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Abbott World Marathon Majors

ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS. The most prestigious and massive marathons in the world

The Abbott World Marathon Majors include the world’s biggest and recognized majors’ marathons:

  1. Tokyo
  2. Boston
  3. Virgin Money London
  4. BMW Berlin
  5. Bank of America Chicago
  6. TCS New York City.

You will find the link of the races at the end of this article.

abbott world marathon majors picture where the champions run


The organizers of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, have joined forces to support the sport, promote elite runners that take part on them and help increase the interest of recreational runners in these events.

On the elite level, it’s a six-marathon series, the above mentioned plus the Olympic Marathon and IAAF World Championship Marathons.

#AbbottWMM awards 1 million dollars to be split into equal shares among the series Men’s and Women’s winners.

boston marathon finish line winner Meb


Encompassing an annual series for elite runners and elite wheelchair athletes, ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS also applauds the achievements and passion of everyday champions from around the world.

The new AbbottWMM Six Star System is an online results hub that celebrates every runner who has completed from one to six of the races in the series and encourages them to Reach for The Stars.

You can sign up to their website, they keep the times and dates of each marathon you participate until you reach your 6-start goal, and also you can check the time ranking and how many runners from each country are taking part and reach their 6 start goal

For recreational runners who love to run marathons, running one of these races it’s a dream come true, each one of these cities opens its doors to over thirty thousand runners, plus their companions in a magical weekend where people from all genders, religions, and nationality celebrate their love for the sport. Only one wins, but everyone can dream.

Not only that, it’s a world-class event that will open our eyes to how different cultures share a common goal. Reaching the finish line and receiving the cherished participant medal.

abbott world marathon major finisher
abbott world marathon majors finisher



ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS has also launched the #AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings

  • The first ever global age group marathon ranking system. The inaugural AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship takes place in spring 2020 as part of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings comprise a one-year qualifying period during which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in marathons across the world to earn ranking points.

  • The inaugural rankings season began at the 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sept. 16, 2018 and ended at the 2019 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sept. 29, 2019.
  • The second edition of the rankings began on Sept. 30 2019 and will end at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2020.
  • This rankings edition will determine who qualifies for the 2021 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

The first Championships

The first Championships will be held within the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. The date and location of the 2021 Championships will be announced in due course.

  • The rankings coverage groups from 40 to 80+ for men and women as follows

The Abbott World Marathon Majors sets the pace in the marathon industry, providing largest platform for the best athletes in the sport and offering the only global program for the world’s amateur athletes.

This challenge it’s amazing for those runners that besides running a marathon, want to experience different countries, exploring for 26.2 amazing sight of the most impressive cities in the world, with thousands of spectators almost 100% of the course.

abbot marathon major finisher

FOR ELITE ATHLETES–How that works  

Athletes score points for their finishing place in each race with the top three male and female marathon runners and wheelchair athletes at the end of each cycle receiving prize money.

The AbbottWMM Series started in 2006 and changed to a one-year format in 2015.


Champions of each AbbottWMM Series will be the male and female athlete who scores the greatest number of points from the Qualifying Races during the one-year scoring period.

During each scoring period, points from a maximum of two Qualifying Races will be counted. An athlete must start in at least two Qualifying Races over the cycle to be eligible for the prize. If an athlete earns points in over two events, the athlete’s highest two finishes are scored.

The Wheelchair Series follows the same rules, but points from an athlete’s best four races count towards the total, or best five during years with Paralympic Games or World Championship marathons.

Boston Marathon Medal
Boston Marathon Medal


  • Series XIIIwill begin at the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and end at the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
  • Series XIVwill begin at the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and end at the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon.
  • Series XVwill begin at the 2022 Tokyo Marathon and end at the 2023 Tokyo Marathon.
New York City Marathon Medal
New York City Marathon Medal

Each subsequent series will begin and end at the next AWMM race on the calendar. The Olympic or Paralympic Marathons and IAAF or World Para Athletics Championships will be included in the series in the years they are held but will not begin or end the series.

Tokyo Marathon Medal
Tokyo Marathon Medal
Berlin Marathon medal
Berlin Marathon medal


  • an unparalleled experience–operational excellence at each race ensures a premium race-day journey for runners
  • a professional series–the best professional athletes in the world competing for points with the winner taking a share of the million-dollar prize purse every year
  • promotion of marathon running–AbbottWMM organizers aggressively champion anti-doping protocols and make many other efforts to move the sport forward.

 London Marathon medals

London Marathon Medal

chicago marathon medal
Chicago Marathon Medals


The maximum points that can be scored in any race by an age group winner is 4,000. Age group winners in any AbbottWMM race–the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathons–will get 4,000 points.

The minimum amount of points that can be scored is 1,000. The best two results in marathons over this period will count for each runner’s ranking.

six medal challenge
6 Medal Challenge

Age Group Points

Any age group athlete is within 29 seconds of the age group winning time in an AbbottWMM race receives 10 points less, earning 3990 points. Runners within 30-59 seconds of the winning time receive 20 points less, and those earning times within 1 minute and 29 seconds less than the age group winning time receive 30 points less, and so on.

Other Marathons participation and points

Runners can earn points for their performances in marathons beyond the six AbbottWMM races, provided the event is an official AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race.

  • In those events, scoring will be based on a platinum time calculated for each age group and gender, using standard multiples of the ‘mean’ of the current marathon world record times for each age group and gender.
  • Winners of any age group marathons that are not Abbott World Marathon Races must run faster than the platinum time for their age and gender to score 4000 points.
  • The same points degradation according to time behind the winner applies. The full list of the platinum times is included below.
  • Runners’ qualifying times must be recorded at a certified accurate marathon which has been nominated as an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race. The current list is included at the conclusion of this document.
  • If the age group winning time is below the platinum time, then the points awarded to the winner and every subsequent age group runner are reduced by the time the age group winner has missed platinum time for the age and gender of the athlete.
abbott world marathon major finisher

Platinum times for each age group are:

The second edition of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings began on Sept. 30 2019 and will end at the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11.


Following the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the total is 6,401. If you are one of them but do not appear in our Hall of Fame, register today and claim your stars.

How you can take part

  • Register create your profile complete with profile image and claim your stars. Once you have claimed all six, your name will appear on this list.
  • Once you have a place in your sixth and final AbbottWMM race, email and we will guide you through the process and ensure you receive a medal at the finish.


During the last years taking part in one of these marathons has become more relevant because you can’t register for the race, you must be selected in a lottery or in Boston’s case you must qualify.

abbott world marathon majors 6 marahton pictures

All runners that finish all six marathons receive a MEDAL and a CERTIFICATE because very few people have run all six, to this date only around 500 runners. #wherechampionsrun

  1. Tokyo
  2. Boston
  3. Virgin Money London
  4. BMW Berlin
  5. Bank of America Chicago
  6. TCS New York City


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