Yuta Shitara didn't win the Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 25 but he didn't go home empty-handed, pocketing 100 million yen ($934,457) for setting a new Japanese record of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 11 seconds.

The previous mark of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 16 seconds was set by Toshinari Takaoka of Kanebo in 2002 in the Chicago Marathon.

Shitara, 26, who competes for Honda Motor Co., finished second behind Dickson Chumba of Kenya, who completed the course in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

The prize was given based on a project by the Japan Industrial Track and Field Association aimed at bolstering athletes in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by rewarding a runner who sets a new Japanese record.

A key reason for the new record is that the finish line was moved to a point near Tokyo Station since last year’s event, resulting in fewer slopes in the latter part of the 42.195-kilometer course. That made it possible for runners to cover the distance in a faster time.

This year’s race, which marked the 12th, had about 36,000 participants.