Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile to Present the 2018 PRRO Championship

February 9th, 2018

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile to Present the 2018 PRRO Championship

The 46th event edition on Sunday, April 8 offers a $65,000 Open prize purse including $25,000 U.S.-only prize money; qualifying PRRO Circuit athletes will also vie for $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus and PRRO Event Champion’s Bonus money

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile on Sunday, April 8 will host the PRRO Championship race for the first time. The annual “Runner’s Rite of Spring” road race will award $65,000 in Open prize money that goes 10-deep, including $25,000 for U.S. athletes. At the 46th event edition, a top international field is again expected in the nation’s capital. In addition, along with PRRO Championship crowns at stake, qualifying 2017-18 PRRO Circuit athletes are eligible for the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus and PRRO Event Champion’s Bonus money.

“The 23rd PRRO Championship will feature world class competition among the sport’s most accomplished distance runners,” said PRRO President Don Kardong. “It will be an exciting race on an iconic course.”

“We look forward to hosting the PRRO Championship for the first time,” added Phil Stewart, Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile race director. “The event has a long history of supporting elite competition so the PRRO Championship is an excellent way to continue that tradition.”

This year, the event also serves as the RRCA National 10 Mile Championship.

The 10 mile race is one of the three events during CUCB Ten Mile weekend – a Kids’ Run is held on Saturday with the 10 mile and a 5K Run-Walk contested on Sunday – that together draw more than 20,000 participants.

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile features a fast, flat and scenic USATF-certified course that tours famed Washington, DC landmarks and the Tidal Basin and has produced 10 world and U.S. records. Last year’s race champions were American Stanley Kebenei and Ethiopian Hiwot Gebrekidan, running 46 minutes, 36 seconds and 53:37, respectively.

The 45th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile on April 2, 2017 opened the PRRO Circuit 2017-18. The PRRO Circuit showcases world class competition at 5 classic American road race events shorter than the marathon distance and features more than $340,000 in prize money overall with $124,700 available for U.S. athletes.

PRRO CIRCUIT 2017-18 SCHEDULE

45th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, April 2, 2017, Washington, DC
$65,000 in prize money ($25,000 U.S. prize money) plus bonuses
Winners: Stanley Kebenei*, USA (46:36) and Hiwot Gebrekidan*, Ethiopia (53:37)

Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, May 7, 2017, Spokane, WA
$81,000 in prize money ($25,000 U.S. prize money)
Winners: Gabriel Geay*, Tanzania (34:31) and Buze Diriba*, Ethiopia (40:19)

40th Boilermaker 15K, July 9, 2017, Utica, NY
$66,000 in prize money ($14,500 U.S. prize money)
Winners: Silas Kipruto*, Kenya (43:55) and Mary Wacera*, Kenya (49:18)

5th EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler: The 2017 PRRO Championship, November 5, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA
$26,200 in prize money ($5200 U.S. prize money)
PRRO Champions: Panuel Mkungo*, Kenya (47:03) and Buze Diriba*, Ethiopia (52:11)

Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon, February 25, 2018, Tampa, FL
$40,000 in prize money ($30,000 U.S. prize money)

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile: The PRRO Championship, April 8, 2018, Washington, DC
$65,000 in prize money ($25,000 U.S. prize money) plus bonuses

*Qualified for the PRRO Super Bonus at the 2018 PRRO Championship.

At the PRRO Championship, reigning champions and any athlete who has won one of the 2017-18 Circuit events are eligible for the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus, which is awarded to the winner of the 2018 PRRO Championship (split if an eligible male and female win the PRRO titles). Those aforementioned runners are also eligible for the PRRO Event Champion’s Bonus ($1500 cumulative for eligible athletes who do not win the PRRO Championship but do place in the top 10 at the PRRO Championship). Any athlete who wins the PRRO Super Bonus is not eligible for the PRRO Event Champion’s Bonus.

If the male and female winners of the PRRO Championship have not won any of the events on the current Circuit, they will win $2500 each as the PRRO Circuit champions in addition to the prize money at the PRRO Championship event.

PRRO Circuit events have produced 17 world and 17 U.S. road records, awarded more than $7.1 million in prize money and seen more than 2.3 million runners cross their finish lines. In addition, since 1996, the PRRO Championship race has paid out more than $1.7 million including $134,500 in PRRO Championship bonus money.

The PRRO Circuit, a long-time pioneer and champion of a clean sport, has funded drug testing at its events since 2006. During the 2016-17 season, USADA conducted more than 50 in-competition tests and an undisclosed number of pre-competition tests.

PRRO Championship and Circuit Year

The PRRO Circuit, launched in 1995, rotates among the PRRO Circuit races with the Circuit Year starting and finishing at the same event. The winners of 2017 PRRO Championship at the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler as well as the event winners on the 2017-18 Circuit serve as Super Bonus qualifiers for the PRRO Championship at the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile.

Visit PRRO.org for more information including its history as well as how to join the PRRO Circuit.

 

#          #          #

PRRO Circuit

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile to Present the 2018 PRRO Championship

Contact Info

PRRO Circuit
(509) 838-1579
media@prro.org
PRRO.org

Share This Article

Options

Submit Your Press Release

Get your news delivered to thousands of media contacts and industry insiders in the running, cycling and triathlon industries now.

Newsletter

Join ESW Today!

Join

Connect