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$100,000 To Be Awarded To Winner of Any 13.1® Marathon Series Race Who Breaks The World Half Marathon Record

March 24, 2011:  US Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS) announced today the largest single half marathon prize in U.S. history.  USRS will award $100,000 to the winner of any 13.1 Marathon® Series race whose winning time breaks the World Half Marathon Record. Additionally, USRS will award $50,000 to any U.S. citizen who wins any 13.1 Marathon® Series race and whose winning time breaks the U.S. Half Marathon Record.

The first race for this reward will be the 13.1® New York on April 2, 2011.

The current half marathon record holders in each category are:

  • Men’s World – Zersenay Tadese (58:23)
  • Men’s U.S. – Ryan Hall (59:43)
  • Women’s World – Lornah Kiplagat (1:06:25)
  • Women’s U.S. – Deena Kastor (1:07:34)
  • Says US Road Sports & Entertainment Group’s CEO, Greg Laird, “I challenge every runner in the world to break the World Half Marathon Record at one of US Road Sports’ 13.1® Marathon Series races.  There is nothing I would enjoy more than handing a $100,000 check to an athlete at one of our races.  Bring on the competition.” The 2011 13.1 Marathon® Series spans the U.S., and began in Los Angeles in January along the shores of the Santa Monica Bay and the world famous Venice Beach area. Upcoming races include – 13.1® New York - April 2, 2011: will be run within historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair.  The race begins in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium; 13.1® Chicago - June 4, 2011: starts and finishes at the Historic South Shore Cultural Center (SSCC) on Chicago’s south side. The SSCC offers beautiful views of both Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline; 13.1® Minneapolis - August 21, 2011: features a challenging and scenic point to point course highlighting downtown, the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Parkway and Lake Nokomis; 13.1® Atlanta - October 2, 2011: the race starts and ends on the beautiful Oglethorpe University campus beside the quadrangle; 13.1® Dallas - October 23, 2011: features a dramatic downtown start amongst the “all hat and all cattle” iconic Big D skyline; and 13.1® Fort Lauderdale - November 13, 2011: offers an amazing sunrise on a scenic and friendly course. Start near Port Everglades and the Broward Convention Center. About US Road Sports:  US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events.  The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand.  For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun.  US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community. # # # Contact: US Road Sports: Jason Brown   770-402-5791

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