The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings comprise a one-year qualifying period during which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in marathons across the world to earn ranking points.
At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships. The first Championships was due to be held within the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
This event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural championship will now take place within the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon on October 3. This race will combine qualifiers from the first and second editions of the Rankings.
The third edition of the Rankings began on January 1 2021 and is scheduled to conclude on December 31.
The rankings cover age groups from 40 to 80+ for men and women as follows:
The maximum points that can be scored in any race by an age group winner is 4,000. The age group winners in any AbbottWMM race – the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathons – will automatically get 4,000 points. The minimum amount of points that can be scored is 1,000. The best two results in marathons over this period will count for each runner’s ranking.
Any age group athlete who is within 29 seconds of the age group winning time in an AbbottWMM race receives 10 points less, earning 3990 points. Runners within 30-59 seconds of the winning time receive 20 points less, and those earning times within 1 minute and 29 seconds less than the age group winning time receive 30 points less, and so on.