AT&T Austin Marathon To Hold International Team Challenge in 2008 By David Monti (c) 2007 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved December 14, 2007
of the AT&T Austin Marathon have decided that their 2008 event,
scheduled for Sunday, February 17, will employ a unique international
team challenge format for the first time. Co-ed squads from the USA,
Canada, Great Britain, and Mexico will compete for $33,000 in team
prize money. Teams of two men and two women will be scored based on
the best three finishers by gender based only on place (cross country
scoring); finish time will not factor into the scoring.
Each team will receive a small appearance fee and prize money will be paid to teams as follows: $15,000-10,000-5,000-3,000.
will be organized by each country's federation. The USA team will be
selected by the men's and women's long distance running committees of
USATF based on the following selection criteria:
Selections: Two (2) positions will be offered (based on rank order of
finish) among sub-2:20 finishers at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials –
Men's Marathon held on November 3, 2007; final position(s) will be
offered based on a list of performances from January 1, 2007 through
November 18, 2007.
Women's At-Large Selections: Two (2)
positions will be offered based on a time list of sub-2:47 marathon
performances from January 1, 2007 through November 18, 2007.
Interested USA athletes or their representatives should contact Jim Estes, USATF Senior Manager of LDR/Marketing, at [email protected] or 317-713-4661 for consideration BY DECEMBER 21.