The Nagoya Women's Marathon (© Organisers)
Organisers of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon have announced they will increase the prize money for the 2022 race, scheduled for 13 March 2022, to US$250,000, making the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race the highest prize paying marathon in the world.
Being the world’s largest women’s marathon, one of the world’s top-level races, and the only women’s race with a World Athletics Platinum Label, the Nagoya Women’s Marathon continues to be a global leader in women’s running.
This year’s edition went ahead on 14 March as a domestic race, and it was won by Japan’s Mizuki Matsuda in 2:21:51. Compatriot Mao Ichiyama won the 2020 edition in a course record of 2:20:29 and she went on to place eighth in the Olympic marathon, making her the top Japanese finisher in Sapporo.
Other past winners of the race include 2000 Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, 2004 Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi and world bronze medallist Helalia Johannes.
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.
Organisers for World Athletics