Elite Entries

Special Entries

Elite + Competitive Entries

The First Half accepts applications for entry from elite athletes and competitive athletes. Our objective is to provide national caliber athletes with the opportunity to compete and meet the selection criteria for national teams, and to encourage overall competition. As a local non-profit, RUNVAN® encourages personal improvement, and encourages age category winners to return with guaranteed entry into the sold-out event.

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Entry Criteria

Elite Entries

Application Deadline

: JANUARY 15

If accepted, elites must register by January 21

Qualifications

To qualify as an Elite Athlete, you must have run on a certified course in the past 12 months:

  • Men: sub 1:10 Half Marathon or equivalent – sub 31:40 10KM or sub 2:30 Marathon
  • Women: sub 1:20 for the Half Marathon or equivalent – sub 36:20 10KM or sub 2:50 Marathon

To qualify as a Masters Elite Athlete (40+), you must have run on a certified course in the past 12 months:

  • Male: sub 1:15 Half Marathon or equivalent – sub 34:00 10KM or sub 2:45 Marathon
  • Female: sub 1:25 for the Half Marathon or equivalent – sub 38:00 10KM or sub 3:10 Marathon

Any former overall winner of the First Half, male or female, will also be granted Elite Athlete status.

How to Apply

To request an elite entry, please apply to our Elite Coordinator at lynn@runvan.org, including details of qualifying performances. Please let us know as early as possible if you plan to enter!

Elite Athlete entries are non-transferrable. Please note that all athletes must have their own identification to enter and exit the country. No letters of invitation or authorization will be forwarded. RUNVAN® reserves the right to deny entry.

Competitive Entries

Application Deadline

: JANUARY 15

If accepted, competitive athletes must register by January 19

Qualifications

To qualify as a Competitive Athlete, you must have finished the First Half within the last two years with times as follows:

  • Men: sub 1:20 Half Marathon
  • Women: sub 1:30 Half Marathon
  • Top 3 Age Category Finish in the last two years

How to Apply

Eligible age category runners will be contacted via email in mid-November. To request a competitive entry based on the time standards above, please email: info@runvan.org

Competitive entries are non-transferrable. Regular entry fees apply. RUNVAN® reserves the right to deny entry. Please notify us as early as possible if you plan to enter. Thank you!

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