The program benefits both NYRR members and non-members.
The New York Road Runners have announced a revamped bonus program for athletes who qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Called the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier Bonus Program, the initiative will pay $500 to any athlete that registers a marathon Trials qualifying time in one of the following NYRR races: the 2014 and 2015 NYC Half and TCS New York City Marathons, the 2014 and 2015 More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon, and the 2015 Fred Lebow Manhattan Half.
“Although the U.S. Olympic Trials are a once-in-every-four-years event, for the athletes trying to get there, they’re the culmination of a lifetime of round-the-clock dedication and focus,” said Sam Grotewold, NYRR’s manager of professional athletes, in a press release. “With this new Trials-qualifier bonus, we hope to recognize the hard work it takes just to get to the Trials, and to thank those athletes who choose to chase their dreams on the streets of New York.”
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The organization also increased its stipend program for NYRR runners that qualify for the 2016 Trials in distance events ranging from the 800 meters to the marathon. The NYRR will now give NYRR athletes who qualify $2,016, provided they meet the following requirements:
— Have been an NYRR member for at least three months prior to the date of
his or her qualifying performance for the Trials
— Compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in one of the following events:
800 meters, 1500 meters, 5000 meters, 10,000 meters, 3000-meter
steeplechase, or marathon
— Participate in at least four NYRR races between January 1, 2014, and
December 31, 2016
— Volunteer at or participate in at least one NYRR Youth Programs event
between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2016
The program began in 2012 and a total of 13 athletes earned bonuses, earning a combined $26,000.