Program is limited to 10 men and 10 women for the Austin Marathon.

Accepted athletes within 15 minutes of the standard will be invited to the Elite Field. They will receive a comped race entry and are eligible to win prize money. They will not receive the full benefits of the program or any bonuses.

Austin Half Marathon prize purse: $5000 total split evenly between men’s and women’s divisions
1st – $1400
2nd – $700
3rd – $400

Elite Athlete Program:
– comped entry to the Austin 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 20, 2019 (to use as a tune-up race)
– and other cool perks to be announced at a later date

To be accepted into the Elite Athlete Program, athletes must meet the following standards 2 years before Feb. 17, 2019:
– Male: 2:24 (full) or 1:07 (half)
– Female: 2:50 (full) or 1:17 (half)

Available bonuses:
– $100 for having hit Olympic standard 2 years before Feb. 17, 2019
Male: 1:04
Female: 1:13
– $100 for hitting Olympic standard during the Austin Half Marathon
Male: 1:04
Female: 1:13

The Elite Athlete Program is limited to 10 men and 10 women for the Austin Half Marathon.

Accepted athletes within 10 minutes of the standard will be invited to the Elite Field. They will receive a comped race entry and are eligible to win prize money. They will not receive the full benefits of the program or any bonuses.

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, athletes must be accepted into the Elite Athlete Program and begin the race.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2018. Applications received after this deadline will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Athletes will be notified of their selection by a representative of the selection committee.

If there are questions or more information is needed, please contact elites@youraustinmarathon.com. Please allow 7-10 business days for a response.

Only runners accepted into the Elite Athlete Program or the Elite Field are eligible to earn prize money. Runners accepted into the Elite Athlete Program or the Elite Field are not eligible for age group awards.