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Sara Hall Granted Matching $10,000 Bonus after Equalizer Timing Discrepancy
St. Paul, Minn. â€“ October 5, 2017 â€“ USATF 10 Mile womenâ€™s champion Sara Hall will receive a $10,000 bonus matching the one awarded to menâ€™s champ Shadrack Kipchirchir, after race officials discovered a mistake in the timing of the staggered starts of the womenâ€™s and menâ€™s fields at the USATF 10 Mile Championships on Sunday.
At the race, held in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, the womenâ€™s field is given a head start and the first USATF champion to cross the finish line â€“ female or male -- is awarded the $10,000 â€œEqualizer Bonusâ€ in addition the championshipâ€™s other prize money.
Twin Cities In Motion race officials discovered today that the menâ€™s race started only six minutes and 10 seconds after the women, rather than the 6:18 announced before the competition. The race-within-a-race received increased attention this year, when the men caught the women just before the finish line and Kipchichir finished first.
â€œI hold the stopwatch that counts down the time between the start of the women and the start of the men, and I called for the starting gun at 6:18 on the watch,â€ Twin Cities In Motion executive director Virginia Brophy Achman said. â€œThe timing computers show only a 6:10 gap between the starts, so there was clearly a mistake in the process.â€
â€œWe think itâ€™s only fair to award both Sara and Shadrack $10,000 equalizer bonuses, since the execution of the equalizer was in error,â€œ Brophy Achman added. â€œWe regret the error and will review our process for the future.â€
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