The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour® will take place on February 16, 2020. The event is USATF-sanctioned and certified and features some of the best views Austin has to offer. The course is well-supported with 22 aid stations, 26 bands, hundreds of amazing signs, and thousands of cheering spectators. Historically, temperatures in mid-February range from a high of 66 degrees to a low of 42 degrees. The event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 30+ countries around the world.
The application process for the Elite Athlete Program is open and calling for elite marathoners, half marathoners, and milers to apply. The 2020 Austin Marathon has a total prize purse of $26,000, including the Manzano Mile presented by Dole®. In its fourth year since being reintroduced, the Elite Athlete Program focuses on creating a field of elite male and female runners with a competitive nature and discovering emerging talent, while helping the existing talent pool reach Olympic standards.
There is no cap on the number of runners accepted into the Elite Field, but there is a cap on the number of runners accepted into the Elite Athlete Program. This cap will be 10 men and 10 women for both the Austin Marathon and the Austin Half Marathon.
ALL accepted athletes will be required to: - post about their acceptance to the Elite Field on social media- post about their training experiences leading up to the Austin Marathon on social media - participate in activities such as blog writing or content creation- take part in pre-race video interview in months leading up to Austin Marathon weekend- attend FloTrack press conference at Austin Marathon Expo on Saturday, February 15, 2020- be interviewed by Leo Manzano for a segment entitled Rapid Fire with the Lion (optional)
All athletes are subject to random pre- and post-race drug testing. Prize checks will be mailed post-race, upon completion of drug testing protocol. To be eligible for reimbursement, athletes must be accepted into the Elite Athlete Program and begin the race. Only runners accepted into the Elite Athlete Program or the Elite Field are eligible to earn prize money. Runners accepted into the Elite Athlete Program or the Elite Field are not eligible for age group awards.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Athletes will be notified of their selection by a representative of the selection committee.
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