Elite - Participant Guide - Pumpkins in the Park 5k

Elite Corral

Join the Elite Corral and start at the front of the pack. Run alongside like-paced runners, set a new personal record, and win cash prizes.

Qualifying Entry & Standards

The qualifying standard to enter the men’s field is 17:00 and for the women’s is 20:00. If you have not met these standards, an equivalent time from a similar event distance may be submitted and approved on a case-by-case basis. All qualifying performances must be as of January 1, 2016 or later. Qualifying performances must be submitted by October 1, 2018 to be considered. If results are not submitted you will be placed in an alternate start corral and will not be eligible for the prize purse.

The Elite Corral will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Assignment to the Elite Corral is not guaranteed. All participants may verify their corral assignments on their Your Race page in your RAM Racing account.

Qualifying Times
5M or 8K30:0035:00

Prize Purse

A cash purse is up for grabs in the Elite Corral. The Top 3 overall Men and Women in the Illinois Elite Corral will receive awards. The awards structure for 2018 is as follows for both the men and the women:

1st Place = $400
2nd Place = $250
3rd Place = $100

*In addition to the overall prize money the top overall male and female finisher that breaks the existing event record will receive an additional $100.

Male Event Record = 14:48 – Dan Kremske, Woodstock, IL – 2016
Female Event Record = 16:53 – Katie McMenamin, Lafayette, CO – 2017

Athletes must be accepted into and start with the Elite Corral in order to be eligible for the prize purse. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Elite Corral and to be eligible for the prize purse you must be a US Citizen and you must have proof of a qualifying finishing time from a previous race. If you would like to apply for the Elite Corral you may do so by registering for the race and selecting the Elite option during registration and then submitting your proof of results.

If you have already registered and would like to be considered for the Illinois Elite Corral please email your proof of qualification along with your confirmation number to elite@ramracing.org.

Acceptable proof of qualification includes:

• A screen shot of your individual race results inserted into the body of your email (the race name and date must appear along with your results)
• An attachment in the form of a finisher’s certificate
• An attached printout from an online race results page (please circle or underline your name and time) and ensure the race name and date appear on the page
• A link to your individual race results. Please ensure your name and results are the ONLY ones appearing on the page

Acceptable Proof of Residency:

The Elite Corral and prize purse is only open to US Citizens. Elite Corral runners will need to provide proof of citizenship at packet pickup and on race day before receiving your bib. Acceptable proof of citizenship includes:

• US Passport
• US Birth Certificate and Photo ID (driver's license, state ID, etc.)
• Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship

Failure to provide adequate proof of citizenship on race day will result in removal from the Elite Corral. You will be reassigned to an alternate start corral and will be ineligible for the prize purse.

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