World Marathon Majors

The World Marathon Majors ( WMM short ) is an association of marathon organizers. They were on 23 January 2006 by the directors Guy Morse ( Boston Marathon ), David Bedford ( London Marathon ), Mark Milde ( Berlin Marathon ), Carey Pinkowski ( Chicago Marathon ) and Mary Wittenberg (New - York -City Marathon ) initiated. Since 2 November 2012, is also the Tokyo Marathon part of the WMM. They are open to other major tour operators.

The creation of this international Laufcup - rating the five race directors want to develop the sport of running further, pay more attention to the athletes and to promote the public interest in the elite race.

  • 3.1 series
  • 3.2 rating
  • 3.3 Prizes
  • 4.1 Series 1 (2006/ 07)
  • 4.2 Series 2 (2007/ 08)
  • 4.3 Series 3 (2008/ 09)
  • 4.4 Series 4 (2009 /10)
  • 4.5 Series 5 (2010 /11)
  • 4.6 Series 6 (2011 /12)
  • 4.7 Series 7 (2012 /13)


World's Best Marathon Runner

In November 2003, ING Groep, the introduction of the ING Marathon World Ranking announced surprisingly, in order to determine a gender across the world's best marathon runners. In the complex rating system, among others, the distance to the world record and course records related marathon events should also be included as bonuses for placements of the fastest runners. In a two-year evaluation period in addition to the marathon in New York City as a finalist and the marathons in the Olympics and the World Championships in Athletics the following races should be considered:

  • Tokyo International Women's Marathon
  • Fukuoka Marathon
  • Osaka Women's Marathon
  • Tokyo International Women's Marathon
  • Rotterdam Marathon
  • Paris Marathon
  • London Marathon
  • Boston Marathon
  • Berlin Marathon
  • Brussels Marathon
  • Chicago Marathon
  • Beijing Marathon
  • Amsterdam Marathon

Prizes were provided for the first ten.

Immediately protested the organizers of London, Boston, Chicago and Berlin, however - not only because they saw with their sponsors conflicts, but mainly because the evaluation system having serious weaknesses. They argued that the detection of records is a matter of bodies such as the IAAF and not commercial enterprises.

Although ING announced to carry out the project with the remaining operators, this initiative was first in the sand.

World's largest race

Under the name of The Greatest Race on Earth or DIM is announced in October 2004, the Standard Chartered Bank, a cross-functional team evaluation sponsored by her four marathons ( Nairobi Marathon, Mumbai Marathon Singapore Marathon and Hong Kong Marathon ), which still same month opened with the Nairobi Marathon and completed the following year with the Hong Kong Marathon. The teams were allowed to be combined in any way, including gender -border or only from one and the same slider exist. A requirement was an application has been in the set in advance which team member would participate in which running.

Was considered the total accumulated time of all four races. In addition to a main evaluation also those made ​​by nationality, gender and individual performance.


The standard of the World Marathon Majors has been developed in consultation with the IAAF. It is in running a novelty dar. Unlike other performance comparisons are not considered the times achieved but only the rankings. This one tries to be different route profiles and conditions of the associated events and the resulting different times meet.


The five annual races in Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York as well as the marathon race at the Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships IAAF athletes can earn points for each series. After each of these races, the five best men and women receive according to their rankings points.

At the end of a two-year series one million U.S. dollars will be divided equally among the winners and the winner. Who has the most points, wins. The prize money of one million dollars is awarded annually, so that the two-year series overlap each other. The first series 2006-2007 follow the series 2007-2008, 2008-2009, etc.

A maximum of four races an athlete can be considered within a two-year series. To win the jackpot, an athlete must have gone at least one of the series races per year.


WMM events of two consecutive years form a WMM series. The first began on 17 April 2006 with the Boston Marathon and ended on November 4, 2007 with the New York City Marathon. In addition to the marathon of WMM also the Olympic Games and the World Championships are counted. This includes the first series of eleven races including the marathon of the World Championships in Athletics 2007. Episode series will overlap with the first, so that in future an annual nomination of the winner is possible.


Eligibility attained, who participates in at least one WMM competition per calendar year. Points can only be achieved at competitions of a WMM series. A maximum of four WMM races to go in the standings with one - it can thus maximum of 100 points ( 4 wins, which are scored with 25 points ) can be achieved.

Achievable points:

  • 25 for a win
  • 15 for a secondary offering
  • 10 for a third- placement
  • 5 for a fourth placement
  • 1 for a fifth place

The best results of a maximum of four series are added. Case of a tie is decided by a direct comparison, if necessary, decide a majority vote of the five WMM race directors concluded.


Currently, suspended for the best wife and the best man for $ 500,000. The winners will each be honored in New York City.

Final results

Series 1 (2006/ 07)

→ Main article: World Marathon Majors 2006/ 07

The winners were Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN ) with 80 points ( victories in Boston in 2006 and 2007, and Chicago in 2006, fourth place in Chicago in 2007 ) in men and Gete Wami ( ETH) with 80 points (Victory in Berlin in 2006 and 2007, second places in London in 2007 and New York 2007).

Series 2 (2007/ 08)

→ Main article: World Marathon Majors 2007/ 08

For men, Martin Lel Kiptoo (KEN ) won with 76 points (Victory in London in 2007 and 2008, and in New York in 2007, fifth place at the 2008 Olympics ). For women, there was a tie of 65 points between the German Mikitenko (second place in Berlin in 2007, victories in London in 2008 and Berlin 2008 ) and the Ethiopian Gete Wami ( victory in Berlin in 2007, second-place in London in 2007 and New York 2007, third place in London 2008). Since in a direct comparison, each the other had struck once, the vote of the WMM race directors had to decide unanimously declared the Mikitenko the winner of the series.

Series 3 (2008/ 09)

→ Main article: World Marathon Majors 2008/ 09

When Samuel Kamau Wanjiru won the men's (KEN ) with 90 points ( victories at the 2008 Olympic Games as well as in London and Chicago in 2009, second place in London 2008). In the women won, as in the previous series, Mikitenko with 90 points (Victory in London 2008 and 2009 and in Berlin in 2008, second place in Chicago 2009).

Series 4 (2009 /10)

→ Main article: World Marathon Majors 2009/10

Once again triumphed in the men's Samuel Kamau Wanjiru. His three victories ( London 2009, Chicago in 2009 and 2010 ) gave 75 points. In women, the Russian Liliya Schobuchowa sat with 85 points by (Victory in Chicago in 2009 and 2010 and in London in 2010, third place in 2009 in London ).

Series 5 (2010 /11)

→ Main article: World Marathon Majors 2010/11

In the men of Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai Kipchirchir secured the win with a second place in the final race of New York City, with whom he maintained 70 points. Previously, he was in London and New York City became second in 2010 and won in London in 2011. In the women again triumphed Liliya Schobuchowa. Two wins in Chicago, a victory in London in 2010 and a second place at the same place in 2011 resulted in 90 points.

Series 6 (2011 /12)

For men the Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai Kiprono won by a large margin. He won the races in Boston and New York in 2011 and in Berlin in 2012. Among women, his compatriot Mary Keitany Jepkosgei came in the first place, which was victorious in London in two years.

Series 7 (2012 /13)

The rating for the men won Tsegay Kebede of Ethiopia, the 2013 took first place in Chicago in 2012, and London. In the women won the Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo. It was in 2013 in London and New York successfully.