First things first
I’ll be running in my first World Marathon Majors race this year in New York!
Monday, 30 April 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Monday, 26 December 2011
Many wonders what the World Marathon Majors is all about. Well, you can find out more by clicking its logo above to visit the website, or you can just continue reading this post. Either way, you will not be disappointed.
First of all, the World Marathon Majors, or the WMM is a series of 5 biggest marathons in the world; Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. The IAAF World Athletics Championships, and the Olympic Games, will be included if it falls on the year the games are held. For example, in 2012, there will be 6, instead of 5 events, with the inclusion of the London Olympics. It was officially incepted in 2006, with the first prize money given out to top runners in 2007.
Runners who race in these marathons will compete in a two-year-long championship series, to bag the US$1 million purse. Each WMM series will overlap between the years, meaning the second year, will overlap the first of the next e.g. the second year of the 2010-2011 competition, which is 2011, will also be the first year of the 2011-2012 competition. The schedule of the 2011-12 series is listed below.
17 April 2011: Virgin London Marathon
18 April 2011: Boston Marathon
27 August 2011: IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 (women)
4 September 2011: IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 (men)
25 September 2011: BMW BERLIN-MARATHON
9 October 2011: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
6 November 2011: ING New York City Marathon
16 April 2012: Boston Marathon
22 April 2012: Virgin London Marathon
5 August 2012: London Summer Olympics 2012 (women)
12 August 2012: London Summer Olympics 2012 (men)
30 September 2012: BMW BERLIN-MARATHON
7 October 2012: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
4 November 2012: ING New York City Marathon
Athletes will be allocated points according to their finishing position, though they are restricted to the Top 5 finishers only (1st 25; 2nd 15; 3rd 10; 4th 5 and 5th 1). At the end of the series, these points are totaled, and the athletes; male and female, with the most points winning it. Both the top male and female runners will then share equally the US$1 million prize money.
Here are the list of winners of the World Marathon Majors series, since it started in 2006. The Kenyans have dominated the male category (DUH!), while the Europeans have dominated the female category, although an Ethiopian won the first WMM series in 2007. Take note that Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya, two-time series winner in 2009 and 2010, and a Beijing 2008 Olympics Marathon gold medalist, died in May this year. God knows what he would have accomplished had he still be alive right now.
|Male||Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot||Kenya|
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and Good Luck!
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