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US$280,000 at stake in Punta Umbria - World Cross Country Champs

A sum of US$280,000 in prize money will be paid by the IAAF for the two senior races at the 39th edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Punta Umbria, Spain which will be held on Sunday 20 March 2011.**
A US$30,000 prize is available for each individual winner of the men’s and women’s senior races with money filtering down to 6th position where the reward is US$3000 per athlete. In total US$140,000 is on offer as individual prizes.
In terms of the team contest in both senior events, there is another prize pool of US$140,000. This is distributed with US$20,000 going to the first team home in each race, descending to 6th place where the pay out by the IAAF is US$4000.
Prize Money in US$ – senior men’s and women’s races only
1st – 30,000
2nd – 15,000
3rd – 10,000
4th – 7000
5th – 5000
6th – 3000
1st – 20,000
2nd – 16,000
3rd – 12,000
4th – 10,000
5th – 8000
6th – 4000
How many can run, how many can score?

?In all races IAAF Member Federations may enter a maximum of eight athletes; no more than six shall be allowed to start in each race with four to score.
The team results are decided by the aggregate of places recorded by the scoring athletes of each team. The team with the lowest aggregate of points will be judged the winner. If a team fails to finish with a complete scoring team, the runners finishing shall be counted as individuals in the race result and be eligible for the individual awards (senior races only). In assessing the aggregate, no adjustment to the scoring of the finishing teams shall be made in respect of any non-scoring team runners or of individual entries. In the event of a tie, it shall be resolved in favour of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer to first place.

** There is no prize money paid for the two junior races. The payment of prize money in the senior races is dependent upon the athletes clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.

NOTE - Comprehensive race previews covering the senior and junior races will be published on the IAAF Website later this week.