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:
- Fourth: $25,000
- Fifth: $15,000
- Sixth: $12,000
- Seventh: $9,000
- Eighth: $7,400
- Ninth: $5,700
- 10th: $4,200
- 11th: $2,600
- 12th: $2,100
- 13th: $1,800
- 14th: $1,700
- 15th: $1,500
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:
- Fourth: $4,500
- Fifth: $2,500
- Sixth: $2,000
- Seventh: $1,500
- Eighth: $1,250
- Ninth: $1,000
- 10th: $750
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.Abbi Matheson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @AbbiMatheson.