What Does the Winner of the Boston Marathon Receive?

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The winner of the Boston Marathon receives a wreath of olive branches, a trophy and a cash prize, though the exact details of the monetary award may depend on factors such as race division (overall, masters and wheelchair) and year. The largest prize amounts, and the most prizes, are given out in the general/open division, which includes all runners ages 18-40. The Boston Marathon first started awarding cash prizes to winners in 1986.

In 2014, more than $800,000 was awarded to winners and placers in all three divisions, with $150,000 awarded to both the top-finishing man and woman in the general division. The 15th-place finishers, both male and female, won $1,500.

In the masters division, which is for all runners over age 40, the top five male and female finishers are awarded prizes. In 2014, these ranged from $10,000 for first place to $1,000 for fifth place.

The push rim wheelchair division also awards prizes to top male and female finishers. In 2014, this ranged from $15,000 for first place to $500 for 10th place.