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 and wheelchair competitors.

Athletes score points for their finishing place in each race with the top three male and female marathon runners and wheelchair athletes at the end of each cycle receiving prize money.

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 for the first-place winners.

The Series Qualifying Races are:

  • Tokyo Marathon
  • Boston Marathon
  • Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • TCS New York City Marathon
  • Olympic or Paralympic Marathons
  • World Athletics World Championships or World Para Athletics Championships


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:

1st Place 25 points
2nd Place 16 points
3rd Place 9 points
4th Place 4 points
5th Place 1 point

Tie breakers

If there’s a tie at the end of a Series, the winner is 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 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.
  2. The athlete who has won the most Qualifying Races during the period.
  3. 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.

Doping violations

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 XI began at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon and ended at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

AbbottWMM Series XII began at the 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and ended at the 2019 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.

AbbottWMM Series XIII began at the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The conclusion of this series and beginning of the following series will be confirmed in due course.

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.

Virtual races

An Abbott World Marathon Majors race completed on a virtual platform will not count as a “Star” within our current Six Star Finisher program.