By James Bakama
STEPHEN Kiprotich is one race away from his biggest payday. Kiprotich who will be competing at the New York marathon on November 3 will not only be eyeing the $130,000 (sh338m) winners’ prize, but also a bigger reward on offer for the best runner in the 2012-13 season.
Should the Olympic and World Championship gold medallist be among the top finishers in New in York City, he could win the $500,000 (sh1.3b) World Marathon Majors cash prize.
The World Marathon Majors (WMM) is a championship style competition for marathon runners where points are awarded over two years.
Kiprotich, who has so far collected 50 points for his two gold medals, is currently second on the leader board.
London marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede tops the 24-man list with 65 points.
The WMM comprises of six annual marathons for the cities of Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City, a biennial race, the IAAF World Championships Marathon, and a quadrennial race, the Olympic Games Marathon.
Each WMM series spans two calendar years; the second year of a series overlaps with the first year of the next.
Athletes who compete in the marathons receive points for finishing in any of the top five places (1st 25; 2nd 15; 3rd 10; 4th 5 and 5th 1).
Their four highest ranks over the two-year period will be counted; if an athlete scores points in more than this number, the athlete’s four best races will be scored. To be eligible for the jackpot, an athlete must compete in at least one qualifying race in each calendar year of the series.
For the first three series, if there were equal top scores at the end of the competition tiebreakers were head-to-head competition and, if necessary, a majority vote of the five WMM race directors. This happened in the 2007-08 women’s competition.
At the end of each WMM series, the leading man and woman each win $500,000, making a total prize of $1m.