Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 29, 2010

Prize $$ attracts quality Bayshore field

Records could fall today

TRAVERSE CITY — A substantial increase in prize money has helped attract a talented field for today's Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Marathon.

A field in excess of 6,000 runners is expected for the marathon, half-marathon and 10K.

Prize money will be handed out to the top five marathon finishers and top three half-marathon finishers in the open and masters divisions. It will include a $2,000 check to the open winners in the marathon.

In addition, officials will pay a bonus for a course record in those two races, plus $300 to any runner that meets the Olympic Trials marathon standards. The bonus for a marathon record in the open class is $3,000.

"That's enticed a few," race director Bryan Burns said.

The Olympic Trials standards are 2:19 for men and 2:46 (B standard) and 2:39 (A standard) for women. A half-marathon time — 1:05 for men and 1:15 for women — will also qualify runners for the Trials.

"That's a caveat," Burns said. "You don't have to run a marathon (to qualify)."

Among the runners taking aim at the prize money is Marybeth Reader, who's entered in the marathon. She set the marathon course record two years ago (2:46.23) and the half-marathon mark last year (1:24.36). Both records could fall today.

"The race has attracted a lot of good runners this year," Reader said. "For a race this size, it's (prize money) a lot. I don't know where it came from, but it's cool."

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