The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Winners Are getting a Big Payday

The top three athletes in each race in Orlando will win more than many American pro runners make in a year

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In an exciting announcement for athletes participating in the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) recently revealed that the prize money for the event will total an impressive $600,000. 

This marks a significant increase from the prize money awarded in the 2020 Trials and aligns with the payouts from the 2016 Trials. Let’s delve into the details of this enhanced prize purse and what it means for the top performers.


We’ll be on-site at the 2024 US Olympic Marathon Trials to bring you live updates beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, February 3. Find our live updates here on race morning.


The prize money will be distributed among the top 10 male and female finishers in the marathon races. The winner of each race will claim the lion’s share of the prize, taking home $80,000. 

Second and third place will receive $65,000 and $55,000, respectively. 

The payouts continue with $25,000, $20,000, $15,000, $13,000, $11,000, and $9,000 for the fourth through ninth positions. The 10th-place finisher in each race will still secure a respectable $7,000.

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The noteworthy increase in prize money is a welcome change for athletes, particularly when compared to the 2020 Trials in Atlanta, where $480,000 was at stake. 

The current figure matches the payouts from the 2016 Trials in Los Angeles, providing a sense of consistency and a solid financial incentive for participants.

Unlike past Olympic Trials, the official announcement of the prize purse for the 2024 event came relatively late

Historically, USA Track & Field (USATF) has issued press releases well in advance, as seen in the 2016 race announcement more than a year before. 

In contrast, the 2020 Trials‘ prize money details were made public when Atlanta was awarded the event, a substantial 22 months ahead of the race. Despite the delayed announcement this time, the prize money matches what a USOPC spokesperson mentioned in December 2022.

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It’s important to note that the prize money for the Trials is covered by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the event and not by USATF. 

The LOC’s contribution to the prize purse is a crucial aspect of hosting the Trials and is often the most significant expense associated with organizing such a prestigious race.

With preparations for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials progressing smoothly after some earlier uncertainties, the substantial increase in prize money is a positive development for elite athletes. 

Want to find out who takes home the prize money? Tune in to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials this Saturday, February 3, at 10 a.m. ET.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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