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Jim Estes (Long Distance Running
2007 Boston Marathon to Serve as USA Women's Marathon Championship
Race to Feature Additional Prize Purse for Top U.S. Women
and will Select Two Positions for the 2007 IAAF World Marathon
BOSTON, Mass. - USA Track & Field has designated the 2007 Boston Marathon
as the USA Women's Marathon Championship, guaranteeing a deep field of
American women in the 111th running of the historic Hopkinton-to-Boston
race. The race will be held on Monday, April 16, 2007.
The 2007 USA Women's Marathon Championship will be a part of a year-long
build-up to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon, which
will be held one day prior to that year's Boston Marathon.
As the USA Women's Marathon Championship, the 2007 Boston Marathon will
feature a separate, additional prize purse for top American female
finishers. Also, the USA Women's Marathon Championship at Boston will
select two of the five team positions for the 2007 IAAF World Marathon
Championship and World Cup Marathon (Osaka, Japan; September 2, 2007).
Numerous Olympic Trials qualifiers are expected to take part in the 2007
Marathon Championship in preparation for 2008. Still other athletes will be
using the Championship to achieve their Olympic Trials qualifying times. To
qualify for the Olympic Trials, athletes must run the "A"
standard of 2:39:00 or the "B" standard of 2:47:00. Women may also qualify
with a 10,000m performance of 33:00.00.
"In 2006 we saw a tremendous performance from our U.S. men in Boston, with
five placing in the top 10. Now, with the 2007 Women's Championship and the
2008 Olympic Trials set to take place in Boston, our spotlight is shifting
to the top U.S. women," said Guy Morse, Executive Director of the Boston
Athletic Association. "Over the next two years, the recent resurgence in
American distance running will be continuing in Boston."
"Boston is such a prestigious event, and for our elite U.S. women it gives
them an opportunity to perform on a stage with the best runners from around
the world, which is very exciting," said Elizabeth Phillips, Chair of
USATF's Women's Long Distance Running Committee. "Being in Boston in 2007
will also provide a preview of the excitement that will surround the 2008
U.S. Olympic Team Trials -Women's Marathon 12 months later."
Competitors in the USA Women's Marathon Championship will begin in the
Elite Women's Start at 9:35 a.m. The elite men's field and Wave One of the
race will then begin at 10:00 a.m., with Wave Two starting at 10:30 a.m.
The USA Women's Marathon Championship* will feature a prize purse of
$70,000, with entrants also eligible for overall Boston Marathon prize
money. The USA Championship purse breaks down as follows:
1st place $25,000
2nd place $15,000
3rd place $10,000
4th place $6,000
5th place $4,000
6th place $3,000
7th place $2,500
8th place $2,000
9th place $1,500
10th place $1,000
USA Women's Marathon Championship Total = $70,000
Additionally, USA Track & Field will award championship funds* to the
first- through fifth-place 2007 USA Women's Marathon Championship
finishers, provided the athletes are qualified to receive the funds,
1st place $4,000
2nd place $3,000
3rd place $2,000
4th place $1,000
5th place $500
USA Track & Field Championship Funds Total = $10,500
* Prize money will not be distributed until all drug testing results have
Recent USA Marathon Champions include Marla Runyan (2006), Nicole Aish
(2005), Colleen DeReuck (2004), Sara Wells (2003), Jill Gaitenby (2002),
and Deena Kastor (2001).
The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon will be held on
Sunday, April 20, 2008: the day before the 112th Boston Marathon. The
course will follow a multi-loop course through Boston and Cambridge. The
top three finishers in that race will qualify for the U.S. team competing
later that summer at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
About the Boston Athletic Association
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit
organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a
healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston
Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization
manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and
year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the
Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services. Last year, the
Boston Marathon joined the Flora London Marathon, the real,-Berlin
Marathon, The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and the ING New York City
Marathon in launching the World Marathon Majors. The first World Marathon
Majors Series concludes at the end of 2007.