Nagoya Women’s Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum road race, will be the highest paying marathon in the world.
The Japanese event is set to go down this coming Sunday, March 13, 2022, with a cash prize of $250,000 at stake.
With the announcement, the Nagoya marathon beat Boston Marathon which was the highest paying race with $150,000 for the winner.
Being the world’s largest women’s marathon, one of the world’s top-level races, and the only women’s race with a World Athletics Platinum label, the Nagoya Women’s Marathon made the decision as it aims for greater heights as a global leader in female athletics.
“By holding a higher-level racing among some of the fastest women athletes gathered from across the world, the organizers aim to convey to the global audience the wonders of marathons, particularly the talent and outstanding ability of women athletes,” said the race organizers in a statement.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many road races have been cancelled or postponed and athletes’ competing opportunities have been lost.
“It has been a very difficult time for anyone, but athletes were surely ones who have been struggling and facing unprecedented challenges,” added the organizers.
By announcing the increase in prize money, the organizers hope to encourage athletes worldwide and send another piece of positive news to the world of long-distance races, mass participation events, and women’s sports.
One must, however, be 19 years and above by race day if you are to beat some of the stringent eligibility criteria put in place by the organizers.
For local athletes, one must have set one of the records in marathon (Under 2 hours and 50 minutes), 30km (Under 1 h 55 min 00 sec), half marathon (Under 1 h 15 min 00 sec), 2 km (Under 1 h 11 min 00 sec) and 10km (Under 34 min 00 sec) as a JAAF-registered athlete at a certified competition inside or outside Japan.
The organizers assured that they will make every effort to ensure the safe arrival of all participating athletes to the event even though the admission will be determined by the Japanese government.
“Please be aware that there is a possibility that the Japanese government may impose entry restrictions on foreign-based athletes depending on the future infection status around the world.”