How it works

The ninth running of the Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 22, 2015 marked the official start of Abbott’s title sponsorship of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) and a number of key changes to the iconic series. The AWMM is now determined through a one-­year cycle of Qualifying Races featuring unprecedented anti­doping protocols.

The Abbott World Marathon Majors determines the world’s best male and female marathoners, awarding a $1 million prize purse split evenly by the men’s and women’s champions.

The series qualifying races are: Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, Olympic Marathon, IAAF World Championships Marathon

Prize Purse: ​AWMM will award a $1 million prize, to be split equally to the top male and female point earners in Qualifying Races, after each full year cycle of competition.

One Year Series​: AWMM Series IX begins at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon and ends upon completion of the 2016 Tokyo Marathon. AWMM Series X begins at the 2016 Boston Marathon and ends upon completion of the 2017 Boston Marathon. AWMM Series XI begins at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon and ends upon completion of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. AWMM Series XII begins at the 2018 BMW BERLIN­-MARATHON and ends upon completion of the 2019 BMW BERLIN­-MARATHON. AWMM Series XIII begins at the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and ends upon completion of the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. AWMM Series XIV begins at the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and ends upon completion of the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon. Each subsequent series will begin and end at the next AWMM race on the calendar. The Olympic Marathon and IAAF World Championships Marathon will be included in the race schedule in the years they are held, but will not begin or end the Series.

Point System​: The champions of the AWMM Series will be the male and female athlete who scores the greatest number of points from Qualifying Races during the one-­year scoring period. During each scoring period, points from a maximum of two Qualifying Races will be scored. An athlete must start in two Qualifying Races over the Series cycle to be eligible for the championship. If an athlete earns points in more than two events, the athlete’s highest two finishes will be scored.

Points are allocated following each race as follows:

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

25 points

16 points

9 points

4 points

1 point

Tie Breaker​: In the event of a tie in points earned at the conclusion of a Series cycle, the winner shall be determined using the following rules (addressed in descending order).

1. The athlete with the best head­-to-­head record in Qualifying Races during the Series period 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. For purposes of clarity, it shall not matter whether or not the athletes scored points towards their Series total when considering head-­to-­head competition.

2. The athlete who has won the most Qualifying Races during the period.

3. The athlete whom the majority of the Race Directors of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors determines to be the champion. In such circumstances, the Race Directors may decide to award the title jointly.

Doping Violations:​ Under AWMM rules, no athlete who has been found guilty of any antidoping rules enforced by the IAAF, World Anti­Doping Association (WADA), National Federations, or any of the individual AWMM races is eligible to win the AWMM championship title. Athletes must comply with the AWMM Code of Conduct.

Click here to read the Abbott World Marathon Majors Code of Conduct.