Mary Wacera, 2014 and 2015 PRRO Circuit Companionship winner, will race in Pittsburgh on Nov. 6
This year’s EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler kicks off the 2016-17 PRRO Circuit and next year we'll be hosting the champtionships! Great news, right? ,
So, you're probably wondering what the PRRO Circuit is and what do the letters P-R-R-O stand for?
Well, the Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) is an alliance of race directors who together organize and promote the PRRO Circuit, a nationwide series of world class competitions at five prestigious road race events shorter than the marathon distance. Featuring legendary races like the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 and Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, the upcoming Circuit will showcase some of the world’s best runners and will offer more than $350,000 in prize money.
The PRRO Circuit has some impressive credentials. To-date, PRRO Circuit events have produced 18 world and 17 U.S. road records, awarded more than $6.9 million in prize money and seen more than 2.3 million runners cross their finish lines. The PRRO Circuit has also been a long-time pioneer and champion of a clean sport. Each event, including the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, is committed to drug testing.
While this year’s EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler will kick off the series, next year’s race will host the championship. If an athlete has won one of the previous PRRO events and then wins next year’s championship race in Pittsburgh, he or she will take home the $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus (this is split if eligible male and female win the PRRO title in the same year.)
PRRO CIRCUIT SCHEDULE 2016-17
- EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, Nov. 6, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA
- World’s Best 10K, Feb. 26, 2017, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 45th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, April 2, 2017, Washington, DC
- Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, May 7, 2017, Spokane, WA
- 40th Boilermaker 15K, July 9, 2017, Utica, NY
- EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler: The PRRO Championship, 2017 Date TBD, Pittsburgh, PA
As the youngest member of the PRRO crew, the 4th EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler has already established itself as one of the most serious 10 mile road races in the country. This year’s race offers a $26,000 prize purse with each race champion earning $4,000. Expect to see some of the world’s best runners including Olympians race in Pittsburgh on Nov. 6.
For more information about the PRRO Circuit, visit www.prro.org