The Boston Athletic Association will award a total prize purse of $250,000 for the 1986 Boston Marathon, making the Patriots Day race one of the richest in the world. BAA President Francis Swift called the package "a very competitive one" and indicated there will be no discrimination between male and female runners in the allocation of prize money. "But we have reached no decision on how much each man or woman will get," he said.

The BAA Board of Governors voted the prize package Thursday night during a closed-door meeting. Although the board has not chosen a sponsor for the race, it feels there is enough available to finance a prize package of that size.

"We have talked to private sponsors, a number of sponsors, but I cannot reveal who they are at this moment," Swift said.

However, Swift indicated the board has not reached a decision on whether the communities along the race course will receive any compensation for services.

Boston's prize money now ranks among the top paying marathons in the world. America's Marathon in Chicago will offer a total of $290,000 while it is estimated the New York City Marathon will dole out between $240,000 and $260,000 . . .

Mary Decker Slaney cut almost one second off her U.S. 800-meter record at the Bern international track and field meet in Switzerland.

Slaney was timed in 1 minute 56.90 seconds. The previous mark was 1:57.68.