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Posted: May 10, 2019:  

Athletics: Geay, Wanjiru Win PRRO Championship at Bloomsday

PRRO champions also split $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus; Boilermaker Road Race 15K opens the 2019-20 Circuit on Sunday, July 14

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Sunday morning May 5th, under pleasant, partially cloudy conditions, the 43rd Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K hosted the 2019 PRRO Championship, and Gabriel Geay of Tanzania and Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya captured the PRRO crowns in 34 minutes, 50 seconds and 39:06, respectively, and each earned $7000 as race winners. In an exciting men's finish, Geay outkicked Benard Ngeno of Kenya by one second, while Wanjiru went unchallenged to the tape, beating women's runner-up Vicoty Chepngeno of Kenya by 30 seconds.

In addition, for the 24th PRRO Championship, Geay and Wanjiru also split evenly the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus. Both PRRO champions were eligible for the bonus because each had won a 2018-19 PRRO Circuit event (Geay, Boilermaker 15K 2018 and Wanjiru, Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile 2019). The overall event prize purse awarded was $86,500 in Open and American prize money plus PRRO bonus money.

"It was great to finish out my tenure as Bloomsday race director with two exciting races on Sunday," said Don Kardong, Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) Circuit President and Bloomsday race director & founder. "And it was also gratifying to have race winners from Boilermaker and Cherry Blossom split the PRRO Championship Super Bonus at Bloomsday."

Also at the PRRO Championship, $1500 was paid out in PRRO Event Champion's Bonus money for 2018-19 PRRO Circuit event winners - see summary below - who also earned top 10 Open prize money in Spokane. [NOTE: An athlete who wins the PRRO Super Bonus is not eligible for the PRRO Event Champion's Bonus.]

Bonus money of $1500 went to:

  • Buze Diriba (Ethiopia), 6th female, 41:19

For complete 2019 race results, go to:

The Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K on May 6, 2018 opened the PRRO Circuit 2018-19. The PRRO Circuit - celebrating its 25th year - showcased world class competition at 4 classic American road race events shorter than the marathon distance and featured more than $330,000 in guaranteed prize money overall, with $109,500 available for U.S. athletes.


Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, May 6, 2018, Spokane, WA
$81,000 in prize money ($20,000 U.S. prize money)
Winners: Jemal Yimer*, Ethiopia (34:18) and Buze Diriba*, Ethiopia (39:27)

Boilermaker 15K, July 8, 2018, Utica, NY
$66,000 in prize money ($14,500 U.S. prize money)
Winners: Gabriel Geay*, Tanzania (43:40) and Mary Wacera*, Kenya (50:01)

Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon, February 24, 2019, Tampa, FL
$40,000 in prize money ($30,000 U.S. prize money)
Fauble, Tuliamuk Win 2019 PRRO Circuit Opener at Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, April 7, 2019, Washington, DC
$65,000 in prize money ($25,000 U.S. prize money) plus performance bonuses

Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K: The PRRO Championship, May 5, 2019, Spokane, WA
$81,000 in prize money ($20,000 U.S. prize money)

The Boilermaker Road Race 15K, on Sunday, July 14 in Utica, NY, will open the 2019-20 Circuit season, and the summertime classic U.S. road race will also host the 2020 PRRO Championship.

To-date, PRRO Circuit events have produced 17 world and 17 U.S. road records, awarded more than $7.6 million in prize money and seen more than 2.5 million runners cross their finish lines. In addition, since 1996, the PRRO Championship race has paid out more than $1.9 million, including $160,000 in PRRO Circuit 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 2017-18 season, more than 50 in-competition tests and an undisclosed number of pre-competition tests were conducted. The 2018-19 season will have a similar number of tests.

PRRO Championship and Circuit Year

The PRRO Circuit, launched in 1995, starts and finishes the Circuit Year at the same event that will also host the season-ending PRRO Championship race. The reigning titlists of the PRRO Championship and the event winners on the current Circuit are eligible to compete for the PRRO Super Bonus at the PRRO Championship.

Visit for more information, including PRRO's history and past champions, as well as how to join the PRRO Circuit.

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