As the first marathon in Poland, 42nd Warsaw Marathon will be a part of Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships as a race in qualification period.
Marathon Majors have started a cooperation as a part of Age Group World Ranking Series. 42nd Warsaw Marathon has become an official qualification race for Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championship for runners above 40 years of age.
Warsaw Marathon is the first marathon in Poland to have been honored as an official qualification race for World Championships for 40+ age group. This year abut 50 races from all continents were part of this exclusive assembly. The inaugural AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships are being held within the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. The next edition, which will be Warsaw Marathon’s debut, will gather over 170 events all over the world. Thanks to this many carefully selected runs all over the world the Majors World Championships are becoming a global initiative, which final will take place in the spring of 2020 (the host city will be announced in the following year).
Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors said:
“We are very excited about the response to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings from marathons around the world. 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 system gives runners a chance to run all over the world and all across the calendar on a truly global stage. We want to 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.”
Warsaw Marathon Foundation director, Marek Tronina, emphasizes the constant growth of the event: „Warsaw Marathon from the beginning of existence was an event, which goal was to popularize marathon in our country. Year after year we are trying to introduce new solutions and amenities, constantly getting better at organizing our event. Partnership with Abbott World Marathon Majors is our next big step.”
The runners will be competing in age groups: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69,70-74,75-79,80+. Participants with the highest scores will receive an invitation for the championships, which will take place in 2021. For more information on the scoring system and world rankings, visit www.Abbottwmm.com