For elite Boston Marathoners, there’s more at stake than just the glory of the race. As the main sponsor of the marathon, John Hancock Financial Services gives away over $830,000 to the top finishers in the overall, masters, and push-rim wheelchair divisions.
The fastest overall man and woman each win $150,000. Second place for each category gets $75,000, and third takes home $40,000. The rest of the top 15 win prize money as follows:
For the masters division (runners 40 and older), the first place man and woman each get $10,000. Each category receives $5,000 for second place, $2,500 for third, $1,500 for fourth, and $1,000 for fifth.
And in the push-rim wheelchair division, the quickest man and woman each win $20,000. Second and third place finishers get $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. The remaining top 10 racers earn as follows:
There are bonus awards available for runners who break world or Boston Marathon records. If a man can beat the world record of 2:02:57, he’ll get an extra $50,000. He has an extra 5 seconds to beat the Boston record of 2:03:02—that would net him $25,000. For women, the world and Boston records are 2:15:25 and 2:19:59, respectively, with the same prizes awarded.
Men and women masters runners who break the world record in their division win an extra $10,000, and busting the Boston record nets them $7,500. The push-rim wheelchair bonus prizes match those figures.