The Abbott World Marathon Majors Global Marathon returns this November
June 30, 2021
Another chance to earn a place at 2022 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships
- Second edition of virtual marathon brings runners aged 18+ together wherever in the world they are running
- Runners aged 40+ can qualify for 2022 Age Group World Championships
- Live leaderboard for all finishers and exclusive finishers medal and hat for premium entrants
The second edition of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Global Marathon opened for registration today (June 30) with race weekend set for November 13-14, 2021.
The first edition took place in May with 1,200 finishers from 75 countries. They created a global celebration of running across social media and united to keep their marathon journeys alive during an unusual year.
The November Global Run Club marathon will conclude a busy second half of the year, following the six Abbott World Marathon Majors, which will take place over a period of six weeks. The return of the majors in this unprecedented back-to-back schedule creates a unique opportunity to generate hype and interest around the sport like never before.
This virtual marathon will give all those runners not able to travel to race, or who were not successful with their Major entries, achance to run with their global community and put a year of hard training to great use. For those aged 40 and over there is also a potential 2022 world championship invite as a reward for their efforts.
For those lucky enough to be running one or more Abbott World Marathon Major this fall, the Global Marathon can be the final push before the year-end to get the most out of their fitness and run with friends and family closer to home.
Run your race:
Runners will have a 48-hour window to run their Global Marathon (in one continuous activity) beginning at 00:00am (local time) Saturday Nov. 13 until 11:59pm (local time) Sunday Nov. 14, so they can pick the best time of day and weather conditions that are available to them.
There are two registration options available to runners. The premium entry includes a Global Marathon finisher’s medal, finisher’s hat, personalized race bib (mailed to runner), their result on the live leaderboard and digital finisher’s badge. While the standard entry includes personalized race bib (emailed to runner), results on the live leaderboard and digital finisher’s badge.
AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships:
As part of this global virtual event, there will be 100 places on offer for the top age group runners for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships in 2022. Runners from both entry categories, who are aged 40 and above by Dec. 31 will compete across nine age categories (male and female) for the places. Race results for qualifiers will be checked and verified before being published separate to the live leaderboards. The top age group performers will then be invited to line up at the World Championships in 2022 (location and date of the championships to be announced later in the year).
Runners are required to have an Abbott World Marathon Majors profile to be eligible for a World Championship invite and their performance in the Global Marathon will not generate world ranking points for the main AbbottWMM Wanda World Rankings which are running from January 1 – December 31, 2021. Check out the race page for full terms and conditions.
Training plans from Coach Kastor:
Andrew Kastor, former competitive runner, author and professional coach, provided us with three 16-week marathon training plans for the first edition to guide beginners, intermediate and advanced runners to the start line and their race goals. They can be accessed HERE.
Sign-up for the Global Marathon HERE before August 31.
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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 and held its first Global Marathon in May 2021.
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