From USATF Press Release – USA Track & Field and RunnerSpace.com announced Wednesday the creation of USARunningCircuit.com, which is a brand new multi-media, fan-friendly website that will highlight professional road racing athletes on the USA Running Circuit (USARC). The 2010 USARC is a USATF road series featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon. The circuit, which is comprised of ten events each for men and women, features America’s finest distance runners.
USARunningCircuit.com will provide fans with the latest news about the circuit featuring coverage of each event with photos, video of each competition, video interviews with top finishers, videos featuring top ranking athletes on the circuit, the latest results, up-to-the-minute standings and lists of past champions. Selected events on the circuit, including Thursday’s 2010 USA 1 Mile Road Championships from Minneapolis, will be webcast live on USARunningCircuit.com.
“USARunningCircuit.com is another way USA Track & Field is better showcasing our events online,” said USATF CEO Doug Logan. “Recent webcasts of USARC races revealed there is a large audience for more robust coverage of our championship races and top distance runners. USARunningCircuit.com will provide plenty of coverage for that audience while drawing in new fans to road racing, an activity that millions of Americans enjoy on a participatory level.”
The 2010 USARC will once again see a record amount of circuit prize money for a non-Olympic year with a total prize purse of $623,850 offered by host events. U.S. athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for various Team USA events, including the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the Chiba International Ekiden.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
RunnerSpace.com’s industry-leading running / track and field team and event website creation software used to power the USARunningCircuit.com website will allow fans and athletes to interact like never before through the yearlong series. Be sure to follow your favorite athletes and help us fill all the past years photos and videos to help complete this historical archive!
RunnerSpace.com is a social networking website for all runners to connect and share with other runners and fans through its industry-leading team and event website creation software.
For more information on the USA Running Circuit website, visit: www.usarunningcircuit.com.