Which U.S. marathon provides the most prize money to the winner?
The Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon in the world and attracts top international athletes with record-breaking prize money. The total prize purse is a whopping $850,000, which has been sponsored by John Hancock Financial since 1986. There is a bonus prize of $50,000 for breaking the world best time, and $25,000 for breaking the course record. The most rewarded Boston runner of all time was four times champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, a Kenyan runner who has earned a total of $469,000 from his victories in Boston.
- New York
The correct answer is Boston
The Boston Marathon is unique in that it is a qualifying race, which means that runners must meet certain time standards in order to be eligible to compete. This requirement ensures that the field of runners is highly competitive and that only the best athletes are able to participate.