Master athletes who participate in the Türkiye İş Bankası 45th Istanbul Marathon, on 5 November 2023, will have a chance to be invited to the 2024 Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Groups Championships!
Türkiye İş Bankası 45th Istanbul Marathon is one of the qualifying races for the World Championships for master marathoners. Runners aged 40 and over will be able to qualify for the 2024 Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Groups Championships with their performances achieved in Istanbul.
The first edition of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships was held within the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2021, and the event was scheduled to be staged every following year. In order to be qualified for the race, the runners had to score points in two races throughout a calendar year, however, in a new format for 2023, athletes will be ranked according to their single fastest time in a qualifying event.
Any athlete achieving the Automatic Qualifying Time for their age group in Türkiye İş Bankası 45th Istanbul Marathon 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.
The invite process for the 2023 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships is currently in operation. The event will be integrated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8.
The date, location and field size for the 2024 Championship will be announced in the coming weeks.
In order to receive an invitation, runners must be registered through the Runner Portal at www.worldmarathonmajors.com.
Qualifying times for the 2024 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships:
Runners aged 40 or over must achieve the following entry standards in an official qualifier race from 1 January to 31 December 2023:
In case an athlete changes age group after he/she has earned qualification, the age on World Championship race day will determine the age group he/she competes in.
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Istanbul Marathon is one of the best racecourses in Europe!
According to the criteria set by the International Association of Athletics Federations, only 9 marathons will be run in the Gold Label category in Europe. The Istanbul Marathon, which deserves to be in this important category, is shown among the best racecourse in Europe with its unique racecourse that connects the continents of Asia and Europe!
We are proud to be included in the Gold Label category by following the criteria set for road running by the international organization World Athletics Association!