I have always wondered about how much professional runners make as far as "salary" goes from sponsorships. Obviously, winning races and being paid for their participating in big-time races would supplement their income, but I'm wondering if anyone out there has any information as what a general "salary" range for professional/elite runners? I know it depends largely on one's ability, so about what would it be for men who run in the range of about...
5k: 13:30-13:45, 10k: 28:20-28:45, 1/2 marathon: 1:03:30-1:04, or marathon: ~2:15-2:17:30
5k: 13:15-13:30, 10k: ~28:00, 1/2 marathon: ~1:03, marathon: ~2:15
5k: ~13:00, 10k: ~27:30, 1/2 marathon: ~1:02, marathon: ~2:10
And then for all the "top" guy's like Geb, El-G, Lagat, etc.
I realize those are just some "arbitrary" ranges, but I was just wondering if anyone had any information about what kind of times get about what kind of pay in the world of distance running - it's just been something I've always wondered about.