Entry Standards for Elite Races
  Men Women
800m 1:51.50 2:10.00
1500m  3:50.00

1 Mile 4:08.50


1 Mile 4:50.00

1 Mile 4:08.50

1500m 3:50.00


3000m S/C 9:05.00 10:20.00
5000m 14:40.00

3200m 9:00.00
2 miles   9:02.50


3200m 10:33.00
2 miles 10:36.00

  HS Boys HS Girls
800m 1:56.00 2:18.00
1 mile 4:24.00 5:12.00

Seed times must be actual performances (not fitness estimates) and must be verifiable marks achieved between January 1, 2017 and the registration deadline (June 4, 2017). Performances may be from Indoor or Outdoor meets. For the purposes of 5000m seeding, USATF-certified road races may also be considered. 2016 performances will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

High school athletes may enter the Elite Invitational Men’s and Women’s 5000m races providing they recorded the requisite 3200m/2 miles times listed above.

Seeding for Races

600m races: 7 runners max. No rabbit. INVITATION ONLY (U.S Record attempt)

800m races: Top 8 + rabbit in fastest heat. Run in lanes. Slowest seed in lane 8 sharing lane with rabbit Lane assignments: Fastest seed to slowest seeds – 4, 5, 3, 6, 2, 7, 1, 8

1000m races: 9 runners max. INVITATION ONLY (U.S Record attempt)

1500/Mile races: Top 12 + rabbit in fastest heat

3000m Steeplechase: Maximum of 16 runners. If more than 24 runners are confirmed, top 12 seeds will run in fastest heat; all others in slower heat.

5000m: Maximum of 24 runners


Registration is via runsignup.com
NOTE: All runners must sign up for the meet online. No exceptions.

Entry fees are as follows:

  • $32.00 per event for high school runners and adults.
  • $20.00 for Middle School runners.
  • $12.00 for Elementary School runners.
  • $7.00 for the Kids Superhero 200 Dash and 400m Steeplechase.
  • $100.00 for Corporate 4 x 800m Relay teams.
Prize Money

There is over $17,000 of prize money up for grabs for elite runners. The distribution is below.

Event 1st 2nd 3rd MR MR Bonus TN Soil Rec TSR Bonus
Women’s 800m $750 $250 $150 1:59.78 $250
Men’s 800m $750 $250 $150 1:47.10 $250 1:44.86 $250
Women’s 1500m (Featured Event) $1500 $750 $250 4:11.37 $250 4:03.37 $250
Men’s 1500m (Featured Event) $1500 $750 $250 3:34.92 $250
Men’s 1 mile  $750 $250 $150 3:55.76 $250
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase $750 $250 $150 9:34.76 $250
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase $750 $250 $150 8:26.08 $250 8:21.48 $250
Women’s 5000m $750 $250 $150 15:42.30 $250 15:22.76 $250
Men’s 5000m $750 $250 $150 13:48.31 $250 13:20.39 $250

Note: Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 times recorded in an event; not the top 3 in the ‘fastest’ heat; i.e. an athlete may win (or win prize money) out of a slower heat in the case if the 800m, for example.


If you are an athlete (or the coach of an athlete) please email the meet director. Unless otherwise negotiated in advance of the meet, rabbits will be paid $150, or $40 per lap, whichever is the higher amount.

Travel & Accommodation Assistance

For anyone seeking travel and accommodation assistance, there is a form for you to complete and submit your request. A strict budget has been set aside for this. It will be dispensed on a first come first serve basis to those who sign a meet contract and email a confirmed travel itinerary.

Appearance Money

Appearance money will be paid on a very limited basis. Unless you are a 2016 Olympian or a current U.S Champion, it is unlikely you will receive any appearance fee. This is not the Diamond League.

NOTE: With regard to both travel and accommodation assistance and appearance money, a meet contract will be drafted and emailed, and must be signed by the athlete and/or agent.

Doping Control

If you have ever been convicted of a doping violation, no matter how long ago, you are not welcome at this meet. Not this year, not any year. There will be a USADA agent at the meet, and anyone competing should expect to be subject to a random in-competition test.

National Records

If you set a U.S Record you will automatically be subjected to a test. USADA will pay for this.

If you are a foreigner and set a National Record, it is strongly advised you get a test immediately after the race. Furthermore, you should advise the meet director that you are going for a National Record and in which event, and also email the meet director any record paperwork that your national federation might require.

All relevant forms for U.S and World Records (Open and Masters) will be available at the meet so that records may be ratified in a timely manner.


Currently trying to negotiate a deal with an Official Meet hotel, but it is the week of CMA Fest and hotels don’t really need to cooperate. However, 25 rooms have been reserved at the Scarritt-Bennett Center on Vanderbilt’s campus.

Elite Athlete Hosting Program

We operate an Elite Athlete Hosting Program wherein we match out of town athletes in need of accommodation with local runners who have offered to host MCDC competitors.

Alternatively, to check out the special rates available for dorm-style accommodation at the Scarritt-Bennett Center on Vanderbilt’s campus

Media Coverage

As in 2015 and 2016, the meet will be broadcast live on Flotrack. You will need a Flotrack Pro account to watch. Go to www.flotrack.org for more information.