Pro Athletes

Since its inception in 2008, P3R has consistently supported elite athlete development and now awards more than $150,000 to athletes during its year-round calendar of events, including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, Fleet Feet Liberty Mile and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. 

P3R's American Development Program is an initiative designed to increase exposure and racing opportunities for emerging American professional runners. For more information about the program, visit

American Development Pro Mile Standards

America’s fastest milers will compete for a $28,200 prize purse at this year’s Fleet Feet Liberty Mile. To compete for the prize purse and qualify as a seeded runner, a URL must be provided with race results meeting the following requirements:

Seeded Male - 4:01:00 or faster for a mile on the track (or 3:43.7 or faster for 1500m) from 2017 to present day
Seeded Female - 4:45:00 or faster for a mile on the track (or 4:25.4 or faster for 1500m) from 2017 to present day

If you (or an athlete you represent) meet the above criteria and would like to be considered for invitation to the professional field, please email Elite Athlete Program Coordinator Ryan Hogan at Please allow up to five business days for a response.

Prize Purse

The 2019 Fleet Feet Liberty Mile offers $28,200 in guaranteed prize money to runners in the Pro Mile, Unstoppable Mile, Masters Mile and Steel City Road Runners members.

Cash prizes are based on gun time, not chip time, and will be awarded to the top finishers in the men’s and women’s fields for each heat.

1st $5000
2nd $3000
3rd $2000
4th $1000
5th $500

1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $200
4th $100
5th $50

1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $200
4th $100
5th $50

1st $150
2nd $100
3rd $50

Event Records

  • Men's Event Record: 3:59, set by Craig Miller in 2012 and Jordan McNamara in 2015
  • Women's Event Record: 4:32, set by Heather Kampf in 2013

Drug Policy

P3R has a zero-tolerance drug policy. To be eligible for elite entry or the prize purse at any P3R event, an athlete must:

  • Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance*
  • Not have ever served a ban for use of performance-enhancing drugs*+
  • Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receive such suspensions in the previous 4 years (from the current year’s race date)*
  • Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
  • Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA

*A list of athletes who have received a sanction for a doping violation under the athlete’s international federation rules and/or the USOC Anti-Doping Policies can be found here: and 

+ Unless otherwise agreed by the P3R Games Committee