I really don’t post results of International Marathons in this blog except for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games’ Marathon Results which serve as my personal references. As I read the latest news about the results of the 2008 ING New York City Marathon this morning in the race’s website, I found out that the “old & usual” winners won in the said race who did not even perform well in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and other past Olympic Games, as well.
So, I made some research in the Internet on the Prize Money of the so-called, “World Marathon Majors” which include Boston, Flora London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City Marathons. And these are now their prevailing cash prizes for each of the Men & Women Overall Category Champions:
Berlin Marathon—50,000 Euros ($79,000)
New York Marathon—$130,000 + Toyota Prius (worth $23,000+)
Some of these Marathon Races also offer an additional cash prize for Time Bonuses (breaking the course record) in the amount of $75,000.
In the Berlin Marathon, an additional cash prize of 80,000 Euros ($126,000) was given to Haile Gebrselassie for breaking the Marathon’s World Record.
The highest purse money for the winners in a marathon race is presently offered by the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon with a cash prize of $250,000 each for the men’s & women’s overall category.
To top it all, the top elite runners (men & women) who will win all the 5 marathon races or will get the highest points in the “World Marathon Majors” in a year will also get $500,000 each as cash prize.
So, tell me what motivates the elite athlete to join such prestigious marathon races—is it for the glory of his/her country or is it for the money?