OUC Orlando Half Marathon Increases Prize Purse Continuing the Legacy of February’s US Marathon Trials

Orlando, FL - Track Shack Events announces a $24,000 prize purse for the OUC Orlando Half Marathon on Saturday, December 7 at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando as part of an athlete development program for U.S. runners.

Continuing the ‘history-making’ legacy of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon held in Orlando in February, Track Shack Events, the race organizer, is committed to keeping the momentum going while developing and inspiring the next generation of American runners who have their sights set on the LA Games 2028.

“February’s Marathon Trials energized our sport. The local community wholeheartedly embraced the athletes as they ran through downtown Orlando passionately pursuing their dream of making Team USA.” says Jon Hughes, co-owner of Track Shack Events. “Creating opportunities for the athletes to compete at their highest level helps them achieve their future personal and team goals.” 

The OUC Orlando Half Marathon athlete development program invites a limited number of athletes who are provided a priority starting corral. With an eligible qualifying time, athletes may receive a complimentary race entry or a complimentary race entry + two-night hotel accommodations (for those meeting the high-performance standards.)

Staying true to Florida roots, additional prize money will be offered to Florida-based athletes. 

The OUC Orlando Half Marathon offers the largest prize purse for a half marathon distance in Florida.

OUC Orlando Half Marathon Media Inquiries:  Natalie@TrackShack.com

About the OUC Orlando Half Marathon

Forty-eight years running, the OUC Orlando Half Marathon has been one of the top half marathons in the southeast.  The OUC Orlando Half Marathon received Silver certification by the Council for Responsible Sport in 2022.  It’s the first event in Florida to earn any level certification by CRS, the world’s leading sustainability certification program dedicated to supporting, certifying, and celebrating responsible sports events and organizations. OrlandoHalfMarathon.com 

About the Track Shack Family of Companies

Track Shack of Orlando opened for business in 1977 as a small retail operation focused on selling running shoes and apparel. Owners Jon and Betsy Hughes were awarded Florida’s Retailer of the Year 2015 by the Florida Retail Federation. Jon and Betsy also own Track Shack Events, a sports marketing company that specializes in marketing, management, and production of active lifestyle events. The award-winning professional staff has earned Track Shack Events a reputation as one of America’s top sports marketing companies.  Track Shack Events co-produced the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon in Orlando.  The mission of Track Shack Events is that each event produced will benefit the entire community – runners and walkers, sponsors, and charities. Run to TrackShack.com.

About OUC—The Reliable One (OUC)

For more than a century, OUC—The Reliable One has provided exceptional value to its customers and community through the delivery of sustainable and reliable services and solutions. The utility provides electric, water, chilled water, lighting and solar services to more than 400,000 accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. As OUC prepares for the next century, it remains committed to its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 while supporting its community with conservation, sustainability and energy efficiency resources. Visit www.ouc.com to learn more.

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