The Phidippides Award is given a lot like stars are given to a Marathon Maniac. The award is given to members of USATF who earn points for every USATF certified race completed over the calendar year. The longer the race the more points you earn. The more points you earn, the higher level award you earn.
There are 3 levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold). With all the races I have run this year, I qualified for the Gold level by June! It's nice that USATF honors us old folks no matter how slow we go! Hee Hee!