The Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) yesterday launched the twelfth edition of Guyana’s most lucrative 10k road race, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) South American 10km Road Race Classic, which will host on October 26 in Guyana, its first of usually three legs.
President of the AAG Aubrey Hutson, disclosed that a gears bus will transport the athlete’s gears form the start to the finish line. He said that is a first for the race, which was launched at the Guyana Olympic Association Headquarters, High Street, Kingston.
Huston said that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will be providing significant medical assistance for the event that will have two ambulances on the course. He informed that one of the ambulances will be positioned behind the last athlete and the other along the course. There will also be two doctors and five medics at the finish line.
Meanwhile, while no international participation have been yet confirmed, the race is expected to attract a number of international athletes as invitations were sent to countries requesting their participation.
All international athletes are expected to be in Guyana on or before October 25. The AAG will be providing transportation and accommodation at the Sleepin Hotel. Athletes arriving before or leaving after the dates will have to indicate same to the association.
Registration for the event will close on October 17. However, the AAG will accommodate late registration at a cost of GYD 2,000.
The event will feature three categories; Open, Juniors and Masters, with the open (male and female) first place prize being US$1,000 for the winner while second will receive US$600, third; US$400, fourth US$300 and fifth US$200.
The Masters 40-55 age category will see the first place prize being GYD $20,000 while second and third will receive $12,000 and $8,000 respectively. The master’s 56 and over will see the top prize being GYD $15,000, second $10,000 and third $5,000.
The junior athletes will not be receiving cash. The AAG said that giving juniors cash will be in conflict of the IAAF. The juniors will receive grants or vouchers worth US$100 for first place, US$75 for second US$50 for third and US$25 for fourth.
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