Although it's really a half marathon, the Zayed International Marathon in Abu Dhabi (UAE) - set for February 28 - brings a full prize purse and talented field (race site). Both of the current world record holders at the half marathon distance are set to toe the line: Samuel Wanjiru (58:33) and Lorna Kiplagat (1:06:25). And the prize money is nothing short of astounding. Total purse is $ 2 million, with $300,000 going to the first place male and female - plus a cool $200,000 bonus for a new world best time (prize list). Eurosport story on the Zayed (story).
Postscript: (2-29-08) As expected, Wanjiru and Kiplagat take first place in the half. See Khaleej Times piece on the race (story).
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