European Spring Marathons enable Athletes to Qualify for Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships

LONDON, England. (Dec. 11, 2018) Wanda Sports Holding are thrilled to announce that the best age-group runners in Europe will now have the chance to qualify in their region for a prestigious, newly-created Marathon Age-Group World Championship, culminating at the iconic 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Runners have the opportunity to battle it out on the streets of Liverpool, Bordeaux and Madrid – as well as an additional 11 venues in Europe – and accumulate points in the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group World Rankings with the top ranked age-group competitors qualifying to race in England’s historic capital city.
The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings launched at the BMW Berlin Marathon in September, with competitors racing in nine different age groups, all looking to guarantee that elusive place in London where they will compete for glory in the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.
In total, there are 50 qualifying marathons taking place around the world in the one-year qualifying-period which runs through to the final race on September 29, 2019. Athletes can earn points for their performances during those races, with the top-ranked athletes in each age-group earning the right to race in London, at the race-within-a-race format, as part of the Virgin Money London Marathon.
For interested runners, places are still available for qualifying races including these three marathons that will be hosted in the spring.
Ociane Groupe Matmut Marathon de Bordeaux Métropole takes place on April 27, 2019, where athletes will enjoy the unique challenge of a twilight race laid down in the charming and picturesque French city of Bordeaux, illuminated by light and the energy of thousands of passionate supporters.

EDP Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Marathon takes place on April 28, 2019, and competitors will descend on Spain’s historic capital city, where they will race to the beat of the fervent support of the Madrileños. Athletes will race past landmarks such as the Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid and will be inspired to race their best in a truly emotive atmosphere.
Just over a month later, on May 26, at Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon, thousands of athletes will battle it out on the same streets walked by John, Paul, George and Ringo, collectively known as The Beatles, who originated in Liverpool in 1960. The race course takes in some of the best-known sights in the United Kingdom, including The Cavern Club and the Albert Docks, as well as Anfield and Goodison Park, homes to Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club, respectively.
There are 14 races in Europe that are classified as AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying races for the 2018/19 season:
BMW Berlin Marathon (Sept 16, 2018)
Absolute Moscow Marathon (Sept 23, 2018)
Kosice Peace Marathon (Oct 7, 2018)
TCS Amsterdam Marathon (Oct 21, 2018)
SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon (Oct 28, 2018)
Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon | Phoenix, Arizona, USA | January 20, 2019
Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA | February 10, 2019
United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon | Washington, D.C., USA | March 9, 2019
Generali Milano Marathon (Apr 7, 2019)
St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon | Nashville, Tennessee, USA | April 28, 2019
Ociane Groupe Matmut Marathon de Bordeaux Métropole (Apr 27, 2019)
EDP Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Marathon (Apr 28, 2019)
Virgin Money London Marathon (Apr 28, 2019)
Helsinki City Marathon (May 18, 2019)
Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon (May 26, 2019)
Asics Stockholm Marathon (Jun 1, 2019)
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon | San Diego, California, USA | June 2, 2019
St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon | Seattle, Washington, USA | June 9, 2019
Absolute Moscow Marathon (Sept 22, 2019)
International Oasis Marathon of Montreal | Montreal, Québec, Canada | September 22, 2019
BMW Berlin Marathon (Sept 29, 2019)

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