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Abbott World Marathon Majors

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, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathons – make up AbbottWMM. The organization delivers several unique benefits to runners:

  • Unparalleled experiences – operational excellence at each race ensures a premium race-day journey for runners
  • Championship Series – professional athletes competing in AbbottWMM qualifying events compete for a prize purse every year
  • Advancement of marathoning – AbbottWMM organizers aggressively champion anti-doping protocols and other efforts to move the sport forward

The inaugural series began in Boston in April 2006 and concluded at the ING New York City Marathon in November 2007. View the current Abbott World Marathon Majors leader boards.

Series I (2006–07)
Men: Robert K. Cheruiyot, Kenya
Women: Gete Wami, Ethiopia

Series II (2007–08)
Men: Martin Lel, Kenya
Women: Irina Mikitenko, Germany

Series III (2008–09)
Men: Samuel Wanjiru, Kenya
Women: Irina Mikitenko, Germany

Series IV (2009–10)
Men: Samuel Wanjiru, Kenya
Women: Liliya Shobukhova, Russia

Series V (2010–11)
Men: Emmanuel Mutai, Kenya
Women: Liliya Shobukhova, Russia

Series VI (2011–12)
Men: Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya
Women: Mary Keitany, Kenya

Series VII (2012–13)
Men: Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopia
Women: Priscah Jeptoo, Kenya

Series VIII (2013–14)
Men:  Wilson Kipsang, Kenya
Women: Edna Kiplagat, Kenya**

Series IX (2015-16)
Men:  Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya
Women: Mary Keitany, Kenya

Series X (2016-17)
Men: Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya
Women: Edna Kiplagat, Kenya

Wheelchair Series X (2016-17)
Men: Marcel Hug, Switzerland
Women: Tatyana McFadden, USA

Series XI (2017 – 18)
Men: Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya
Women: Mary Keitany, Kenya

Wheelchair Series XI (2017-18)
Men: Marcel Hug, Switzerland
Women: Manuela Schär, Switzerland

* Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) was the original winner of Series IV and V but she was banned from competition for a doping violation in April 2014 and all her results from Oct. 9, 2009 have been annulled.

** Rita Jeptoo (KEN) won four races in the 2013/14 series but gave positive A and B samples in an out-of-competition test in September 2014. Her standings and the final results of the 2013/14 Series have been determined at the completion of the due legal process and the outcome of an appeal. As a result, the Series VIII title has been awarded to Edna Kiplagat.

Marathon fans can follow all the action with live leaderboards, athlete bios, statistics and updates at worldmarathonmajors.com website.

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