Seeded & Elite Athletes


To be eligible for elite entry or prize money at the America’s Finest City Half Marathon, an athlete must:
            ∙ Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance
            ∙ Have never served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs
            ∙ Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who ever served a ban for use of
              performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career
            ∙ Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9,
              W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
            ∙ Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF,
              USADA and WADA

Qualifying Times:

Athletes interested in being considered for a complimentary entry must fill out an application and have run the following time or under in the past two years. NOTE: The elite field for the 2017 race is full and we are no longer accepting applications.

Consideration for:
Male Female
Complimentary Entry
 1:08:00 1:20:00
Seeded Bib #
 1:12:00 1:24:00

Prize Money Distribution:
Half Marathon:

   Male Female
1st Place
$1,500 $1,500
2nd Place
3rd Place
$500 $500
All prize money awards are based on gun times. Athletes are eligible for all of the prize money that they qualify for.

Bonus of $1,000 for athletes that break the half marathon course record (must place 1st-3rd).

Open Course Records
1:01:59 Nelson Oyugi (KEN) - 2013
1:10:27 Belainesh Gebre (ETH) - 2010

Past Winners - Click here for a list of past male and female winners

Top Finish Times - Click here for a list of top finish times


NOTE: U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens must furnish their Social Security Number or else 31% of the prize money must be withheld.

Nonresident Aliens must have 30% of prize money withheld unless their country has a tax treaty with the United States.

Non-California residents will have Calif. State withholding tax withheld for payments over $1500.


Drug Testing:

Athletes who participate in this competition are subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USA Track and Field and IAAF Rule 55. Athletes found positive for banned substances, or who refuse the test will be disqualified from this event and will be ineligible for future competitions. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications contain banned substances. Call the USO Drug Hotline at 800/233-0393 for information regarding drugs and for testing.



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