Elite Runners

The PNC Milwaukee Marathon is a race for everyone, from beginning runners to professionals. As part of this commitment, we have an Elite Runner Program for the Marathon and Half Marathon with prize money of over $8,000. This program will have two standards for qualifying.


event A Standard B Standard
Men's Marathon 2:20:00 2:30:00
Women's Marathon 2:50:00 3:00:00
Men's Half Marathon 1:08:00 1:12:00
Women's Half Marathon 1:20:00 1:25:00
  • A Standard
  • Men's Marathon 2:20:00
  • Women's Marathon 2:50:00
  • Men's Half Marathon 1:08:00
  • Women's Marathon 1:20:00
  • B Standard
  • Men's Marathon 2:30:00
  • Women's Marathon 3:00:00
  • Men's Half Marathon 1:12:00
  • Women's Half Marathon 1:25:00

The elite athlete program has an A standard and a B standard for qualifying as shown above. Qualifying times must have been run no earlier than 2 years from the date of our race. The qualifying standards are designed to ensure a competitive field of participants. Each tier for the two events has a fixed capacity of spots available which will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

To apply for the program you must send an email to nicoleg@rocventures.org with the following information:

  • Name, address, phone number, date of birth, shirt size
  • Which race you plan to run (marathon or half marathon)
  • Qualifying time, date and race

Applicants only need to apply for a given event, not a specific tier, since your past finish times will determine which tier you are qualified for. You will be notified if you have been accepted for our elite field within 20 business days. If you are not accepted into the program, you may still register and you will still be eligible for prize money awards.

Athletes who are accepted into our elite field receive a complimentary race entry and VIP Package.

Prize Purse


First Place = $1,000
Second Place = $500
Third Place = $250
Master's First Place = $350
Top Finisher from Wisconsin = $150

Half Marathon

First Place = $500
Second Place = $300
Third Place = $150
Master's First Place = $200
Top Finisher from Wisconsin = $100

For questions on the PNC Milwaukee Marathon Elite Runner Program, please email us at nicoleg@rocventures.org.

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