$20,000 prize purse includes Austin Marathon, Austin Half Marathon
High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is accepting applications from elite runners for the 2023 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour’s Elite Athlete Field. Returning for its sixth year, the Elite Athlete Field creates a competitive field of elite male and female runners while discovering emerging talent, pushing the entire talent pool to reach Olympic standards. FloTrack’s live coverage highlights the competition amongst the elites, following runners throughout the event and showcasing their accomplishments throughout the broadcast. The 31st annual Austin Marathon, owned and produced by High Five Events, takes place February 19, 2023.
Runners accepted to the 2023 Austin Marathon/Half Marathon Elite Athlete Field will compete for a $20,000 prize purse. The Austin Marathon prize purse will total $15,000 and award the top five male and female finishers. The Austin Half Marathon purse will total $5,000 and award the top three male and female finishers.
“Since reintroducing the program in 2017, we’ve seen the competition grow and overall times get faster,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Several racers have hit Olympic Marathon Trials times which is exciting to see happen on Austin’s streets.”
Athletes accepted into the Elite Athlete Field must meet the program’s standards. Those that meet standards will receive a comped entry into The Austin Marathon or Half Marathon and a comped entry into the 3M Half Marathon. In addition to prize money, there is travel assistance, and bonus money available based on times achieved in the past three years and on race day.
To be eligible for prize money and reimbursement, athletes must be accepted into the Elite Athlete Field and start the race. All athletes are subject to random drug testing pre- and post-race. Read more about program details, including eligibility standards, here. Interested athletes and coaches with questions can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2023.