BIG $$ Announcement Out of Falmouth

New Balance Falmouth Road Race Prize Total Increased to

American Money to Equal Open Totals

Wheelchair Total increased to $8,500 


Mass. ‰ÛÓ The New Balance Falmouth Road Race, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 14, will
celebrate its 39th running with an elite athlete prize purse of
$116,400, an increase of $14,900 from 2010.   

The American prize purse is the largest outside a
national championship with the male and female prize totals of $22,350
each.  This total will equal the Open Male and Female prize purse with
double-dipping allowed.  In the event an American is the Overall Champion,
he or she will take home the $10,000 first-place Overall award and $10,000
first-place American award for a $20,000 payday.  “We are pleased to be
able to offer this prize money opportunity to our American athletes.  It
follows Falmouth’s tradition of being the first race, in 1996, to guarantee
American prize money awards and coincides with the first year of the ten-year
title sponsorship of New Balance,” said President, Board of Directors,
Christine Frazier. 

In addition, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race male
and female Wheelchair prize purse has been increased to $4,250 each from
$2,500.  Frazier also noted, “The increase in our Wheelchair prize purse
is due in part to our continued partnership with our Wheelchair Division
sponsor, Rockland Trust.  Our race was one of the first events to support
wheelchair competition.”  The first male wheelchair athlete pioneer, Bob
Hall, completed the course in 1977, the first of six straight wins.  He
was soon followed by the first female, Natalie Bacon, in 1979, who outdid him
with an eight-race winning streak. 

The Falmouth Mile, to be held at the Falmouth High
School Kalperis Track on Saturday, Aug. 13, will feature a prize purse of
$3,750 each for the male and female divisions.  In addition, there are
incentives of $500 if the men’s winner breaks four minutes and the women’s
winner cracks 4:33.

The 7-mile summertime Cape Cod classic will begin in
Woods Hole and wind its way to the finish along the beach in Falmouth
Heights.  The wheelchair division will start at 9:40 a.m. and the open 10
a.m.  Past male winners include Gebre Gebremariam (2010) and Tilahun
Regassa (2009), from Ethiopia, and the female winners include Wude Ayalew
(2010) and Mamitu Daska (2009), also both from Ethiopia.  The recent male
wheelchair winners include Craig Blanchette (2010) and Krige Schabort
(2009).  Jessica Galli (2010, 2009) has dominated the female wheelchair field. 


About Falmouth Road Race
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one
of the premier running events of the summer season.  Each year the race
draws an international field of Olympians, elite athletes and recreational
runners out to enjoy the scenic 7-mile seaside course.  The non-profit
Falmouth Road Race organization is dedicated to promoting health and fitness
for all in its community.  Proceeds from the race each year support youth
athletic programs in the town of Falmouth and other nonprofit community groups.


2011 New Balance Falmouth
Road Race Prize Money Purse

Open ‰ÛÓ Male & Female

  1. $10,000
  2. $5,000
  3. $2,000
  4. $1,500
  5. $1,000
  6. $800
  7. $650
  8. $600
  9. $450
  10. $350

 Course Record Bonus:  $2,500 

 Current Male Record:  31:08 (Gilbert Okari 2004)

 Current Female Record:  35:02 (Lornah Kiplagat


American ‰ÛÓ Male & Female

  1. $10,000
  2. $5,000
  3. $2,000
  4. $1,500
  5. $1,000
  6. $800
  7. $650
  8. $600
  9. $450
  10. $350

Masters ‰ÛÓ Male & Female

  1. $2,500
  2. $1,000
  3. $750
  4. $500
  5. $250

Over 50 ‰ÛÓ Male & Female

  1. $500

Wheelchair ‰ÛÓ Male & Female

  1. $2,000
  2. $1,000
  3. $750
  4. $500



Mile ‰ÛÓ Male & Female

  1. $2,000
  2. $1,000
  3. $500
  4. $250

 Incentive:  $1000

 Male winner under:  4:00.00

 Female winner under:  4:33.00

 Incentive:  $500

 Male finishers under:  4:00.00

 Female finishers under:  4:33.00



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