How it works
Athletes are ranked according to their single fastest time in a qualifying event. Every athlete will appear in the rankings.
Top-ranked athletes in each age group at the end of the 2024 season will be invited to the 2025 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships (Location and date to announced later in the year).
The number of athletes invited from each age group will be dependent on the full field size (still to be confirmed).
Any athlete achieving the Automatic Qualifying Time for their age group will receive an immediate notification that they have qualified for the 2025 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.
In order to receive an invitation, runners must be registered at AbbottWMM.com.
The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings comprise over 370 qualifying races in which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in marathons across the world to earn a global ranking.
2025 AUto-Qualifying Times
The 2023 world championship took place within the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Full results can be found here.
There are three ways to qualify for the championships. Full details here.
1. Top-ranked athletes from each age group will be invited to the 2025 World Championships when the 2024 rankings season closes. The exact number of athletes for each age group will be dependent on the field size (which will be announced later this year).
2. Achieve the Automatic Qualifying Time for your age group and instantly gain an invite (see times above).
3. The bi-annual AbbottWMM Global Marathon, held within the Global Run Club, has 200 places available for the fastest verified finishers. Visit the Global Run Club for full details. Places available via this pathway are as follows:
The 2025 championships date and location will be announced later this year. The Sydney Marathon will host the 2024 Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships on Sunday, 15 September 2024.
Your Automatic Qualifying Time is based on your age on race day of the qualifying event which you are taking part in. See above for the full list of Automatic Qualifying Times which will earn you an instant invite.
You will only change age group if you have a time in one age group and then complete a race in your new age group.
In this case, you will automatically move into the new age group and the time achieved in your new age group will be the time used for your ranking position.
Note: we can restore your original age group’s result on request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your age on World Championship race day will determine the age group you compete in.
Please see the table further up this page.
Athletes in the rankings who have not achieved time qualification may receive an invitation based on the number of athletes who meet the Automatic Qualifying Times and do not take up their place. The number of athletes who receive invitations through this pathway will be determined during the rankings season.
We have changed the system to be based on time in order to reward the fastest athletes with automatic championship qualification.
Currently there are not enough races which have non-binary categories with sufficient numbers to create meaningful competition and accordingly the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings and Championships are unable to offer a non-binary option for qualification. This will be kept under annual review.
Elites athletes aged 40+ who are in the AIU testing pool will not be eligible to compete at the Age Group World Championships.