The 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships will offer a record $90,000 in prize money, with a record $12,100 awarded to the winner of the men’s and women’s races. The event will pay the top 20 finishers in the open men’s and women’s races and the top five men’s and women’s masters finishers.
The event is open to all qualifying athletes who are U.S. citizens and eligible to represent the United States in all levels of international competition.
The USATF President, Stephanie Hightower said “it is the first time the half marathon championship has been featured at a stand-alone half marathon in more than 10years.”
The USATF Half Marathon Championships were held in conjunction with the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2014 and 2015. Diego Estrada of Salinas, California, won the men’s national championship in 1:00:51 and Kim Conley of Sacramento, Calif., won the women’s title in 1:09:44.
The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon will begin at the corner of Town and Front streets and will take participants north, mostly along Olentangy River Road, to the Ohio State University campus. The course cuts across the Lane Avenue bridge and past Ohio Stadium to High Street, where runners and walkers travel through the city’s most unique neighborhoods, including University District, Campus Gateway, the Short North Arts District, Arena District and German Village.
The course then takes runners and walkers over the Main Street Bridge, around COSI Columbus, and over the Rich Street Bridge. Runners and walkers will then go along the Scioto Mile before finishing at the Columbus Commons.
The Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party will again feature a Post-Race Concert headlined by SWAGG and FBA. Half Marathon runners and walkers will be treated to 50 bands and deejays throughout the course, which will have 8 aid stations.