|New Prize Money in the 2015 Masters Division|
Brazen Racing just recently wrapped up the 2014 Ultra Half Series and two weeks later started in on the 2015 series. In between those two events they announced a new sponsor for 2015, Aerobic Monster Coaching. With their support the prize purse has been increased to $10,500. That is $1000, $500 and $250 for both Male and Female overall winners. It also means a new Masters (40+) division and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in those categories will receive the same $1000, $500 and $250, just like the regular series.
The series is growing in scope as well. In 2014 Brazen took over the management of the quad crushing Double Dipsea Race from the Dolphin South End Runners, the oldest Bay Area running group and one of the oldest running groups in the United States. The Double Dipsea is a perfect fit for the Ultra Half Series as it is a little longer than a half marathon and much more difficult than a regular race. Brazen also added a 2nd run at Mt Diablo called the Trail Adventure Half in November. The Tarantula Run, originally managed by the Contra Costa Water District, is now under Brazen's management and is also a part of the Ultra Half Series.
That brings the total to 16 races in the series but you only have to run 5 of them and the Championship race at Rocky Ridge to be a finisher.
For those who are unfamiliar with this series the scoring is based on your cumulative time back. The series winner will be that runner with the lowest "time back" for their five best races, plus the Rocky Ridge Half Marathon. "Time back" is the amount of time a runner is behind the overall male or female winner. The lower the total amount of time, the higher the runner will rank. The winner of each race will have the lowest "time back" for that race, which is 0.