2012 Elite Invitational Results
This race is by special invitation only for qualified elite/invited athletes. For consideration, please contact Elite Athlete Coordinator Mark Winitz.
In just six short years, the Elite Invitational 5K (formerly sponsored by Seagate and Synaptics) has become one of the two or three fastest, and most competitive, 5K road races in the world. In 2008, twelve men broke 14:00 minutes, by far the most of any 5K in the world. In 2010, the Association of Road Race Statisticians ranked the elite men’s race as the third most competitive 5K in the world, and the fourth most competitive in 2011.
Our pancake-flat and fast four-loop course, deep competition, and athlete-friendly amenities have attracted some of the planet’s most talented distance runners. Numerous Olympians have competed here. They include U.S. marathon standouts Ryan Hall and Blake Russell, middle distance stars Shannon Rowbury and Alan Webb, and talented young U.S. standouts such as Scott Bauhs and Galen Rupp. In addition, numerous international elites—World Championship medalists, national champions, and national team members—have toed the starting line.
Elite 5K Champions
- Stephen Sambu 13:28
- Kim Conley 15:40
- David McNeil Australia 13:33 (course record)
- Jackie Areson USA 16:02
- Alan Webb USA 13:36
- Beverly Ramos Puerto Rico 16:19
- Julius Kogo Kenya 13:39
- Sally Kipyego Kenya 15:41 (course record)
- Scott Bauhs USA 13:37
- Rose Kosgei Kenya 16:00
- Ridouane Harroufi Morocco 13:37
- Rose Kosgei Kenya 15:53
- Juan Luis Barrios Mexico 13:48
- Malindi Elmore Canada 15:57
- Blake Boldon USA 14:16
- Blake Russell USA 16:02
Elite men and women have their own separate races. The elite women’s section runs first, followed by elite men. Both elite races take place concurrently with the respective Pacific Association USA Track & Field 5K Championship women’s and men’s races, giving PA/USATF athletes an opportunity to run with world-class competition. General participants in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot are invited to watch these talented and inspirational athletes compete as part of their post-race activities.
The USATF-certified, spectator-friendly 5K course consists of a flat 1,200-meter loop which is negotiated four times, plus an additional 200 meter straightaway at the start. The course provides spectators with multiple opportunities to view elite athletes during the race.
In addition to elite race prize funds, overall winners receive a commemorative trophy, and a first place medal, Additionally, the second place and third place men and women, plus first master (age 40 and over) athlete receive medals.
Restaurant sponsor for the Elite Invitational Runners’ Dinner -
Fueling the Turkey Trot Professional Runners
Prize Purse Details
Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 22, 2012 (Thanksgiving)
Total Purse: $25,000 ($15,000 + $10,000 U.S. Record Bonuses)
Elite Men’s and Women’s 5K Races ($12,100)
- 1st Place Male & Female Overall: $2,500
- 2nd Place Male & Female Overall: $1,500
- 3rd Place Male & Female Overall: $850
- 4th Place Male & Female Overall: $500
- 5th Place Male & Female Overall: $250
- 6th Place Male & Female Overall: $100
- 1st Place Master Male & Female: $350
(40 years of age and older)
Pacific Association/USATF – Open Men’s and Women’s Championships
- 1st Place PA/USATF Male & Female: $500
- 2nd Place PA/USATF Male & Female: $350
- 3rd Place PA/USATF Male & Female: $250
- 4th Place PA/USATF Male & Female: $200
- 5th Place PA/USATF Male & Female: $100
- 6th Place PA/USATF Male & Female $50
* Double dipping is allowed for PA/USATF athletes between the Elite Men’s/Women’s 5K and PA/USATF prize purses. PA/USATF prize money is awarded to PA/USATF members only.
U.S. 5K Record Bonuses($10,000)
$5,000 for the first U.S. male and/or female setting a U.S. 5K open road record. These records (as of 7/23/2012) are:
Men: 13:24 Marc Davis (CO) Carlsbad 5000, CA (1996)
Women: 14:54 Deena Drossin (CA) Carlsbad 5000, CA (2002)
New U.S. records must be ratified by USA Track & Field before record bonus prize money is awarded.
Elite/Invited Athlete Qualification Standards and Amenities
Seeded starting line position in separate elite 5K races for men and for women
Hotel Accommodations in first class hotels
Limited Airfare (U.S. domestic travel on Southwest Airlines or American Airlines) for selected athletes
Travel Stipends for selected athletes unable to fly on these airlines
CONSIDERATION – INVITED ATHLETE STATUS
Sub-14:30 men/ Sub-16:30 women (or equivalent) in last 18 months suggested for consideration.
Slower times (Sub-14:45 men/Sub-17:45 women) may be considered for sub-elite status (comp entry only).
As soon as possible, please e-mail a complete running vita/resume AND cover letter containing the following information to the Elite Athlete Coordinator Mark Winitz :
- Name, age, citizenship, current residence
- U.S. visa status and visa type, if applicable
- All-time PRs
- Best races in last 18 months (race name, location, date, finishing place and time) – roads and/or track (please specify)
- Best races all time (with above details)
- Contact information