Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pittsburgh Marathon offers money as incentive

To attract runners trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the Pittsburgh Marathon added monetary incentives to its growing elite program.

American runners who finish well enough in the race, which begins at 7 a.m. Sunday, can qualify for the marathon at the January 2012 Olympic Trials in Houston, where the top three men and women qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Men who finish in 2:19 or under and women who run a 2:39 or under earn an "A" qualification time and receive funding to travel to Houston. Women who finish at 2:46 or under earn a "B" time and qualify but don't receive funding. Runners also can qualify in the half marathon -- 1:05 for the men, 1:15 for the women.