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The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings take to the start line

Sep 10, 2018
The  AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings take to the start line

  • More than 50age group qualifying events around the world, including Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
  • One year for participants to earn two qualifying times and a place at the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships in London, 2020
  • Qualifying period runs from Sept. 16, 2018 – Sept. 29, 2019 (AbbottWMM Series XII)

The Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings will officially launch on September 16 when the 45th BMW BERLIN-MARATHON marks the start of the one-year qualification period for the inaugural AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships which will take place in spring 2020.

The third event to follow in the series, is Africa’s very own Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, taking place on Sunday 23 September 2018.

Participants in an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race will earn points according to their age, time and gender, aligned with the following age groups for men and women: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

From Cape Town to Mumbai, Tel Aviv to Toronto and Houston to Helsinki, there will be more than 50 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Qualifying events. The spread of the selected marathon events creates a truly global series throughout the year, giving runners across the world the chance to be part of a new era of age group marathon running.

Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors said, “We are very excited to be launching the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings at the BMW Berlin Marathon. More than 125,000 runners aged 40+ participate in AbbottWMM races each year and this new system will allow even more runners to become a part of the AbbottWMM family. Our new system will give runners a chance to run all over the world and all across the calendar on a truly global stage. It will give them a chance to gain recognition like never before.

“We are proud to be working with all our partners to take age group marathon running to the next level and showcase the achievements of these everyday champions.”

The premier AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships will be held as part of the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2020. Welcoming more than 40,000 runners to the start line each year, London is one of the most popular marathons on the planet with more than 414,000 ballot entries for the 2019 edition. Runners can earn a place at the start line of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon through the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings, and represent their countries with pride and passion.

Olympian and race ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Elana van Zyl-Meyer comments, “This is a huge endorsement for Africa’s iconic city marathon, as it solidifies our place on the world ranking stage. We are thrilled to be a part of this spectacular series and look forward to welcoming even more senior age group participants to the Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon.”

Abbott, who renewed their title sponsorship of the AbbottWMM in April 2018, extending their partnership to 2023, is proud to be a part of the expansion of mass participation marathon running globally.

“Around the world, Abbott delivers life-changing technologies that help people live fully,” said Chris Miller, divisional vice president, global brand strategy and Innovation, Abbott. “We’re thrilled to help recognize the efforts of marathon runners as they strive to lead their age groups and achieve their personal health goals.” 

The ten-year partnership between Abbott World Marathon Majors and Wanda was announced in April 2017 and since then the calendar of events that make up the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings for the inaugural World Championships has been created, with plans for many more events to be added in the coming years.

Twenty-three Wanda/Ironman-produced marathon events will be part of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings for the 2018/2019 season. This includes the Rock ‘n Roll marathons in Madrid, Liverpool and multiple cities across the United States, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and the Chengdu Panda Marathon. Other marathons in the series include geographical representation from around the world,  such as Cape Town, Moscow, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Toronto, Mexico City and many more!

Hengming Yang, CEO of Wanda Sports Group said, “As a strategic partner, we are very pleased to be part of the inaugural Wanda AbbottWMM Age Group World Championships, and we are very proud that we can help develop the running experience of age group runners across the globe.”

For more information on the scoring system and world rankings, visit www.Abbottwmm.com

Race

Location

Series 12 Race Date

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Berlin, Germany

16-Sep-18

Absolute Moscow Marathon

Moscow, Russia

23-Sep-18

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Cape Town, South Africa

23-Sep-18

Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon

Montreal, Canada

23-Sep-18

United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Chengdu Marathon

Chengdu, China

23-Sep-18

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago, Illinois, USA

7-Oct-18

Kosice Peace Marathon

Kosice, Slovakia

7-Oct-18

Rock ‘n’ Roll Beijing Marathon

Beijing, China

13-Oct-18

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Toronto, Canada

21-Oct-18

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

Amsterdam, Netherlands

21-Oct-18

SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

Dublin, Ireland

28-Oct-18

ASB Auckland Marathon

Auckland, New Zealand

28-Oct-18

TCS New York City Marathon

New York City, New York, USA

4-Nov-18

Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon

Savannah, Georgia, USA

4-Nov-18

Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

11-Nov-18

Rock ‘n’ Roll Shanghai Marathon

Shanghai, China

17-Nov-18

Rock ‘n’ Roll Chongqing Marathon

Chongqing, China

25-Nov-18

California International Marathon

Sacramento, California, USA

2-Dec-18

Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon

San Antonio, Texas, USA

2-Dec-18

Monterrey Powerade Marathon

Monterrey, Mexico

9-Dec-18

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Singapore

9-Dec-18

Chevron Houston Marathon

Houston, Texas, USA

20-Jan-19

TATA Mumbai Marathon

Mumbai, India

20-Jan-19

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

20-Jan-19

Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon

New Orleans, Lousiana, USA

10-Feb-19

Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon

Tel Aviv, Israel

22-Feb-19

Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo, Japan

3-Mar-19

United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon

Washington DC, USA

9-Mar-19

Chengdu Panda Marathon

Chengdu, China

17-Mar-19

Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

Los Angeles, California, USA

24-Mar-19

Sao Paulo Marathon

Sao Paulo, Brazil

7-Apr-19

Generali Milano Marathon

Milano Italy

7-Apr-19

Santiago Chile Marathon

Santiago, Chile

7-Apr-19

Boston Marathon

Boston, Mass. USA

15-Apr-19

Marathon de Bourdeaux Metropole

Bordeaux, France

27-Apr-19

Virgin Money London Marathon

London, England

28-Apr-19

EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon

Madrid, Spain

28-Apr-19

St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon

Nashville, Tenessee, USA

28-Apr-19

Helsinki City Marathon

Helsinki, Finland

18-May-19

Runaway Noosa Marathon

Queensland, Australia

25-May-19

Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Ottawa, Canada

26-May-19

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

Calgary, Canada

26-May-19

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon

Liverpool, United Kingdom

26-May-19

Asics Stockholm Marathon

Stockholm, Sweden

1-Jun-19

McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon

Brisbane, Australia

2-Jun-19

Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon

San Diego, California, USA

2-Jun-19

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon

Seattle, Washington, USA

9-Jun-19

Grandma's Marathon

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

22-Jun-19

7 Sunshine Coast Marathon

Queensland, Australia

4-Aug-19

Telcel Mexico City Marathon

Mexico City, Mexico

25-Aug-19

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Cape Town, South Africa

15-Sep-19

Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon

Montreal, Canada

22-Sep-19

Absolute Moscow Marathon

Moscow, Russia

22-Sep-19

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Berlin, Germany

29-Sep-19