New York Marathon Prizes Women Competitors

It's a rarity in the pay structure of professional sports: the New York City Marathon will award its women's winner $30,000 more prize money than the men's champion.

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Oh, forget about Title IX, show me the money. News this week that the New York City Marathon will award its women's winner $30,000 more prize money than the men's. The Women's Sports Foundation says this is probably the first time in sport that a female winner will be paid more than a male champion in the same competition. `We are breaking ground, not only in the sport of long-distance running, but in all sports,' said Mary Wittenberg, president of the Women's Sports Foundation. One hundred and thirty thousand dollars will be the women's purse in the November marathon, That's a purse a lot of men would like to take home too.

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