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The fifth annual Riker Danzig Newport 10,000, set for Saturday, May 10, in Jersey City, N.J., is offering a $19,000 prize money purse, organizers announced today. The flat 10-K, which boasts beautiful views of Manhattan across the Hudson River, also serves as the USATF-NJ Open Championship for men and women.
"The Newport 10,000 has traditionally attracted outstanding elite runners including 2006 ING New York City Women's runner up, Tetyana Hladyr, who set the course record of 32:00 in 2006," said race director Mark Zenobia via e-mail. "Catherine Ndereba, Jemima Jelagat, Julius Kibet (men's record of 28:42) and Linus Maiyo have also competed," he added.
The top-5 open finishers will earn $2000, $1250, $750, $400 and $250, respectively, and there are also bonuses of $1000, $500 and $250 for the top-3 American finishers. Race amenities include ChampionChip scoring, mile clocks, technical T-shirts, post race refreshments, and a D.J.
The course records are 28:42 by Julius Kibet (KEN) in 2004, and 32:00 by Tetyana Hladyr (UKR) in 2006. Last year's winners were Phillip Koech (KEN) in 30:10 and Silvia Skvortsova (RUS) in 34:13.
More information on the race is available at www.OYMP.net.