Another level wrote:
If someone thinks that running a race like this is for the contract then they have no understanding of pro contracts.
Not quite sure what your handle (Another level) means, clearly not the "Level" where a reputable contract is in place. It's very common to have a minimum race quota clause in the contract, especially road racing. If injured there are very specific clauses as to the injury and duration. Most shoe companies are somewhat forgiving for a season, if injuries become a chronic issue for more than that the contract will be adjusted accordingly. With road racing, visibility is important and usually, they will allow low-key races in addition to mandatory larger races which include the U.S. Championships. This race also could be satisfying a "proof of fitness" requirement for her contract in relation to another marathon next year. Jordan is a very recognizable and likable athlete, Nike would like to maximize that in as many races possible. The "real" money is in her actual performance bonuses.