Austin Marathon Announces Fifth Round of Accepted Elite Runners

 

Race weekend prize purse totals $26,000

 

AUSTIN, Texas, January 10, 2019 -- High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is excited to announce the fifth round of accepted athletes for the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour®. Returning for its third year in a row, this opportunity creates a competitive field of elite male and female runners while discovering emerging talent, pushing the entire talent pool to reach Olympic standards. FloTrack’s live coverage highlights the competition amongst the elites, following male and female marathoners and half marathoners.

 

“After winning the Austin Marathon the past two years, I'm really excited to speed things up and take on the half marathon for the first time ever,” said Allison Macsas, who secured the Olympic Marathon Trials B standard at the 2018 Austin Marathon (2:43:11). “I think it's important to regularly cycle through different race distances and the Austin Half Marathon will provide a fresh challenge with stiff competition.”

 

The fifth round of 2019 marathoners include:

Patrick Rizzo - male Elite Athlete Program (4x Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier)
Arturs Bareikis - male Elite Athlete Program (2nd place 2017 Madison Marathon - 2:23:14)
Khrystyna Bohomiahkova - female Elite Athlete Program (2:46:40 at 2018 Belfast City Marathon)
Mitchell Germann - male Elite Field (2018 Decker Challenge champion - 1:16:11)

The fifth round of 2019 half marathoners include:

Allison Macsas - female Elite Athlete Program (2017 - ‘18 Austin Marathon female champion - 2:43:11)
Julian Florez - male Elite Athlete Program (2nd place 2017 Victoria Half Marathon - 1:06:04)
Mike Lowe - female Elite Athlete Program (2nd place 2018 Shreveport Half Marathon - 1:04:54)
Kimi Reed - female Elite Athlete Program (1:14:43 at 2018 Bjorklund Half Marathon)
James Ngandu - male Elite Athlete Program (1:02:43 at 2018 Philadelphia Half Marathon)
Caroline Rotich - female Elite Athlete Program (1:10:34 at 2018 Boston Marathon)
Sipho Ngxongo - male Elite Field (2018 Koala Wellness Houston Half Marathon champ - 1:10:08)
Hope Hill - female Elite Field (2nd place 2018 Columbia Gorge Half Marathon - 1:24:06)
Alana Kopelson - female Elite Field (1:24:06 at 2018 NYC Half Marathon)
Kaitlyn Johnson - female Elite Field (1:20:10 at 2017 3M Half Marathon)
Kate Hails - female Elite Field (2:54:08 at 2015 Boston Marathon)
Fontaine Haskell - female Elite Field (1:23:35 at 2016 Tuscaloosa Half Marathon)
Ryan Taylor - male Elite Field (1:10:55 at 2018 Philadelphia Half Marathon)
Alex Dantzler - male Elite Field (1:20:01 at 2018 Decker Challenge)
Lindsey McDonald - female Elite Field (1:23:16 at 2016 Rock the Parkway Half Marathon)
Rebecca Marrou - female Elite Field (2018 Run the Alamo Half Marathon female champ - 1:24:18)
Tim Rackers - male Elite Field (1:06:46 at 2016 Dam to Dam Half Marathon)

The fifth round of 2019 Manzano Mile presented by Dole participants include:

Dana Mecke - female Elite Field (2018 Manzano Mile female champ - 4:47.08)
Jake Edwards - male Elite Field (3:58.26 at 2018 Westchester Mile)
Joshua Traynelis - male Elite Field (4:02.9 at 2016 UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship)
Jessica Purtell -  female Elite Field (former Baylor track, 800m PR - 2:07)
Tansey Lystad -  female Elite Field (4:49.77 at 2017 Northwest Summer All-Comers Meet)
Jesse Chettle - male Elite Field (4:35 at 2017 Ad Astra Running Irish Mile)

The prize purse breakdown follows: $15,000 for the marathon, $5,000 for the half marathon, and $6,000 for the Manzano Mile presented by Dole. Runners not accepted into the Elite Athlete Program are still invited to run in the Elite Field.  Read about the first, second, third, and fourth round of accepted elite runners. The application process is closed.


About High Five Events: Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is community-centric and has more than 100 years’ combined experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations. Follow High Five Events on Twitter (@highfiveevents), Instagram (@highfiveevents), and Facebook (facebook.com/HighFiveEventsWorldWide/) for news and updates.