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For runners across the globe, competing in an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) race is a significant accomplishment. Six of the largest and most renowned road races in the world—the Tokyo, Boston, TCS London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City marathons—make up the AbbottWMM. The organization delivers several unique benefits to runners:

  • Unparalleled experiences: Operational excellence at each race ensures a premium race-day journey for runners.
  • A professional series – the best professional athletes in the world competing to become the Series Champion.
  • Promotion of marathon running – AbbottWMM organizers aggressively champion anti-doping protocols and make many other efforts to move the sport forward.

To learn more about the Abbott World Marathon Majors visit worldmarathonmajors.com.

AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon serves as a qualifier for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships. The Age Group World Championships are held annually to determine the best age group runners in the world. In 2024, it will take place within the Sydney Marathon.

Participants can qualify for the Age Group World Championships by any of the below methods.


    The top athletes in the Age Group World Rankings in each age group will be invited to the World Championships when the rankings season closes. The rankings season runs from January 1 to December 31 each year. Please note you must be registered on AbbottWMM.com to receive an invite. Create a profile on AbbottWMM.com.

    In 2024, more than 370 marathons worldwide supply their results to Abbott World Marathon Majors for their athletes to be included in the rankings. View the rankings.

    The exact number of athletes for each age group each year will be dependent on the field size for the championship.


    Any athlete achieving the Automatic Qualifying Times listed below will receive an automatic invitation to the 2024 world championships. Please note you must be registered on AbbottWMM.com to receive an invite. Create a profile on AbbottWMM.com.

    Age Group Male Female
    40-44 2:35 3:05
    45-49 2:42 3:13
    50-54 2:48 3:21
    55-59 2:57 3:34
    60-64 3:10 3:49
    65-69 3:26 4:12
    70-74 3:40 4:35
    75-79 4:06 5:15
    80+ 4:40 5:30

    The Abbott World Marathon Majors Global Run Club hosts two Global Marathon events (spring and fall) where up to 200 runners completing each event will have the chance to qualify for the 2025 World Championship. Learn more.

Learn more about the rankings and championships.

Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Qualifier

Bank of America Abbott World Marathon Majors

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