The inaugural event kicks off in Alexandria, Va.
On its website, USA Track & Field is announcing an event it says is geared for both “weekend warriors” and “top elites.”
It’s called the .US National Road Racing Championships, and it takes place Nov. 17 in Alexandria, Va.
As part of the championships, a total of $100,000 in prize money will be offered for eligible elite athletes who have qualified for the race by competing in USATF USA Running Circuit (USARC).
But younger pros aside, the event also serves as the championship race for runners who are 40 years and older.
The field for the event will be capped at 5,000 runners.
“The road-racing boom in this country has had an amazing effect on the health of millions of Americans, and has raised billions of dollars for charity,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “With the .US National Road Racing Championships, USATF is aggressive about providing a first-class experience for back-of-the-pack runners as well as this country’s top elite athletes. As a federation, we are committed to supporting and engaging both groups, and everyone in between.”