London Marathon 2017: Prize money, registration fees and finishers compared to New York, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and Tokyo

 
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Nearly a quarter of a million people applied to run in this year's London Marathon

If you're trying to worm your way through traffic on Sunday or in the crowds at the Mall to cheer on a relative, it will be hard to picture any other race matching the sheer size and scale of the London Marathon.

Yet the scuttle through the Big Smoke is just one of the world's Marathon Majors alongside Chicago, Boston, Tokyo, New York, Berlin and, this year, the IAAF World Championships in London.

The pavements of each of those world cities take a similar pounding each year as hundreds of thousands of amateur athletes test themselves over 42 km, with elite runners also competing against each other over a year-long scoring system of the races as part of the World Marathon Majors championship.

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This year's London Marathon marks the first event of Series XI which will wrap up at the 2018 Berlin Marathon in September next year.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge is the reigning champion but will not be racing in London this weekend as he is concentrating on his attempt to run a marathon distance in under two hours next month.

Runners are scored based on their best two race finishes and the eventual winner can take home a prize of $250,000 - half of what winners of previous series have earned.

Instead, for the first time, the second and third placed runners will be rewarded with $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

Winners of individual marathons also receive a healthy reward - but the amount differs from race to race. While the distance may stay the same between the six races, they differ on every other measure:

1. Applications - Tokyo

1. Applications to race

  • Tokyo - 322,703 
  • London - 253,930 
  • New York - 98,000 
  • Berlin - 75,000 
  • Boston - 26,171 
  • Chicago - 54,800 

2. Participants - London

2. Participants

  • London - 53,152
  • New York - 50,000
  • Chicago - 41,357
  • Berlin - 46,950
  • Tokyo - 35,378
  • Boston - 27,221

3. Finishers - New York

3. Finishers

  • New York - 51,394
  • London - 39,091
  • Chicago - 39,313
  • Berlin - 35,999
  • Tokyo - 35,824
  • Boston - 26,411

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4. Spectators - Chicago

4. Spectators

  • New York - 1m+
  • Chicago - 1.7m
  • Tokyo - 1.6m
  • Berlin - 1m
  • London - 750,000
  • Boston - 1m

5. Prize money - Boston

5. Prize money

  • Boston - $706,000(purse)/$150,000 (top prize)
  • New York - $534,000(purse)/$100,000 (top prize)
  • Chicago - $753,000 (purse)/$100,000 (top prize)
  • London - $313,000 (purse)/$55,000 (top prize)
  • Berlin - $416,629(purse)/$50,000 (top prize)
  • Tokyo - $400,000 (purse)/$108,000 (top prize)

 

6. Economic impact - New York

6. Economic impact

  • New York - $415m (2015)
  • Chicago - $254m (2015)
  • Boston - $192.2m (2017)
  • London - £110m (2014)
  • Tokyo - n/a
  • Berlin - n/a

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