He didn’t go home empty-handed, however.
Nicholas Manza of Kenya coasted into the finish line of Sunday’s Gold Coast Marathon with a big smile on his face. He had thought that his winning time (2:10:01), a new race record, would net him a $25,000 bonus. He had easily broken the 22-year-old record, which was held by Brad Camp by 10 seconds.
However, the bonus was tied not to a course record, but to running under a set time, 2:10:00 in this case.
Race organizers still made sure Manza didn’t got home empty-handed, however. They quickly agreed to give him a $10,000 bonus for breaking the course record.
Despite coming up $15,000 shy of his expectations, Manza remained upbeat.
“I thought I was getting the bonus because I would easily break the course record,” he said. “I was sure I would get the bonus money, but unfortunately I was told it was only [for times] under 2:10. It’s OK because I was just trying for my best. In the competition, you have to get [a] winner and [a] loser, so to me it’s OK.”
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