NEW YORK — USA Track & Field is hitting the road to try to take advantage of the passion of the millions of recreational runners in the country.
The governing body will hold a new national road race in the fall, open to both amateur and elite competitors. The 7½-mile event announced Wednesday will have a combined $100,000 purse for the top men and women. Several thousand other entrants, with the demographics sponsors crave, will also take part.
The date, location and course will be announced in the next few weeks. The unusual 12-kilometer distance was chosen because it’s in the middle between 5K events and marathons — and for the simple fact that it is unique.
—The Associated Press