TRS Triathlon Money List: Q2 2015

Triathlete prize winnings continue to be a hot topic. Savvy fans are using the information to guide their fantasy triathlon picks. Here’s a look at the earning of ITU racers at the halfway point of their season, as well as the quarterly and season-to-date earnings of long course pros.

ITU Athletes

The World Triathlon Series events are the primary races for Olympic distance draft-legal triathlon. From March to September, ten races across the world pay a prize purse of $150,000 per race ($18,000 to each male and female winner, down to $1000 for 20th place). The ITU also holds ten World Cup races, best described as, “some additional Olympic distance races that pay less” ($60,000 per race, $7500 for each winner, $150 for 15th place).

March to June saw 6 WTS and 4 World Cup races, totaling $1.1 million in prize purses. This amounts to about a third of total prize opportunities for the year. Unlike the Kona Points Rankings, which are only good for qualifying for Kona (ie: there’s no reward for having more points beyond the minimum cutoff), the ITU awards a significant bonus prize based on end-of-year points. With a total bonus pool of $755,000, each male/female season winner will earn an extra $80,000. Bonuses extend down to 35th place ($1800).

Familiar names topped the men’s earning list—Gomez, A. Brownlee, Mola, and J. Brownlee. Gwen Jorgensen and Katie Zaferes dominated the women’s side, leaving relativelyscant earnings for the rest of the field. For those looking to project annual earnings for ITU athletes, most will likely double to triple their earnings by the end of the season.

March to June 2015 ITU Prize Winnings

Women Men
1 $90,000 Gwen Jorgensen $54,100 Javier Gomez
2 $56,000 Katie Zaferes $48,000 Alistair Brownlee
3 $26,400 Sarah True $43,100 Mario Mola
4 $25,800 Andrea Hewitt $40,900 Jonathan Brownlee
5 $22,900 Vicky Holland $32,500 Fernando Alarza
6 $22,025 Renee Tomlin $31,300 Richard Murray
7 $17,600 Ashleigh Gentle $28,000 Vincent Luis
8 $14,600 Aileen Reid $16,025 Pierre Le Corre
9 $13,700 Barbara Riveros $16,000 Ryan Bailie
10 $13,500 Emma Moffat $12,800 Vicente Hernandez
11 $13,200 Ainhoa Murua $12,775 Crisanto Grajales
12 $13,100 Lisa Perterer $11,200 Sven Riederer
13 $12,900 Vendula Frintova $9,900 Jacob Birtwhistle
14 $11,425 Kirsten Kasper $9,800 Henri Schoeman
15 $9,800 Flora Duffy $9,550 Kevin McDowell
16 $8,500 Tamara Gomez Garrido $9,300 Tony Dodds
17 $8,100 Valentina Carvallo $9,100 Alexander Bryukhankov
18 $8,000 Flora Duffy $9,025 Irving Perez
19 $8,000 Nicola Spiriq $7,500 David Haus
20 $7,900 Lindsey Jerdonek $7,500 Ryan Fisher

Long Course Athletes

The 2nd quarter (April-June ) saw $1.9 million in prize money awarded to long course athletes (half and full iron distance). The vast majority (85%) came from WTC races, with most of the rest from Challenge (Wildflower’s $40,000 purse is also tallied).

The athletes with the biggest quarters either won a regional championship, or strung together a series of podiums.

October 2014 to June 2015 Prize Winnings

Women Men
1 $149,500 Helle Frederiksen $148,500 Michael Raelert
2 $142,000 Daniela Ryf $126,400 Sebastian Kienle
3 $123,750 Mirinda Carfrae $92,000 Tim Reed
4 $105,000 Jodie Swallow $85,250 Terenzo Bozzone
5 $103,000 Rachel Joyce $83,750 Andy Potts
6 $85,700 Meredith Kessler $71,400 Tim Don
7 $63,500 Heather Wurtele $68,250 Ben Hoffman
8 $58,000 Mel Hauschildt $67,170 Andreas Dreitz
9 $53,750 Liz Blatchford $58,000 Jan Frodeno
10 $51,500 Gina Crawford $44,750 Frederik Van Lierde
11 $48,000 Annabel Luzford $44,000 Marino Van Hoenacker
12 $47,000 Angela Naeth $40,030 Jeff Symonds
13 $44,500 Caroline Steffen $36,500 Cameron Brown
14 $42,750 HeatherJackson $36,000 Brent McMahon
15 $34,000 Elizabeth Lyles $33,660 Tim Van Berke!
16 $31,500 Yvonne Van Vlerken $33,500 Lionel Sanders
17 $30,250 Haley Chura $30,000 Matt Hanson
18 $30,000 Mane Silveira $27,600 Matt Chrabot
19 $27,500 Eva Wutti $27,500 Tim O’Donnell
20 $27,250 Amanda Stevens $27,500 Callum Millward
21 $27,000 Alicia Kaye $26,670 Dylan McNeice
22 $25,250 Sarah Piampiano $26,550 Eneko Llanos
23 $25,000 Magali Tisseyre $26,420 Luke McKenzie
24 $24,920 Susie Cheetham $24,600 Cyril Viennot
25 $24,500 Julia Gajer $24,500 Richie Cunningham
26 $24,250 Camilla Pedersen $23,700 Nils Frommhold
27 $24,000 Lauren Goss $22,750 Michael Weiss
28 $23,500 Lisa Hutthaler $20,500 Ivana Rana
29 $23,000 Lucy Gossage $20,050 Leon Griffin
30 $21,500 Michelle Bremer $20,000 Matt Trautman
31 $20,500 Leanda Cave $19,630 Sam Appleton
32 $20,300 Anja Beranek $18,750 Romain Guillaume
33 $18,750 Caitlin Snow $18,750 Josh Amberger
34 $17,370 Mary Beth Ellis $17,500 Clemente McKeman
35 $17,000 Nicola Spirig $16,620 Ruedi Wild
36 $14,250 Kelly Williamson $16,500 Joe Skipper
37 $13,950 Parys Edwards $16,000 Boris Stein
38 $13,800 Michelle Vesterby $15,750 Andi Boecherer
39 $13,250 Katy Blakemore $15,750 Domenico Passuello
40 $12,500 Britta Martin $15,500 Igor Amorelli
41 $12,250 Sofie Goos $15,500 Brad Kahlefeldt
42 $12,070 Radka Vodckova $15,000 Guilherme Manocchio
43 $11,950 Jessie Donavan $13,600 Luke Bell
44 $11,500 Beth Gerdes $13,500 Paul Ambrose
45 $11,400 Lesley Smith $13,500 Craig Alexander
46 $11,250 Holly Lawrence $13,450 James Cunnama
47 $11,000 Sarah Haskins $13,400 Kevin Collington
48 $10,750 Dede Griesbauer $13,170 Bart Aemouts
49 $10,630 Diana Riesler $13,050 Mitchell Robins
50 $10,100 Laurel Wassner $13,000 Tyler Butterfield
51 $10,050 Ariane Monticeli $12,250 Mark Bowstead
52 $9,800 Eva Potuckova $11,910 Massimo Cigana
53 $9,500 Jackie Hering $11,460 Ritchie Nicholls
54 $9,250 Tine Deckers $11,250 Dennis Chevrot
55 $9,250 Laura Philipp $11,000 Jesse Thomas
56 $9,170 Eimear Mullan $10,750 Joe Gambles
57 $9,170 Lisa Marangon $10,500 Giulio Malinari
58 $8,750 Laura Siddal $10,420 Patrik Nilsson
59 $8,700 Ma Lundstrom $10,390 Chris Leiferman
60 $8,500 Beate Goerlz $10,000 Chrisitan Kemp
61 $8,500 Jeanni Seymour $9,920 Fredrik Croneborg
62 $8,250 Dimity Lee Duke $9,750 Stuart Marais
63 $8,250 Camilla Lindholm $9,500 Trevor Wurtele
64 $8,170 Jessica Fleming $9,300 Jordan Rapp
65 $8,170 Emma Pooley $9,250 Ronnie Schildknecht
66 $8,000 Ashley Clifford $9,250 Christian Kramer
67 $7,300 Rachel McBride $8,870 Jonathan Ciavattella
68 $7,250 Mareen Hufe $8,500 Chris Fischer
69 $7,000 Kaisa Lehtonen $8,500 Victor Del Corral
70 $7,000 Marina Damlaimcourt $7,920 Per Bittner
71 $7,000 Lauren Barnett $7,500 Cody Beals
72 $7,000 Usa Roberts $7,500 Taylor Reid
73 $6,800 Sarah Crowley $7,500 Bas Diederen
74 $6,600 Emma Bilham $7,500 Viktor Zyemtsev
75 $6,500 Ruth Brennan-Morrey $7,500 Pedro Gomes

We’re tallying long course winnings on an October-September season, so we’re three-quarters of the way through this one. To date, nine men and ten women have won more than $50,000. The earnings distribution further down the ranks is also similar between the sexes. The 75th place man has won $7500, and the 75th place woman has won $6500.

This doesn’t seem to support Andrew Messick’s assertion that it’s somehow easier for women to win money. While the top 5 women have earned more than the top 5 men, this is solely a function of Daniela Ryf, Rachel Joyce and Jodie Swallow having done well not only at Kona, but also at the lucrative Challenge Bahrain and/or Challenge Dubai events.

So far this season, 297 men and 274 women have won some prize money. This data also sheds light on the “equal slots to Kona” discussion. WTC argues that because women only comprise 35% of pro triathletes, they should have fewer spots at Kona.

Experts have pointed out that this disproportional pro representation is at the bottom of the field. In other words, of those who barely qualify for a pro card, men are more likely than women to take it.

What we see in the data is that fewer than half of all pros win any prize money. But a full 46% of athletes who do win money are women. Which means the pool of pro athletes who are good enough to win money is roughly proportional between men and women.

The upcoming quarter has two races with big prize purses–$150,000 at Ironman Frankfurt ($30,000 to the winner), and $250,000 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships ($45,000 to the winner). Between those two races, I expect Daniela Ryf to break $200,000 in seasonal earnings. And if both she and Helle Frederiksen race the championships (and if Ironman decides to provide live coverage), we could see the competition of the year.

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About the Author

Brian Maiorano writes from Zurich, Switzerland where he leads bike tours through the Alps, teaches athletes to run gracefully, and freelances as a graphic designer. He also creates triathlon satire under the pen name Always Curious. Find him at www.TriathlonLifestyleCoaching.com, or follow his comedy on twitter .

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