April 18, 2015
Ben True and Molly Huddle enjoyed a nice payday on Saturday for their record-setting performances at the B.A.A. 5K. The pair took home $7,500 each for winning their respective races and another $5,000 each for setting American records at the distance (13:22 for True and 14:50 for Huddle). Their total looks set to increase soon as noted track fan John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile, offered to pay True and Huddle $5,000 each of his own money as a reward for their performances today.
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) April 18, 2015
This is not the first time Legere has done something like this. He offered to pay out $25,000 to charity if Meb Keflezighi was leading last month’s NYC Half as the runners left Central Park (Meb was, and Legere lived up to his word). He also doubled the American prize money at the Carlsbad 5000 three weeks ago. Legere was interested in increasing the American prize purse for Monday’s Boston Marathon, but it appears his offer was rebuffed.