Effective August 6, 2019 we have made the decision to cancel the prize purse for 2019. We just do not have enough interest in this category to keep it going. We are also evaluating the Open/Elite division since attendance is down. We would like to keep the category, without prize money, but even that is a challenge right now with low participation in this category. We will reach out to those who are in the category and decide next week if we have to cancel the category altogether. Please contact Ken Racine with questions at Ken@RacineMultiSports.com
We are currently reviewing the prize purse for 2019. A couple of things have developed that is making us consider reducing or canceling the prize purse. This is not an easy decision. First, the amount of Elite/Pro athletes have decreased over the years. We only attracted 5 pro men and 1 pro women last year. And so far this year no pro athlete has entered. 2) Overall registration has declined in the triathlon industry so there is less revenue to apply to prize purses. This is disappointed for us as we have enjoyed giving out compensation for the top athletes, but, we cannot overlook the expense of a purse. It does not make sense to pay a prize purse to a declining field of Elite/Pro field when money in the industry is shrinking. We are dedicated to keeping this event as a “top shelf” race and in order to ensure this we have to adjust expenses to match revenue. For these reasons we are reviewing the purse. We will announce our final decision 2 weeks out from the race. We appreciate your understand! Please contact Ken Racine with any questions.
There will be a $3,200 total cash prize purse ($1,600 each race) for the Luray Triathlon only. Cash will be awarded to the top 3 Male & Female OPEN and ELITE Division athletes (no relays) in each race as follows: 1st – $400, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150.
- ELITE and OPEN Division athletes, triathlon only, will start in wave 1 and compete for the top 3 overall awards and the prize money. They will not be eligible for age group awards.
- Age group athletes not in the OPEN Division will only compete for age group awards and not overall awards.