In 2010 event, Michael Wardian missed taking home the $15,000 by only 52 seconds…He returned in 2011 to defend his title and used his course knowledge to take home a piece of the prize money placing second to Tyler McCandless who set a new course record of 2:23:21. McCandless walked away with $8,750 and Wardian pocketed $6,250 and then finished the day with a 13 mile trail run along the spectacular Na Pali Coast cliffs!
The Grand Hyatt Kauai $15,000 Speed Challenge Rules
All 2012 Kauai Marathon participants that are officially registered in the marathon are eligible for the Grand Hyatt Kauai $15,000 Speed Challenge.
Time Standards Eligible for the Grand Hyatt Kauai $15,000 Speed Challenge:
- Men: New Course record- Sub- 2:23:21
- Women: Sub 2:45:00
All times and finishing order will be based on USATF rules (GUN time). No chip time is eligible for the Speed Challenge bonus.
The first participant of each sex under the set time standards will be awarded with a $2500 bonus. In addition, ALL runners (male and female combined) under the standard will receive an equal amount of the remaining bonus. For example if both the male and female standard is eclipsed by the top finisher of each sex then all of the participants under the set standards will split a portion of $10,000. The top male and female finishers will also be included in the remaining dispersal if they run below set standards.
In the following scenario if both the male and female winners of the marathon finish under their respective standards and eight (8) other finishers also eclipse the set standards then bonus payments would be as follows:
Top Male: $2500
Top Female: $2500
All 10 athletes, including top male and female who achieved the “Speed Bonus”: $1,000
Total = $15,000 Challenge Bonus
The top available prize is $15,000 if only one athlete of either gender reaches the standard and no other athlete of either gender achieves the standard.
All prize money recipients must be officially registered participants and must make a good faith effort to make themselves available for post-race interviews with race affiliates and media. All prize money is subject to US tax laws, including a 30% withholding fee to non-US residents. Runners with high school or collegiate eligibility should check with their respective association regarding prize money, since such payments are almost never allowed.