The B.A.A. will ensure five additional women (all of whom started in Wave One) receive a financial award for their net-time performance this year.
The participants, volunteers, spectators, and public officials at the 2018 Boston Marathon turned in extraordinary performances amid exceptional weather conditions. We are especially proud of five women in Wave One of the Boston Marathon who finished with net-times (meaning Start timing mat to Finish timing mat) that placed them in the top 15 of the overall results, and in the top five of the Masters Division results. Historically, and per published race rules, these top positions that are awarded prize money have almost always been held by women who race from the Elite Women’s Start (EWS).
Given the nature of this year’s race, we want to recognize and celebrate some of the performances that made this year’s race special. The B.A.A. will ensure that these five additional women (all of whom started in Wave One) receive a financial award for their net-time performance this year. These awards will be made in addition to the existing prize money that will be paid to EWS competitors, and equal with the amounts paid to corresponding EWS placements.
As we do every year, the B.A.A. will convene in the weeks ahead and consider all facets of the race (including the Elite Women’s race) and any alterations that should be made. We remain committed to having a separate women’s race to continue to highlight these athletes and remain willing to address individual athlete’s requests for inclusion in that group.
Congratulations again to all of this year’s finishers!