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EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler Hosts PRRO Championship Race


Top international field expected in the City of Champions on Sunday, November 5; $26,200 race purse with $5200 U.S.-only money plus $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus and PRRO Event Champion's Bonus on the line

PITTSBURGH - (October 31, 2017) - For the first time, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler will host the PRRO Championship race, set for Sunday morning, November 5. At the 5th edition, a top international field, including four PRRO Circuit 2016-17 event winners, will be vying for the PRRO crown, a $26,200 race purse and $5200 U.S.-only money, as well as the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus and PRRO Event Champion's Bonus money in the City of Champions.

"We are really excited to be holding the PRRO Championship at the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler," said Don Kardong, Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) Circuit President. "The star-studded men's and women's fields promise to produce some outstanding competition."

At the 22nd PRRO Championship, reigning champions and any athlete who has won one of the 2016-17 Circuit events are eligible for the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus, which is awarded to the winner of the 2017 PRRO Championship (split if an eligible male and female win the PRRO titles). Those aforementioned runners are also eligible for the PRRO Event Champion's Bonus ($1500 cumulative for eligible athletes who do not win the PRRO Championship but do win Open prize money at the PRRO Championship). Any athlete who wins the PRRO Super Bonus is not eligible for the PRRO Event Champion's Bonus.

If the male and female winners of the PRRO Championship have not won any of the events on the current Circuit, they will win $2500 each as the PRRO Circuit champions in addition to the prize money at the PRRO Championship event.

Below are the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus & Event Champion's Bonus qualifiers for the 2017 PRRO Championship presented by the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. Those four athletes entered in the PRRO Championship are noted with an asterisk.

The PRRO Championship presented by Boilermaker, July 10, 2016, Utica, NY 
Teshome Mekonen, Ethiopia, 43:58
Cynthia Limo, Kenya, 48:50

EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, Nov. 6, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA 
Leonard Korir, USA, 47:13
Buze Diriba*, Ethiopia, 51:38, course record

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, Apr. 2, 2017, Washington, DC
Stanley Kebenei*, USA, 46:36
Hiwot Gebrekidan, Ethiopia, 53:37

Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, May 7, 2017, Spokane, WA 
Gabriel Geay, Tanzania, 34:31 
Buze Diriba*, Ethiopia, 40:19

Boilermaker 15K, July 9, 2017, Utica, NY 
Silas Kipruto*, Kenya, 43:55
Mary Wacera*, Kenya, 49:18

The PRRO Circuit 2016-17 opened on November 6, 2016 at the annual fall Steel City road race. The PRRO Circuit showcases world class competition at 4 classic American road race events shorter than the marathon distance and features more than $260,000 in prize money overall with $74,900 available for U.S. athletes.


Boilermaker 15K: The PRRO Championship July 10, 2016, Utica, NY 
$63,600 in prize money ($6500 U.S. prize money)

EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, Nov. 6, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA 
$26,200 in prize money ($5200 U.S. prize money)

45th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten MileApril 2, 2017, Washington, DC 
$65,000 in prize money ($25,000 U.S. prize money) plus bonuses

Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, May 7, 2017, Spokane, WA 
$81,000 in prize money ($25,000 U.S. prize money)

40th Boilermaker 15KJuly 9, 2017, Utica, NY 
$66,000 in prize money ($14,500 U.S. prize money)

5th EQT Pittsburgh 10 MilerThe PRRO Championship, Nov. 5, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA 
$26,200 in prize money ($5200 U.S. prize money)

To-date, PRRO Circuit events have produced 17 world and 17 U.S. road records, awarded more than $7.1 million in prize money and seen more than 2.3 million runners cross their finish lines. In addition, since 1996, the PRRO Championship race has paid out more than $1.7 million, including $121,500 in PRRO Championship bonus money.

The PRRO Circuit, a long-time pioneer and champion of a clean sport, has funded drug testing at its events since 2006. During the 2015-16 season, USADA conducted more than 50 in-competition tests and an undisclosed number of pre-competition tests.

PRRO Championship and Circuit Year

The PRRO Circuit, launched in 1995, rotates among the PRRO Circuit races with the Circuit Year starting and finishing at the same event. The winners of 2016 PRRO Championship at the Boilermaker, followed by the winners of the four events on the 2016-17 Circuit, serve as qualifiers for the PRRO final at the 2017 EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler.

In February 2017, the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa, FL joined the PRRO Circuit 2017-18 to become the 5th Circuit event member. The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile will host the PRRO Championship 2018 on Sunday, April 8.

Visit for more information, including its history, as well as how to join the PRRO Circuit.

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