No doubt this is old news to CARA Runners Choice Circuit and other long-distance lovers, but the First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon on Sunday in Palos Heights is filled up. Race director Mel Diab has a full house of 2,000 coming to the fourth annual race that is on the Circuit for the first time. With good prize money, there will be a strong regional feel to the lead pack. Here is the prize money structure:
Male and Female Top 5 Finishers: 1st Prize - $1,000, 2nd Prize - $800, 3rd Prize - $700, 4th Prize - $600, 5th Prize - $500
Master 40 and Over Male and Female: 1st Prize - $500, 2nd Prize - $250, 3rd Prize - $100
Veterans 50 and Over Male and Female: 1st Prize - $250, 2nd Prize - $100, 3rd Prize - $75
That is great money for a local race in tight financial times. But the prize money is the tip of the iceberg. All I have heard is this is a great race. I will not be there due to other commitments, but have it on my list for 2012. Location is Route 83 and 76th Avenue in Paolos Heights. Good luck to everyone who got registered.