homeless dude in Santee wrote:
Incorrect. This race like many others now only pay prize money to eligible runners that are in the approved elite field. Rupp could show up on race day, enter, and win, and would be ineligible for prize money.
Why this trend started a few years ago I don’t know. But it’s büllshït. The girl from NY that was denied prize money at Boston 2018 because she wasn’t in the elite field is a prime example.
Is that true for Manchester? Do you have a source? I don't see anything on their website indicating that only the elite field is eligible for money, and in fact they pay out up to the top 25 finishers ($100 gift certificate for 25th) and the elite field is not 25 deep. The only prize money that seems to have any string attached is the king/queen of the hill, where the winner is the first up the hill who also places top 10 (to avoid someone sprinting 2 miles and then jogging it in).