2017 Professional pro prize money by the numbers

The prize money at Ironman events decreased by almost 6 percent last year, while Challenge Family's prize purses went up by 22 percent. 2017 money lists by the numbers.

| February 16, 2018 | NEWS

Flora Duffy topped the triathlon prize money list last year.

Flora Duffy topped the triathlon prize money list last year.

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Thorsten Radde from TriRating.com has put together some interesting analysis of the prize money lists from last year. Here are a few of the trends he noticed from the 2017 season:

Ironman money is down

Last year Ironman's full-distance events handed out a total of US$2,676.750 at 33 races, which was down 1.8 percent from 2016. There were a total of 284 athletes who earned some of tha t money.

The drop was more pronounced at Ironman 70.3 races, where US$2,363,000 was handed out at 73 races, down 9.8 percent from 2016. (397 athletes earned money at those races.)

Challenge prize money is up

At Challenge-Family full- and half-distance races there was US$1,083,472 handed out at 34 races. That's up 22 percent from the previous year. That number includes the European bonus pool prize money. A total of 240 athletes won money in that series.

ITU and other events

Radde didn't do analysis of prize money for 2016 at other events, so he wasn't able to report on any changes, but he did not that the ITU handed out US$2,353,000 to athletes both in prize money and through the bonus pool. That money was shared among 125 competitors. Other events including Super League, Bilbao, Escape from Alcatraz, Alpe D'Huez, Embrun, Island House, the ITU Long Distance World Championship and the Xterra World Championships handed out US$1,225,802 to 117 athletes.

Not quite $10 million

Total all those numbers together and you get US$9,684,024. In comparison, last year's PGA Championship (just the one tournament) offered US$10.5 million, with the winner taking just under US$1.9 million of that.

Overall winners

Flora Duffy topped the prize money standings in 2017, winning US$295,500. Next up on the list was Daniela Ryf, who won US$240,101. Mario Mola was the highest male earner in 2017, finishing third overall with his total of US$221,539, followed by Javier Gomez, who won US$196,654.

Ryf made almost all of her prize money at WTC events last year - all told the Florida-based company handed over US$222,500 to the Swiss star. She was the highest earner on the WTC front thanks to her Ironman/ Ironman 70.3 world championship double. Kona champ Patrick Lange was a distant second on that list, earning $126,500 at WTC events.

Yvonne Van Vlerken was the highest earning Challenge-Family athlete, earning $57,388. (Van Vlerken won the European bonus pool.)

On the ITU front Duffy dominated - she earned $215,500 of her yearly prize money take through ITU races.