Run Rabbit Run isn’t until September but the race recently drew a lot of attention. It did that by putting together a prize purse of $50,000 for the 100-mile run.
That’s a lot of money for any running event – but for ultrarunning, it’s roughly the equivalent of $6 billion. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but this is unprecedented. While some ultra races have put up money for breaking course records, this is the only one I’ve seen where there is so much money just for winning/placing.
Here is the prize money breakdown:
• 1st Place Male — $12,000
• 2nd Place Male — $4,000
• 3rd Place Male — $3,000
• 4th Place Male — $2,000
• 5th Place Male — $1,500
• 6th Place Male — $1,000
• 7th Place Male — $500
• 1st Place Female — $12,000
• 2nd Place Female — $4,000
• 3rd Place Female — $3,000
• 4th Place Female — $2,000
• 5th Place Female — $1,500
• 6th Place Female — $1,000
• 7th Place Female — $500
In case you think you have a shot at the prize money, you may want to consider this:
100 Mile elevation gain/loss = 20,191 ft
50 Mile elevation gain/loss = 9,031 ft
Average elevation = approx. 9,000 ft
The race website states:
These are not beginner’s runs. The uphills and downhills are fairly steep. You’ll spend a lot of time at an altitude of nearly two miles. There may be snow, rain, sleet, wind, or then again, it may be hot. Please do not try to run this course if you’re not completely prepared.
Course records, age records and past results can be found here.
Do you think this type of prize money is good for the sport? Bad for the sport?
Do prizes/awards/medals influence your decision to participate in an event?