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Posted: January 11, 2019:  

Athletics: Nine Events From 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Set To Be Qualifiers For Inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships

2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events in Phoenix, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Madrid, Nashville, Liverpool, San Diego, Seattle, and Montreal to provide age group athletes the opportunity to qualify for inaugural AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships

Two additional 2019 events part of IRONMAN Group portfolio, Ociane Groupe Matmut Marathon de Bordeaux Métropole in France and Runaway Noosa Marathon in Australia, also slated to be qualifiers

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2019) - A total of nine 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® events will be part of the Series 12 Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Age Group World Rankings. The Rankings provide age-group athletes the opportunity to qualify for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships, being held as part of the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2020. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events in Phoenix, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Madrid, Nashville, Liverpool, San Diego, Seattle, and Montreal as well as Ociane Groupe Matmut Marathon de Bordeaux Metropole in France and Runaway Noosa Marathon in Australia will be part of the 2019 slate of qualifiers within the IRONMAN Group portfolio.

"This is an exciting development for age group athletes and we look forward to welcoming them to our events around the world as they race to earn age group ranking points," said Andrew Messick, President and CEO for IRONMAN "The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon destinations are well-known for their motivating, on-course musical acts, energetic supporters and all-round race experience, but there is now even more of an incentive for runners to add these races into their season calendar."

The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings launched in September 2018 at the BMW BERLIN-Marathon and gives Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series competitors aged 40+ the opportunity to represent their countries with pride and passion by earning a place at the start line of the prestigious and much sought after 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, where the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships will be held, in a race-within-a-race format.

"We are very excited to have launched the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings at the BMW Berlin Marathon back in September and have more than 50 events as part of the inaugural qualifying series," said Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors. "More than 125,000 runners aged 40+ participate in AbbottWMM races each year and this new system will allow even more runners to become a part of the AbbottWMM family. Our new system gives runners a chance across the world and all year round on a truly global stage. It will give them a chance to gain recognition like never before. We are proud to be working with all our partners to take age group marathon running to the next level and showcase the achievements of these everyday champions."

Participants in the Series 12 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying races, such as the nine 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events in the United States, Canada, Spain and United Kingdom, earn points according to their age, time and gender, aligned with the following age groups for men and women: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

From 2018 through 2019, a total of 17 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and IRONMAN Group-produced marathons have been included in global list of 50 qualifying events that serve as qualifiers for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings.

A full list of 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events that are AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship Qualifiers can be found below:

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series - AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship Qualifiers

Race Location Race Date
Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon Phoenix, Arizona, USA January 20, 2019/TD>
Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon New Orleans, Louisiana, USA February 10, 2019/TD>
United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon Washington, D.C., USA March 9, 2019/TD>
EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon Madrid, Spain April 28, 2019/TD>
St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon Nashville, Tennessee, USA April 28, 2019/TD>
Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon Liverpool, UK May 26, 2019/TD>
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon San Diego, California, USA June 2, 2019/TD>
St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon Seattle, Washington, USA June 9, 2019/TD>
International Oasis Marathon of Montreal Montreal, Québec, Canada September 22, 2019/TD>

For more information on the scoring system and world rankings, visit WorldMarathonMajors.com.

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, please visit RunRocknRoll.com. For additional details on each event, please visit RunRocknRoll.com. Media may contact Press@RunRocknRoll.com.

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, please visit RunRocknRoll.com. Media may contact Press@RunRocknRoll.com.

About Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.

About IRONMAN

A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150(TM) Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit Ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Holding

Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media and marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.

About Abbott World Marathon Majors

The Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) is a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world - Tokyo Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon. Encompassing an annual series for elite runners and elite wheelchair athletes, AbbottWMM also applauds the achievements and passion of everyday champions from around the world. The new AbbottWMM Six Star System is an online results hub that celebrates every runner who has completed from one to six of the races in the series and encourages them to 'Reach For The Stars'. The AbbottWMM has also launched AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings - our first ever global age group marathon ranking system. Qualifying began in Berlin in September 2018 and includes more than 50 races across the world. The rankings will culminate at the first AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship race taking place in spring 2020. For more information, visit www.Abbottwmm.com.


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