NY MARATHON

What is the prize money for the New York marathon?

With the 2021 NY marathon to be held this Sunday, many people have just one thing in mind, conquering the prize money. Learn if you are eligible for the award.

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What is the prize money for the New York marathon?
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This year’s NYC marathon prize money adds up to a total of $777,500 to be shared equally between men and women among the Open division, USA division, NYRR member division, Masters Division and Professional Wheelchair.

“New York Road Runners is committed to supporting professional, elite, and local elite athletes by offering prize money at select races,” the organizers said on their website.

However, taking the prize home is not so easy, as rules require athletes to meet certain requirements in order to receive the money.

Below is the prize money and how to be eligible for each division:

Open Division

The Open is the main division of the traditional Eastern marathon and therefore, is the one with more participants.

A total of $534,000 is to be shared equally between both men and women categories. This means each category is rewarded with $267,000 shared according to the first 10 finish spots, based on gun time.

Men and Women Categories

Final Place (gun time) Prize Money
1st $100,00
2nd $60,000
3rd $40,000
4th $25,000
5th $15,000
6th $10,000
7th $7,5000
8th $5,000
9th $2,500
10th $2,000

Elegibility

  • Athletes competing in the Professional or Invited Athlete start 

USA División

In contrast with the Open, the USA division just awards prize money to the final five places based on gun time. $116,000 will be shared between categories.

First-place winners will earn $25,000, followed by second spots with $15,000. Moreover, money will cascade from finish places 3-5 with $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 being awarded respectively.

Elegibility

  • US citicenship
  • Not eligible to represent another national federation in any other international competition
  • Athletes competing in the Professional or Invited Athlete start

NYRR Member Division

$38,000 will be shared equally Among men and women categories.

Men and Women Categories

Place Open Masters Team
1st $5,000 $500 $1,500
2nd $4,000 $250 $1,000
3rd $3,000 $150 $500
4th $2,000 $100 not awarded
5th $1,000 not awarded not awarded

Elegibility

  • Participants must been a NYRR member for at least since July 1, 2021
  • Have completed three fully-scored NYRR races between November 4, 2019 and October 10, 2021

Masters Division

$12,000 will be shared equally between categories with just the first three spots to be awarded. The first participant to cross the line will get $3,000, runner-up will take home $2,000 and the third spot will earn $1,000. All of the prizes are cumulative with the Open Division

Elegibility

  • Athletes aged 40 or older can compete in the Masters Division
  • Only competitors who start in the Professional or Invited Athlete start or the “time trial” start

Professional Wheelchair

Men and Women Categories

Final Place Prize Money
1st $25,000
2nd $20,000
3rd $15,000
4th $10,000
5th $5,000
6th $2,500

Time Bonuses

As this is the 50th anniversary of the NYC marathon, the organizers have announced a special $50,000 bonus to the competitor who breaks the existing record, note that tying the record will not get you to win the money.

Existing records:

Men Open Division: 2:05:06, Geoffrey Mutai, 2011

Women Open Division: 2:22:31, Margaret Okayo, 2003