When you win a marathon, of course you get money. You get some fame, you get shoe deals (if the race is big), some other endorsement contracts, etc. That is most big marathons.
A Benefit of Winning a Marathon
The winner of the Boston Marathon gets quite a bit as well – $150,000 to the winner! Not a bad pay day! In addition to the prize money, there is also the appearance fee that the winner can command at future marathons. Race directors do not publish what they pay, but it can be in excess of $60,000 just to show up to run the race!
When you are the first American male winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983, I am sure you get some other benefits as well. Benefits like receiving the Key to the city of San Diego after winning. There were some other things as well, some large, some small.
But, then you get invited to a state dinner at the White House – that has to be a pretty good benefit of winning! Read the story here at Runner’s World. He didn’t just get to have dinner there, he was seated at the president’s table! To see more pictures, check out Meb’s Facebook page.