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That's Right! If you meet the qualifying standards, you can join the Elite Corral at the #PumpkinsInThePark5K this Fall in Chicago! Elite Corral runners are eligible for cash prizes. Now, that doesn't always happen at a 5K!
To qualify, you must submit proof of performance from a similar event. See the chart below for specifics.
Note: If you don't submit proof by the deadline, you'll be placed in an alternate corral and will NOT be eligible for the prize purse.
Placement in the Elite Corral is on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't wait! Assignment is not guaranteed. You can verify your corral assignment in your Ram Racing account.
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Cash Prizes for Elite Runners
Here's the deal. There's a cash purse for runners in the Elite Corral. The Top 3 overall Men and Women in the Illinois Elite Corral will receive awards.
The awards structure for 2018 is as follows for both the men and the women:
In addition to the overall prize money, the top overall male and female finisher who beats the existing Pumpkins in the Park 5K record wins an additional $100.
Current #PumpkinsInThePark Records to Beat
Male Event Record is 14:48.
Run by Dan Kremske of Woodstock, IL in 2016
Female Event Record is 16:53.
Run by Katie McMenamin of Lafayette, CO in 2017
Athletes must be accepted into and start with the Elite Corral in order to be eligible for the prize purse. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility.
How to Apply for the Elite Corral
If you'd like to be considered for the Elite Corral (and be eligible for the prize money), you must be a US Citizen and you must have proof of a qualifying finishing time from a previous race.
To apply, register for the race and select the Elite Option during registration, and when submitting proof of results.
If you already registered, and want to be considered for the Illinois Elite Corral, email your proof of qualification AND your confirmation number to email@example.com.
Proof of Qualification
Any of the following is considered acceptable proof of your race time:
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
The prize money and elite corral are only open to U.S. Citizens. You'll be asked for proof of citizenship at packet pickup, and on race day when you get your bib.
Accepted proof of citizenship includes the following:
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August 26, 2023