Although they could not say exactly who will run in the race, the organizers of the Los Angeles Marathon March 9 did say Tuesday what the winners will get.
The marathon will have a total purse of $325,200, race organizers said, and there will be equal prize money for men and women through 10th place. The male and female winners each will receive $10,000 in cash, an automobile, airline tickets and a camera.
Awards will also be given to masters runners, and the race will serve as the national marathon championship for the Corporate Track Assn.
"We want this, first and foremost, to be a people's race," Rod Dixon said. Dixon, a former winner of the New York City Marathon, is the associate vice president of the marathon. "We think the Olympic spirit can be rekindled."
Dixon, one of whose jobs is to obtain elite athletes for the race, said the marathon is being hurt by two things: There is not a big enough budget to pay the several thousand dollar appearance fees that elite athletes demand, and with the heavy scheduling of spring marathons, such as those at Rotterdam, London and Boston, runners are choosing to run in the more established races.
Entered in the men's race is Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist. Entered in the women's division is Nancy Ditz, of Menlo Park, who in 1985 had the second-fastest marathon time by an American woman.