Prizes are awarded for the top five male and female finishers overall, the top five masters male and female finishers, the top wheelchair finisher and the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 19-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80-and-over.
There are also prizes awarded for the top three finishers in the lawyer, legal assistant, legal secretary, law librarian, administrator, summer associate and law student categories. Participants can also register in teams, and awards are given based on the sum net times of each teammate. The team categories are small law firms (under 50 attorneys), large law firms (50 or more attorneys), government and corporate.
And athletic performance isn't the only competition going on during the race. We already mentioned the Law School Challenge, but anyone can participate in the fundraising efforts by recruiting family, friends or colleagues to donate to the American Heart Association, the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization and the leading source of nongovernmental funding for cardiovascular research. Top fundraisers are also recognized, regardless of their race times.
The race is a chip-timed event, meaning each runner attaches a tag to their person -- usually on the shoelace -- that marks the exact time a runner crosses the start and finish lines, ensuring an accurate and certifiable time.
For people who want to be a part of the event but aren't interested in running or walking, there are lots of volunteer opportunities available. Race organizers are always looking for enthusiastic people to fill a variety of positions, ranging from manning water stops along the route, registering runners before the race, directing runners along the course, and organizing and setting up the post-race festivities.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, and this event not only raises awareness for the prevention of heart disease, but also gives people the opportunity to participate in a fun, heart-healthy activity.