World Marathon Majors

World Marathon Majors

October 05, 2023

2023 Chicago Marathon Women's Preview: Chepngetich Seeks 3-Peat, Hassan Returns, & Sisson v Bates

Can Ruth Chepngetich, who ran 2:14:18 in Chicago last year, get close to Tigst Assefa's 2:11:53 WR? How will Sifan Hassan do after her World Championship triple three weeks ago?
December 30, 2022

How Did THAT Happen? Remembering the Strangest Moments in Running in 2022

From "Poopgate" to the Abbott World Marathon Majors screwing over Eliud Kipchoge to Devon Allen's DQ to Max Siegel's salary, 2022 was a wild year on and off the track.
November 09, 2022

4 Final Thoughts on the 2022 World Marathon Majors Season

2022 was a historically fast year for women's marathoning, the #2-4 men's marathoners in the world might all train together, and the NYC Marathon has a security problem.
November 03, 2022

2022 NYC Marathon Men's Preview: Who Wins It & How Does Galen Rupp Do in NYC Debut?

2022 has been a rough year for Rupp; can he rebound in NYC? Plus will Kenyan men complete their WMM sweep?
September 28, 2022

World Marathon Majors Slashes Series Elite Prize Money by 69%; Are The Majors Dead?

The series used the elites to build themselves up as the majors in our sport but now is forsaking the pros once the image is established. In the process, they just screwed Eliud Kipchoge out of $200,000 after the fact as the cut is effective immediately. Wow. *MB: World Marathon Majors SLASHES series prize money by 69% effective immediately, costing Eliud Kipchoge 200k and we aren't happy.
November 09, 2021

7 Final Thoughts on the 2021 Fall Marathon Season: The US Worlds Team Is (Almost) Set, Kenya > Ethiopia, & The WMM Champions Are Crowned

With the 2021 World Marathon Majors season in the books, Jonathan Gault analyzes what we learned from a busy fall of marathon racing.
November 04, 2021

2021 NYC Marathon Men's Preview: Kenenisa Bekele Comes to America, Big Debuts for Kibiwott Kandie, Ben True

The greatest distance runner in history will race NYC for the 1st time as will American Ben True. Can True break the American NY course record? *MB: NYC men: How do Bekele and Kandie do? Can Ben True break the American course record and run 2:08 in NY?
November 03, 2021

2021 NYC Marathon Women's Preview: Olympic Champ Peres Jepchirchir Tries to Join Frank Shorter as an Immortal; What Can Molly Seidel Do for an Encore?

Not since Frank Shorter in 1972 has an athlete won the Olympics and doubled back to win a fall marathon later that year. That's what Jepchirchir is trying to do on Sunday in New York.
September 30, 2021

2021 London Marathon Men's Preview: With a Record Six Sub-2:04 Guys in the Field, Will a Challenger to Eliud Kipchoge Emerge?

There are an incredible three 2:02 guys in the field (Mosinet GeremewBirhanu LegeseTitus Ekiru) and three more 2:03 guys (Evans ChebetSisay Lemma, and Kinde Atanaw). One stud is going to win and one isn't even going to finish in the top five. *MB: With 9 sub-2:20 women, and 6 sub-2:04 men the 2021 London Marathons are the deepest in history. Who do you think will win?
October 01, 2020

London Press Conference Highlights: Brigid Kosgei Sounds Less Confident Than She Did A Year Ago, Could Ruth Chepngetich Spring The Upset?

Who sounded confident at Thursday's pre-race press conference? Find out here.
October 01, 2020

How Many Americans Will Get Lapped at the 2020 London Marathon? A Scientific Exploration

The bad news: an American is almost certain to get lapped in Sunday's London Marathon. The good news: you can get lapped in London and still run really, really fast. We preview the chances of Jared WardSara HallMolly Seidel, and Lindsay Flanagan. Could Sara Hall possibly break Deena Kastor's 2:19:36 AR?
September 30, 2020

2020 London Marathon Women's Preview: WR Holder Brigid Kosgei vs. World Champ Ruth Chepngetich in Clash of World #1 vs World #2

Like the men's race, the women's race in London is headlined by an incredible showdown: WR holder Brigid Kosgei against world champ Ruth Chepngetich. Both women have won their last 3 marathons; something's gotta give in London.
September 30, 2020

2020 London Marathon Men's Preview: What to Expect from Eliud Kipchoge & Kenenisa Bekele in the Race of the Year

It's here. We made it, people. We may have lost Boston, Berlin, Chicago, and New York, but the world's greatest marathon, London, has found a way to survive the pandemic.
October 30, 2019

2019 NYC Men's Preview: After an Epic Year of Marathoning, What Does NYC Have in Store?

NYC's elite men's field isn't deep at all, but with Geoffrey Kamworor coming in off a half marathon WR, Lelisa Desisa chasing an unprecedented Worlds/NYC double, and Jared Ward entering in terrific shape, the men's race should still be a good one.
October 01, 2019

RRW: Eliud Kipchoge, Brigid Kosgei Win Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII

Each will receive $250,000 in prize money for winning the overall series.
April 02, 2019

Abbott World Marathon Majors and Athletics Integrity Unit Announce Expanded Out of Competition Testing and Investigation Program

The WMM are putting their money into keeping the sport clean. Others like agents and sponsors need to start joining them.
January 18, 2019

The Greatest Women's Marathon Field Ever, Is This Molly Huddle's Last Chance to Run a Fast Time, & More Thoughts on the 2019 London Marathon

Jonathan Gault also breaks down Chris Derrick's sub-2:10 and says that Eliud Kipchoge will slow down, eventually.
November 22, 2017

World Marathon Majors Is Creating A Global Age Group Ranking System And Age Group World Championships

The rankings will cover age groups from age 40 to 80+. Maybe we're just low on sleep, but the point system seemed very confusing.
October 26, 2016

Abbott World Marathon Majors Awards Edna Kiplagat Series 2013-2014 Women’s Title

The press release says she still wins the $500,000 prize purse, but no mention if they are going after Rita Jeptoo for her her doped winnings.