Delta Air Lines to provide special prizes to top male / female from Georgia
ATLANTA - Race officials at the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon have announced that over $30,000 will be awarded to runners at the inaugural race, scheduled for Sunday, March 25. The marathon champions will receive $5000 each. The half-marathon will pay $1500 to each Open division winner. An additional $9000 will be awarded to participants in the Wheelchair division of the half-marathon.
In the marathon, the payouts will go five spots deep in the Open division per gender. The first male who completes the race in under 2 hours and 12 minutes will earn a $1000 bonus; the first female who completes the race in sub 2 hours and 30 minutes will also earn the same bonus. In addition, the top three finishers in the Masters division (40 and over) for the marathon will earn prize money.
In the half-marathon, payouts will go three deep for runners in the Open division per gender and in the Wheelchair division, the top male and female in the Open division will win $1500 each.
"This is a significant prize money structure for a first-year event. We believe this will allow us to attract a very talented field for the marathon and half-marathon," said Victoria Seahorn, race director for the ING Georgia Marathon. "And Delta Air Lines has introduced a bonus incentive for all Georgians in the race. Close to 70% of the registrations to date reside here in Georgia, so it is a great way for a global company like Delta to recognize members of the local communities where they are so strongly involved."
For all amateur participants who are Georgia residents, and U.S. citizens, Delta Air Lines, the official airline of the ING Georgia Marathon, will provide a special incentive. Two trips for two to Amsterdam, Netherlands, will be awarded by Delta Air Lines - one trip for the top Georgia male and one trip for the top Georgia female. The trips will include registrations for each winner and a guest to participate in the October 15, 2007 ING Amsterdam Marathon, staging its 29th race this year. Hotel accommodations and race registrations will be provided by Mizuno USA.
"Few companies are synonymous with their home base like Delta is with Atlanta and the state of Georgia, and we're delighted to sponsor this premier sporting event in our own backyard," said Tim Mapes, Delta's managing director of Marketing. "Delta's Worldport at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's largest airline hub and home of Delta's largest international operation with flights to 72 international destinations in 45 countries, including convenient service to Amsterdam."
A mass start at 7:00am of 15,000 marathoners and half-marathon runners will begin in exactly two months from Underground Atlanta for the inaugural ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. The wheelchair race on the half-marathon course will begin at 6:55am. As of today, 13,800 registrations had been received for all events. The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon is part of the USATF Georgia Long Distance Running (LDR) Grand Prix Series, which has eight championship events in 2007.
"To win a marathon is prestigious. To win a debut marathon is historical," said Ron Wayne, the Running Promotions Manager at Mizuno USA, who is managing the entry process for elite runners at the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. To apply as an elite runner, athletes or their representatives should contact Ron Wayne at Ron.Wayne@mizunousa.com.
About the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon, to be held on Sunday, March 25, is Georgia's first neighborhood-based marathon and half-marathon. It will travel through 26.2 miles (and 13.1 miles for the half-marathon) of the Metro Atlanta area's most interesting and historic areas including the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Decatur, Midtown and Downtown. Along the way, it will pass landmarks including the King Center, Carter Center, Margaret Mitchell House and finish at Underground Atlanta. The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon includes a marathon, half-marathon and a wheelchair half-marathon. Runners, "wheelers" and race-day volunteers can get information about the route, expo, training seminars and event sponsors at: www.INGGeorgiaMarathon.com.
Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Director
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