Helpful Information for Elite Runners
Black Earth 10 Features both Overall and Records Awards. The details for course records cash awards are provided here. We could have just offered $100 for the course records regardless of how fast you run, but that would not be as fun as getting more if your performance is closing closer and closer to USATF open road records. Think about bringing a friend or two with you to push the group to the record, and splitting the prize with them. There doesn't have to be just one winner out there!
Terms of the Course Records Cash Awards
Performance of the Course Records Cash Awards
Course Records Cash Awards Mechanisms in Detail
To understand how the course record awards work, we first need to look at both the Black Earth 10 mile present course records and the USATF open national records.
*These records were set when the course was not certified, but was "reasonably" accurate.
Now, given the USATF open national records, we first determine 115% of those records
(this is the time where running faster increases beyond the $100-when the course record is exceeded).
What happens if a participant runs one more second faster than the present course records...female award: $100 | male award: $373.25 (as the records currently stand before the 2017 race)
Why are the amounts for the course record awards not the same for running one second faster?...it just depends on how fast the time is relative to the respective USATF open national record for that gender. The course record awards are based on how hard it is to run that time. The faster you run below the course record, the larger the award. So, a female record at the same effort as the male would be 56:14 (91.61% performance), and therefore would receive the same amount as meeting the male record of 50:27 (91.61% performance).
Black Earth 10 Mile Course Record Award Calculator
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