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

More than $830,000 will go to top finishers.

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:

  • 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

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:

  • Fourth: $2,500
  • Fifth: $1,250
  • Sixth: $900
  • Seventh: $800
  • Eighth: $700
  • Ninth: $600
  • 10th: $500

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.

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