The World Marathon Majors (“WMM”) issues this Code of Conduct (Code) in order to maintain fair and reasonable standards of conduct by runners and the organisers of the respective races (each herein called “Event”), and to protect their respective rights, the rights of the public and the integrity of the Sport of Marathon running.

B. Application
The WMM agree that the Code shall apply to each of their races and all competitors within them.


A. General
Every runner shall, during the race and at all times on the day of a WMM race, conduct themselves in a professional manner and comply with the reasonable instructions of the Event organiser. The provisions hereinafter set forth shall apply to each runner’s conduct on race day and in relation to the Event. WMM athletes agree to abide by this Code, and shall not evade, violate, or circumvent, whether directly or indirectly, this Code.

B. Punctuality
1. Runners shall be available at the transportation point to the start and on the start line at the times specified by the Event.

2. Any runner not at the start line at the time specified may be defaulted unless the Event organiser in its sole discretion, after consideration of all relevant circumstances, elects not to declare a default.

C. Equipment
1. Drink Containers

Runners will either use drink containers provided by the Event organiser for all participants to use or their own drink containers, which are approved by the Event. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary hereinabove set forth the identification by use of the name, emblem, logo, trademark, symbol or other description of any person, firm, company, organization or campaign other than as expressly permitted by these rules is banned unless approved by the WMM.

2. General
Runners will at all times comply with IAAF rules and contractual obligations with the Event organiser including, but not limited to, in relation to the attire worn in the Event and in the warm up before.

3. Change/Taping
Any runner who violates IAAF rules may be ordered by the Event to change their attire or equipment immediately. No taping over of such attire or equipment shall be permitted unless allowed by the Event. Failure of a runner to comply with such order may result in immediate default.

D. Performance
1. Athletes will prepare for the highest level of competition by maintaining competitive readiness and shall run to the best of their ability throughout the event.

2. Athletes will refrain from starting a WMM event if knowledgeable of a persistent and existing injury that would affect a quality performance.

E. Media conference
Unless injured and physically unable to appear, a runner must attend the allotted pre-race media conference and the post race media conference(s) organised the day of and the day after the conclusion of the Event whether or not the runner was the winner. Post-race media obligations include but are not limited to interviews with the host and runner’s local and/or national broadcaster.

F. Ceremonies
Runners must attend and participate in the presentation ceremonies after the race if required unless he is physically unable to appear.

G. Coaching and coaches
Runners shall not receive coaching during a race. Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a runner and a coach may be construed as coaching. Runners shall also prohibit their coaches and managers from, in precinct of the Event or at press conferences or ceremonies: doing the following-

(1) using audible obscenity, (2) making obscene gestures of any kind, (3) verbally abusing any official, opponent, spectator or other person (4) physically abusing any official, opponent, spectator or other person and (5) from giving, making, issuing, authorising or endorsing any public statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the Event and/or of the officiating thereof.

H. Unsportsmanlike conduct
Runners shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, officials, spectators and others.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct is defined as any misconduct by a runner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the Sport, or the Event, but that does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on-site offence contained herein. In addition, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include, but not be limited to, the giving, making, issuing, authorising or endorsing any public statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the Event and/or the officiating thereof. Runners shall be in breach of this code if they engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behavior.


A.    Wagers
No runner shall directly or indirectly bet, gamble or wager on or in relation to any WMM Event.

B.    Bribes or other payments
No runner shall offer, give, solicit or accept, or agree to offer, give, solicit or accept, anything of value to or from any person with the intent to influence any runner's efforts or participation in any WMM Event.

C.    Drug offences
Athletes will not commit, or aid or abet any individual, in committing any doping offense as defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), National Anti-Doping Agencies, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), National Olympic Committees or National Federation, rules and regulations.

Athletes will comply with all formal doping testing in accordance with IAAF or IPC Rules and the rules of the National Federations and National Anti-Doping Agencies. In addition runners may be required to undergo drug testing either as a result of governmental or other binding regulations imposed upon the Event by authorities outside its control or as a result of a drug-testing programme approved by the WMM or the Event organiser.

Athletes will refrain from all use and possession or use of alcohol, tobacco products, or banned and/or controlled substances while participating in competition.

In addition to any punishment imposed by the IAAF, national federation or any national anti-doping agency or government, any runner who has been found by such body to have committed a doping offence (at any competition or out of competition) past, present or future, shall be disqualified from the Event and lose eligibility for and has been subject to a ban of 3 months or more, shall be banned from all WMM Events for life unless otherwise agreed by the WMM and be ineligible any time to receive any WMM prize money or WMM points.


1. Each WMM Event shall have the power to deduct such fines as they believe reasonable for breaches of the Code of Conduct from the runner’s prize-money or appearance money, if any, and to retain the same absolutely. For breaches of Article III (Major Offences), WMM shall have the power to deduct WMM points. For breaches of Clauses A or B of Article III, WMM shall have the power to ban a runner from WMM Events for up to 2 years. For breaches of Article II WMM shall have the power to deduct WMM points.

2. For breaches of Article III, Clause C, the Marathon Organiser (and in the case of (d) below World Marathon Majors LLC) will have the following rights, which it may exercise, together or otherwise, in its absolute discretion sees fit:

(a) the right to reduce the amount payable to the Athlete (including appearance fees, time, personal and finish prizes and bonuses) (“Consideration”), suspend payments due under this Agreement or terminate this Agreement with immediate effect, so that Athlete no longer has the right to receive the consideration;

(b) the right to repayment from Athlete of all or part of the Consideration paid to Athlete under the Agreement

(c) the right to recover damages from the Athlete to compensate for losses flowing from noncompliance/breach that are not compensated by the payments contemplated under the sub-clauses

(d) the right for World Marathon Majors LLC to repayment of any prize money paid to Athlete which would not have been paid if the nullified or struck out results were omitted from the calculation of the relevant World Marathon Majors Series

3. Any runner who has a penalty levied against them under Article IV may appeal to the person appointed by WMM from time to time to deal with these matters (“WMM Administrator”) for review of the determination of guilt and penalty therefor. Such Notice of Appeal shall be in writing and filed by 5.00 p.m. G.M.T. with the WMM Administrator within ten (10) days after race day. Attached to and included with such Notice of Appeal shall be a statement by the runner as to the facts and circumstances of such incident along with any other evidence that the runner desires to submit. Upon receipt of such an Appeal, the WMM Administrator shall conduct a reasonable investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding such incident, and shall affirm or reverse in whole or in part the determination of the Event. In the event of a whole or partial reversal the Event or WMM (as appropriate) shall remit to the runner all or part of the fines collected in accordance with the disposition of the appeal.

4. Where not deducted from prize or appearance money, all fines levied shall be paid by the runner to the WMM by delivery to the WMM Administrator within thirty (30) days after receipt of written notice thereof.

5. If the fine is not paid in thirty (30) days the runner authorises the next Event to withhold appearance and/or prize money due to the runner until settlement is made.

6. Any runner may appeal such determination for review by written Notice of Appeal filed with the WMM Administrator within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the WMM Administrator’s determination or any modification thereof by the WMM. Appeals will be heard by the Court of Arbitration in Sport in Switzerland or such national arbitration service as may be nominated by the relevant Event.