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AnyTime Prize $ at Syracuse Festival of Races

SFoR
Introduces
AnyRunner Prize
Money䋢

$2,400
Up for Grabs in First-Ever, Performance-Based Prize Money for Middle-of-the-Pack
and Back-of-the-Pack Runners

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. ‰ÛÓ The Syracuse Festival
of Races (SFoR) is pleased to announce the introduction of performance-based
prize money for runners whose finishing times aren’t fast enough to win the
monetary awards available to top finishers in many road races.  The new AnyRunner Prize Money‰ã¢ will debut in conjunction with the
Men’s 5K and Women’s 5K at the 19th annual SFoR on Sunday, October 2nd.

“We
think that AnyRunner Prize Money䋢
will add a new level of excitement, motivation, and fun for all of those
runners who’ve never dreamed of winning prize money at a road race,” says Dave
Oja, founder and race director of the SFoR.  “Road racing has always presented the opportunity for any
runner to line up with the sport’s prize-money winners; AnyRunner Prize Money‰ã¢ now offers the opportunity for any
runner to be one of the
sport’s prize-money winners.”

The
world’s first-ever AnyRunner Prize
Money䋢
purse will total $2,400. 
One hundred dollars will be awarded to the first official finisher in
each of twelve AnyRunner times䋢
in both the Men’s 5K and the Women’s 5K at the SFoR.  For the Men’s 5K, the twelve AnyRunner times‰ã¢ will fall between 15 minutes (4:50 per mile
pace) and 38 minutes (12:15 per mile pace).  For the Women’s 5K, the twelve AnyRunner times‰ã¢ will fall between 17 minutes (5:29 per mile
pace) and 40 minutes (12:54 per mile pace).  The list of AnyRunner
times䋢
will be announced in July, giving all entrants months to practice
their paces and plan their strategies.

Oja
believes that the SFoR’s AnyRunner Prize
Money䋢
breaks new ground in the road racing industry.  “It’s unlikely that anything like this
has ever been done before,” he says. 
“I’ve checked with enough industry leaders in enough different areas of
the country to say with confidence that this really is something new under the
road racing sun‰ÛÓand we’re proud to be doing it here in Syracuse and Central New
York.”

With race entries limited to 800 in each of the two
5K races, Oja expects the Festival’s 5K race fields to fill quickly.  “How cool is it for runners who’ve
never even won an age group award to have a chance to win $100 for being the
first to finish in 22:37, 27:49, 34:51, or whatever the AnyRunner times‰ã¢ turn out to be?” he asks.  “The AnyRunner Prize Money‰ã¢ tag line asks the road runners of the
world: Isn’t It Time YOU Turn Pro?‰ã¢, and I think an awful lot
of them are going to be quick to answer, ‰Û¢You
bet it is!
‘”

In addition to
the Men’s 5K and Women’s 5K, SFoR events include the MVP Health Care 3K Fun
& Fitness Run, the Tops Friendly Markets Community Walk, and the Fitness
Forum/Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Joint Replacement Run & Walk.  Participants in the various SFoR events
range from area pre-school children and their families to world-class age-group
athletes as old as 92 competing in the 2011 USA Masters 5 km Championship.

Additional
information regarding the 19th annual Syracuse Festival of Races is
available at:  http://www.festivalofraces.com.

Major support for
the 2011 Syracuse Festival of Races comes from:  MVP Health Care; Tops Friendly Markets; USA Track &
Field; Fitness Forum Physical Therapy; Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists;
Driver’s Village; Dick’s Sporting Goods; YNN; Eagle Newspapers; Citadel
Communications; the Syracuse New Times;
Family Times; and the Syracuse
Chargers Track Club, Inc.

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