Running's Most Lucrative Road Races, Biggest Earners

The top runners at the 2014 New York City Marathon were chasing one of the biggest prize purses in the history of road racing.

The men's and women's winners received $100,000. Despite being run in the country's financial capital, however, New York City doesn't offer the largest winner's purse among American races, let alone world races.

Just what are the most lucrative races? And who has won the most prize money? The graphics below tell the story.

For an explanation of why the Dubai Marathon has become one of the key stops on the elite circuit, and why so many promising young African runners immediately become marathoners, see below. The January race in the United Arab Emirates pays winners $200,000, the most of any road race in the world. 

In all, the eleven road races with the largest winner's purse are marathons. (All race-purse figures in this article are based on our research of publicly available information.)

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