• Slider Image

Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings

The AACR Philadelphia Marathon is proud to be a qualifying race for the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings.

How it works:

The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings comprise over 375 qualifying races in over 90 different countries in which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in marathons across the world to earn a global ranking.

Athletes will be ranked according to their single fastest time in a qualifying event. This new system started in 2023 with great success.

Any athlete achieving the Automatic Qualifying Time for their age group will receive an immediate invitation for the 2024 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

Runners who do not achieve the Automatic Qualifying Time still have the opportunity to receive an invitation to enter the World Championship depending on the full field size and the number of athletes achieving the qualifying time.

In order to receive an invitation, runners must be registered at www.worldmarathonmajors.com

The date, location and field size for the 2025 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships will be announced in the coming weeks.

2023 Qualifying times

Age Group Men Women
40-44 02:35 03:05
45-49 02:42 03:11
50-54 02:48 03:21
55-59 02:57 03:30
60-64 03:10 03:48
65-69 03:26 04:06
70-74 03:40 04:35
75-79 04:06 05:05
80+ 04:40 05:25

As an FYI, qualifiers from the fifth edition of the rankings, which close December 2023, will compete in the 2024 championship, as part of the 2024 Sydney Marathon. The invite process for this event will happen early 2024.

The rankings cover age groups from 40 to 80+ for men and women as follows:

  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80+

Ranking FAQ

There are three ways to qualify for the championships.

Full details here [https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/rankings/how-it-works]

1. Achieve the Automatic Qualifying Time for your age group (see above for listed times).

2. Other highly ranked athletes without an Automatic Qualifying Time may also receive an invitation (depending on the full field size and the number of athletes achieving the qualifying time).

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.

The date, field size and location will be announced in due course.
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.

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 [email protected]

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 automatic 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.