Elite

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Illinois Elite Half Marathon Corral

Join the Illinois Elite Half Marathon Corral and start at the front of the pack. Run alongside like-paced runners, set a new personal record, and win cash totaling over $10,000.

Qualifying Entry & Standards

The qualifying standard to enter the men’s field is 1:20:00 and for the women’s field is 1:35:00. If you have not met these standards, an equivalent time from a similar event distance may be submitted and approved on a case-by-case basis. All qualifying performances must be as of January 1, 2015 or later. Qualifying performances must be submitted by May 1, 2017 to be considered. If results are not submitted you will be placed in an alternate start corral and will not be eligible for the prize purse.

We will be able to offer complimentary race entries on a case-by-case, first come first serve basis. The minimum standard to receive consideration for complimentary entries is 1:08:00 for the men and 1:20:00 for the women.

The Illinois Elite Corral will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Assignment to the Illinois Elite Corral is not guaranteed. All participants may verify their corral assignments on their Your Race page in your RAM Racing account.

Qualifying Times
 MaleFemale
5K17:0020:00
5M or 8K30:0035:00
10K36:0042:00
15K55:001:06:00
10M1:00:001:10:00
Half1:20:001:35:00
Marathon2:50:003:20:00

Prize Purse

Over $6,000 is up for grabs in the Illinois Elite Half Marathon Corral. The Top 5 overall Men and Women in the Illinois Elite Corral will receive awards. The awards structure for 2017 is as follows for both the men and the women:

1st Place = $1,000
2nd Place = $700
3rd Place = $500
4th Place = $200
5th Place = $100

*In addition to the overall prize money the top overall male and female finisher that breaks the existing Illinois event record will receive an additional $500.

Male Event Record* = 1:05:54– Kevin Havel, Chicago, IL (2015)
Female Event Record* = 1:15:52 – Kristen Heckert, Bolingbrook, IL (2015)

Rules and Regulations:

-Athletes must be accepted into and start with the Elite Corral in order to be eligible for the prize purse. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility.
-Athletes must not be affiliated with coach or agent who has had an athlete test positive with banned items on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited items list.
-Athletes must never have tested positive for any band items listed on the WADA prohibited items list.
-Participants that are currently NCAA eligible athletes or under the age of 18 are not eligible for prize money due to eligibilty restraints with the NCAA, High Schol Associations and AAU.
-All prize money will be disributed post-event after all W-9's have been collected and scoring has become official.
-Overall placing and money will be determined by Gun Time.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Illinois Elite Corral and to be eligible for the prize purse you need to be a resident of Illinois and you must have proof of a qualifying finishing time from a previous race. If you would like to apply for the Illinois Elite Corral you may do so by registering for the half marathon and selecting the Illinois Elite option during registration and then submitting your proof of results.

If you have already registered and would like to be considered for the Illinois Elite Corral please email your proof of qualification along with your confirmation number to illinoiselite@ramracing.org.

Acceptable proof of qualification includes:

• A screen shot of your individual race results inserted into the body of your email (the race name and date must appear along with your results)
• An attachment in the form of a finisher’s certificate
• An attached printout from an online race results page (please circle or underline your name and time) and ensure the race name and date appear on the page
• A link to your individual race results. Please ensure your name and results are the ONLY ones appearing on the page

Acceptable Proof of Residency:

The Illinois Elite Corral and prize purse is only open to current Illinois residents. Illinois Elite Corral runners will need to provide proof of Illinois residency at packet pickup and on race day before receiving your bib. Acceptable proof of residency includes:

• Current Illinois License.
• Current Illinois State ID.
• Current Utility or Mortgage bill in your name.

Failure to provide adequate proof of residency on race day will result in removal from the Illinois Elite Corral. You will be reassigned to an alternate start corral and will be ineligible for the prize purse.

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