Qualifying for the 2022 World Championships began on January 1, 2021 and runs until December 31, 2021.
The postponed 39th Belfast City Marathon, which took place on the rescheduled date of Sunday 3 October 2021, was a qualifying event this year, firmly putting Belfast on the map for those planning to gain marathon points through a marathon, nationally and internationally.
The global growth of the series continues with more than 160 races remaining in this qualifying series, covering 80 countries and spanning six continents. Runners can earn ranking points on a maximum of two qualifying events. Search the full list of qualifying events HERE.
Some marathons that are part of the third edition of the qualifying series have had to pivot to a virtual event for 2021. Races that provide Abbott World Marathon Majors with full results will give their top age group performers the chance to earn world ranking points in a newly created virtual rankings platform that sit alongside the other avenues to the World Championships. A proportion of the Championship places will be allocated to this pathway to entry. More details on this will be made available in due course.
The Abbott World Marathon Majors Global Marathon on May 1 and 2, 2021 offered 100 places for the 2022 World Championships. The second Global Marathon on November 13 and 14, 2021 will also offer 100 places for the 2022 World Championships.
Tim Hadzima, Executive Director for the Abbott World Marathon Majors said: “It was wonderful to see all our age group runners putting down some incredible performances in our inaugural event in London this year.
“It is great that we will be returning to London for the World Championships next year and with just less than three months to qualify, I am sure lots of runners will be keeping a close eye on the rankings hoping they will be in contention for the top spots. Good luck to everyone pushing for a World Championship place.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, said: “This year’s London Marathon was a truly special day and it was wonderful to welcome age group runners from all over the world to London. We are delighted to be hosting the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships again next
October and celebrating the achievements of these inspiring runners.”
Runners who qualify for a 2022 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship place will be notified early 2022 once the Age Group World Rankings have closed and results have been verified.
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 took 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.
For more information, visit www.Abbottwmm.com
Participants in an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race 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+.
The spread of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group Qualifying 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.
For more information on the third edition of the world rankings, how you can be part of the action and see a full list of the races participating, visit https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/agwr/how-it-works/