It could be a male, or it could be a female. That’s right, $8000, to the first ‘person’.
This is all made possible thanks to the unique ‘battle of the sexes’. The unique concept was born in 2016 and sees the elite women’s field get a head start over the men, by the distance between the course records, which leading into the 2023 edition is 3minutes 53seconds.
The 14th edition of Tasmania’s most iconic running event will see more than 3000 participants take on Tasmania’s busiest piece of infrastructure, the Tasman Bridge, on Sunday March 5.
As a bucket list fun run, the event attracts thousands toHobart each year, with a run or walk event to suit all ages and running capabilities.
As the richest 10km road race, it also attracts some of Australia’s most elite athletes, with past winners including Jack Rayner, Genevieve Gregson, Brett Robinson and Lisa Weightman.
In 2023, Run The Bridge has almost tripled the prize pool.Regardless of gender, the following prizemoney is in place for the Spectran Group 10km Run:
- 1st: $8000
- 2nd: $4000
- 3rd: $2000
- 4th: $1000
- 5th: $800
- 6th: $400
- 7th: $200
- 8th: $100
- 9th: $100
- 10th: $100
“To the best of our knowledge, this is a world first.
“In what sport can a female potentially earn twice as much as a male, for doing the same event? I’m happy to be corrected, but I don’t think such a scenario has ever happened before. Of course a male might win, but the women have won the battle of the sexes twice before,” Race Director Richard Welsh said.
“It’s one of my highlights of the year, the first 2-3minutes of finishers, as elite men and women have their own sprint finishes up Castray Esplanade. It doesn’t happen anywhere else,” Welsh added.
With Australia hosting the World Athletics Cross CountryChampionships in Bathurst on February 18, many of the worlds best athletes are already in Australia and are a chance of lining up on the streets of Hobart onMarch 5.
Entries are still open. Find out more information on the website.