Ultra trail goes big league in the US
There is no global slowdown in ultra and trail running right now it seems. Certainly in terms of prize money anyway, as going by this article on iRunFar the 2012 Run Rabbit Run 100 miler will aim to provide a cool $100,000 in prize money!
According to Bryon Powell:
The prize money is contingent upon entrants and sponsors. The website will feature a “Bunny Money Meter” showing where the prize money stands. The race organizers are putting up $10,000 to start the meter running and are shooting for $100,000. The depth of the prize money will depend on the total size of the prize purse.
Some purists may say that potential prize purses of this size are bad for the sport, sending out the wrong messages. Others may state that the spirit and ethos of the sport is being eroded. Those pro would argue that better prize purses brings ‘new blood’, a better quality of runner (debatable) and certainly increased exposure for the sport.
It’s an interesting situation, and Bryon goes on to pose this and some other pertinent questions. Nice article.