In 2011 The North Shore 1/2 Marathon went from being a local race to world class event, attracting elite runners with a $10,000 prize purse. In it’s 33rd year the event brought over 30 elite athletes representing 13 nations to battle it out for the prize purse.
2012 RAM Racing has sweetened the pot even more, making the North Shore 1/2 a true runners race. Above and beyond the $10,000 prize purse, this year North Shore 1/2 is offering $500 to the top male and female finishers from Illinois, giving them the opportunity to walk away with $3000 if they are the overall winner.
“It’s a step towards making the North Shore 1/2 an event that attracts elites from around the world. but also helping to support the local running community as well” said Brandon Presern, RAM Racing, Race Director.
Travel reimbursement and gift certificates to Running Away Multisport for elite and age group runners are also a part of the new North Shore prize package.
” Every thing we do, we do with the thought of adding to the overall experience of the runners,” says Presern. “From the elites to the first time 5K runner, we are always working to make sure that at the end of the day, they cross the finish line safely, but also have a great experience.”
Every runner will get an North Shore 1/2 branded “track” jacket and 1/2 finishers will also get finishers medals.
Bringing a 1/2 Marathon to the Northern suburbs is something that Presern and his team look forward to every year. ” It’s a great course, and a different course 1/2 or 5K runners get to step away from the usual fair of the lake front path and run through an amazing part of our city. It’s beautiful, challenging and historic.”
The post race party will have a live band, kid zone and plenty of food for participants of both distance races.
Registration is still available online at http://www.northshorehalf.com/