A Field Dominated By Women

Curious about who is running the 2014 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon so far? Well, one thing is for certain, there are more women than men. Women number 61% of runners and walkers, while men account for just 39%.

As you could probably guess, most runners – 1,350 — are from California, followed by Oregon with 8. Texas is sending 6 runners; Missouri, 4; Nevada and Washington, 3 each; Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and South Carolina, 2 each; and 7 from various other states. To make it an international affair, we have one runner from the United Kingdom, and one person on active duty with the Armed Forces, Pacific division.

But one person who won’t be running the marathon this year is two-time winner Jon Olsen of Modesto, who is battling some injuries. However, we do expect a spirited, competitive field this year.

New this year is that we will be going three deep in prize money for both male and female divisions. Marathoners will earn $500, $250 and $100 for first, second and third-place finishes. Half marathoners: $250, $100, $50; and 5K runners, $100, $50 and $25.

Setting a course record will also net a bonus $500 in the full, $250 in the half, and $100 in the 5K. Check out our awards page for current record holders.

Awards are given in 5-year age groups, and we are especially “kid friendly” in the 5K, with special prices of $15 for those 12 and under, and awards starting at 5 & under.

We also offer Athena (women over 160 pounds) and Clydesdale (men over 200 pounds) divisions in the full and half marathons. Weigh in at the Golden Valley Health booth at the Expo. Participants who choose to compete in these categories will not be eligible for age group awards.

Also new this year is a wheelchair category and an assisted team division.

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