How much prize money do you get for winning the 2019 Boston Marathon?

Desiree Linden, female winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon, crossed the finish line.
Desiree Linden, female winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon, crossed the finish line.(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Elite Boston Marathon runners take home more than just the glory of the race — the fastest man and woman each take home a six-figure check as well.

John Hancock Financial Services, the main sponsor of the marathon, is giving away over $860,000 in prize money this year to the top finishers of the overall race, masters, and push-rim wheelchair divisions.

The fastest man and woman each walk away with $150,000. Second place for each category takes home $75,000, and third place receives $40,000.

Here are the prizes the rest of the top 15 runners take home:


The top men and women runners in the masters division — those who are 40 and older — will take home $10,000 each. Second place receives $5,000, third receives $2,500, fourth receives $1,500, and fifth receives $1,000.

Prizes in the push-rim wheelchair division went up since the 2018 race. The fastest man and woman in that division will now take home $25,000, up $5,000 from last year. Second receives $15,000, also $5,000 more than the winner in last year’s race, and third place receives $7,500, $2,500 more than in 2018.

Here’s what the rest of the top 10 racers take home:

And if you happen to be a racer who breaks a world or Boston Marathon record? There’s a prize for that, too.

If a man can beat the world record of 2:01:39, 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.


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