Abbott World Marathon Majors
The Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series consisting of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, Boston, Virgin London, BMW Berlin, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City. The top five male and female finishers in each of these races are awarded points based on their placement. At the conclusion of each two-year racing cycle including the IAAF World Championship and Olympic marathons, the top male and female point-earners are crowned champions of the sport and equally split a $1 million prize purse.
The inaugural series began in Boston in April 2006 and concluded at the ING New York City Marathon in November 2007. Click here to view the current Abbott World Marathon Majors leader boards.
|World Marathon Majors Series Champions|
2012-2013: Tsegaye Kebede (ETH)
2011-2012: Geoffrey Mutai (KEN)
2010-2011: Emmanuel Mutai (KEN)
2009-2010: Sammy Wanjiru (KEN)
2008-2009: Sammy Wanjiru (KEN)
2007-2008: Martin Lel (KEN)
2006-2007: Robert K. Cheruiyot (KEN)
2011-2012: Mary Keitany (KEN)
2010-2011: Edna Kiplagat (KEN)**
2009-2010: Irina Mikitenko (GER)**
2008-2009: Irina Mikitenko (GER)
2007-2008: Irina Mikitenko (GER)
2006-2007: Gete Wami (ETH)
*Following the positive A and B samples from an out-of-competition test in September 2014, Rita Jeptoo’s standings and the final results of the Women’s World Marathon Majors 2013-2014 Series will be determined at the completion of due process and the outcome of any appeal.
**Following a doping ban by the Russian Federation and a recent appeal for a longer bad, the International Athletics Association Federations (IAAF) announced in August 2015 that the results of the women’s champion for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Series have been annulled.
Marathon fans can follow all the action with live leaderboards, athlete bios, statistics and updates at worldmarathonmajors.com website.