2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Will Have $600,000 in Prize Money

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon will be an intriguing affair. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon will have a record $600,000 in prize money at stake—$300,000 for the men and $300,000 for the women.

It promises a nice payday for the top finishers, in addition to the ultimate prize of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. The men’s and women’s winners will get an $80,000 prize along with an Olympic berth. Second place receives $65,000 and third place gets $55,000. In all, the top 10 places pay out, equally for men and women. The top three men and top three women will make the Olympic team provided they have qualifying Olympic standard times.

The 2012 Olympic Trials marathon had a prize purse of $520,000, with winners Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan each earning $74,000.

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“We are very happy to be in a position to ensure record prize money for our top distance runners,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “We are looking forward to a spectacular Olympics Trials in Los Angeles and further elevating the profile of American marathoning, on one of the world’s most visible media stages.”

Prize Money Breakdown

1st — $80,000
2nd — $65,000
3rd — $55,000
4th — $25,000
5th — $20,000
6th — $15,000
7th — $13,000
8th — $11,000
9th — $9,000
10th — $7,000

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