The organizers of the 42nd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon that will be held on Sunday 13, March 2022 have announced an increase in the prize money for the coming edition.
The organizer have increased the purse to over Kshs 25,000,000 (US$250,000) making it the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race the highest prize paying marathon in the world
Nagoya Marathon is a Platinum Label race and is the world’s largest women’s marathon and the only women’s race with the global image in women’s running. This year’s edition was held on 14th March and was won by Mizuki Matsuda from Japan who clocked 2:21.51. The race course record of 2:20.29 is held by Mao Ichiyama who is also from Japan.
Other past winners of the race include, Kenyan born now Bahrain Eunice Kirwa who holds the record of winning the race three times concurrently (2015,2016,2017), 2000 Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, 2004 Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi and world bronze medallist Helalia Johannes who was the 2019 winner. Nagoya’s increase in prize money is welcome news to the world of road running. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many road races have been forced to be cancelled or postponed and athletes’ competing opportunities have been lost. But thanks to the dedication of organising committees and medical professionals around the world, large-scale road races are slowly returning to the international calendar.