In honor of the very first marathon runner in history, USATF Masters Long Distance Running has established the "Phidippides Award." The awards are predicated upon participants accumulating a number of points over a given calendar year for participating in long distance running events in the United States.
The award itself is free, and will be bestowed to the runner upon receipt of his/her application (see below) and verification of the event information. Each runner will be eligible for only one award per year.
Points will be accumulated pursuant to the following chart:
Races less than 5km (3.1 miles) are not eligible.
|1 point||5km to 5miles|
|2 points||10km to 15km|
|3 points||10 miles to half marathon|
|4 points||25km to marathon or longer distances.|
The following point totals will determine the level of award the runner is eligible to receive.
|40-59 years||60-79 years||80+ years|
|Gold Award||20 points||16 points||8 points|
|Silver Award||16 points||12 points||4 points|
|Bronze Award||12 points||8 points||2 points|