A global age-group ranking system for marathon runners will launch in September 2018, while the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships will be held in 2020

Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM), with partners Abbott and Wanda Group, has announced the creation of a new global age-group marathon ranking system and age-group world championships.

The AbbottWMM series includes the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW Berlin, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathons, as well as the IAAF World Championships and Olympic 26.2-mile events, with the new ranking system and championships designed to celebrate the achievements of age-group marathon runners and their stories.

The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings will launch in September 2018 and the top-ranked age-group athletes will qualify to participate in the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships in the spring of 2020. The rankings will cover age groups for men and women from age 40 to 80+.

“This new initiative continues the efforts of AbbottWMM to partner with industry leaders to advance the sport of marathon running, which include a comprehensive IAAF partnership aimed at eradicating doping ​, and expanding AbbottWMM events to additional locations across the world,” read an AbbottWMM news release in part.

Tim Hadzima, AbbottWMM general manager, said: “There has been huge growth in marathon age-group running and now more than 125,000 runners aged 40+ participate in AbbottWMM races each year.

“Our series has celebrated the world’s best professional athletes for more than a decade and now it is time to formally celebrate the achievements of age-group marathon runners and the truly inspiring stories of these everyday champions.”

More on the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings, including points, qualifying and the scoring system, can be found here.