The Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world which, together with those run at the sport’s global championships, form an annual series to determine the world's best male and female marathon runners.
Athletes score points for their finishing place in each race with the top male and female marathon runners at the end of each cycle receiving an equal share of the US$1 million.
The AbbottWMM Series started in 2006 and changed to a one-year format in 2015.
Series X started at the 2016 Boston Marathon on April 18 when a points system for wheelchair athletes was added with its own US$100,000 prize purse.
The Series Qualifying Races are:
Virgin Money London Marathon
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
TCS New York City Marathon
Olympic or Paralympic Marathons
IAAF World Championships or World Para Athletics Championships
THE POINTS SYSTEM
The champions of each AbbottWMM Series will be the male and female athlete who scores the greatest number of points from the Qualifying Races during the one-year scoring period.
During each scoring period, points from a maximum of two Qualifying Races will be counted. An athlete must start in at least two Qualifying Races over the cycle to be eligible for the prize. If an athlete earns points in more than two events, the athlete’s highest two finishes are scored.
The Wheelchair Series follows the same rules, but points from an athlete’s best four races count towards the total, or best five during years with Paralympic Games or World Championship marathons.
Points are allocated following each race as follows:
If there’s a tie at the end of a Series, the winner is determined using the following rules (addressed in descending order):
The athlete with the best head-to-head record in Qualifying Races during the Series will be declared the winner. Only the fact that one athlete finished ahead of the other will be taken into account and not by how many places nor whether those athletes scored points in that head-to-head contest.
The athlete who has won the most Qualifying Races during the period.
The athlete who the majority of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors Race Directors determines to be the champion. The Race Directors may decide to award the title jointly.
Under AbbottWMM rules, no athlete found guilty of any anti-doping rules enforced by the IAAF, World AntiDoping Association (WADA), National Federations, or any of the individual AbbottWMM races is eligible to win the championship title. Athletes must comply with the AWMM Code of Conduct.
The one-year Series
AbbottWMM Series X began at the 2016 Boston Marathon and ends at the 2017 Boston Marathon.
Series XI will begin at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon and end at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Series XII will begin at the 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and end at the 2019 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.
Series XIII will begin at the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and end at the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Series XIV will begin at the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and end at the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon.
Each subsequent series will begin and end at the next AWMM race on the calendar. The Olympic or Paralympic Marathons and IAAF or World Para Athletics Championships will be included in the series in the years they are held, but will not begin or end the series.
Each of the six AbbottWMM mass participation races delivers several unique benefits to runners:
an unparalleled experience – operational excellence at each race ensures a premium race-day journey for runners
a professional series – the best professional athletes in the world competing for points with the winner taking a share of the million dollar prize purse every year
promotion of marathon running – AbbottWMM organizers aggressively champion anti-doping protocols and make many other efforts to move the sport forward.