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Abbott World Marathon Majors Launches Global Run Club

August 27, 2020

• The club aims to bring together the global community of marathon runners on a virtual platform where they can CONNECT, COMPETE and CELEBRATE.

The Abbott World Marathon Majors Global Run Club launched today, providing a virtual platform for the global community of marathon runners to connect, challenge and celebrate.

The club wants to provide runners around the world with a community where they unite, inspire and cheer on each other. The platform allows runners to sign up for a variety of free-to-run challenges, delve into a library of running related tips and advice, and grab their exclusive AbbottWMM Global Run Club medals for their efforts.

The AbbottWMM Global Run Club is kicking off with a variety of running challenges, for all ages and abilities, that will be staged in tandem with the offerings of the five AbbottWMM races which will be taking place in a virtual landscape from September to November. Those who are taking part in one of the virtual Majors can use the autumn challenges as final training miles, fun recovery sessions or count their marathon miles as the challenge and scoop two medals for one race.

With our global community at its core, runners compare their performances with their peers (age, gender and nationality) on challenge leaderboards; run with friends and family in a variety of distance options; and use this series of events to provide some extra motivation and focus while normal race routines are interrupted.

Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of the Abbott World Marathon Majors said, “We are delighted to launch the AbbottWMM Global Run Club today and provide another innovative way to connect our global community of runners. Whether it’s a support tool for your marathon training, challenging yourself to get back into running, or aiming to set a new personal best, the Global Run Club is the perfect complement to the ongoing work of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. We will have a lot to offer every level of runner, wherever in the world they may be.”

The challenges on offer from September to November on the AbbottWMM Global Run Club include:

A special Tokyo Challenge week has been added to the line-up between Chicago and New York City race weeks to give runners a complete Majors journey and make up for some of the missed miles last March.

Challenge descriptions:
Challenge 26.2:
Complete a total of 26.2 miles during the specific challenge week in any intervals that you desire.
Challenge 2.62: Run 2.62miles on any day of the specific challenge week.
Autumn Challenge 26.2: Complete a total of 26.2 miles between 07 Sept. and 01 Nov. in any intervals that you desire.

Autumn Marathon: Run a full marathon (26.2 miles) in one go, on a course of your choice during the final challenge week.

AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group Autumn Marathon Leaderboard: Whether you are running the Global Run Club Autumn marathon, one of the AbbottWMM virtual marathons or any other marathon around the world, join our leaderboard and see how your marathon result compares with others in our global marathon community. Open to all members of the AbbottWMM Global Run Club.

For more information and to sign up to the AbbottWMM Global Run Club click HERE 

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Lorna Campbell
Head of Communications, Abbott World Marathon Majors
[email protected] 

Notes to editors:

ABOUT ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS

The Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) is a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world – Tokyo Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.

Encompassing an annual series for elite runners and elite wheelchair athletes, AbbottWMM also applauds the achievements and passion of everyday champions from around the world. The 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’.

The AbbottWMM launched the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings in 2018 and the first AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship race is set to take place on 03 October, 2021 (postponed due to COVID-19) as part of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The AbbottWMM Global Run Club launched in August 2020 and aims to bring together the global community of marathon runners on a virtual platform. It kicked off with a series of autumn challenges to run alongside the virtual offerings of the Majors.

For more information, visit www.Abbottwmm.com

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