VnExpress Marathon runners ranked internationally for age groups

By Thanh Lan   January 13, 2024 | 06:54 am PT
Runners participating in the VnExpress Marathon 2024 will be ranked by AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships and have the opportunity to attend the 6th world age championship.

Accordingly, VnExpress Marathon will send the results of this year's 42-kilometer distance athletes to AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships. Their results will be recorded along with other global athletes' results in the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings.

Qualified athletes in all age groups will be invited to participate in the 2025 world championship. Performance is based on their fastest parameters at VnExpress Marathon tournaments.

Unqualified, highly ranked athletes will still have the opportunity to participate in the tournament, depending on the scale and number of participants at AbbottWMM Wanda 2025.

To be on the list and receive invitations to participate in age group championships around the world, runners can participate in tournaments under the VnExpress Marathon system from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, by registering here.

The time and location for the 6th World Age Championship have not been announced yet. In 2024, the race is part of the Sydney Marathon taking place on Sept. 15.

Time conditions correspond to age groups according to the table below.

Age group Male Female
40-44 2 hours 35 minutes 3 hours 05 minutes
45-49 2 hours 42 minutes 3 hours 11 minutes
50-54 2 hours 48 minutes 3 hours 21 minutes
55-59 2 hours 57 minutes 3 hours 30 minutes
60-64 3 hours 10 minutes 3 hours 48 minutes
65-69 3 hours 26 minutes 4 hours 06 minutes
70-74 3 hours 40 minutes 4 hours 35 minutes
75-79 4 hours 06 minutes 5 hours 05 minutes
Over 80 4 hours 40 minutes 5 hours 25 minutes

The world age group rankings bring together more than 375 marathon tournaments in more than 90 countries. Athletes from nine age groups can participate in international marathons and gain a global ranking position.

The seven qualifying tournaments under the VnExpress Marathon system in 2024 include the events in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Quy Nhon, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Ha Long, and Hai Phong.

Athlete couple Dong Dinh and Thu Trang are regularly winners of the VnExpress Marathons 40-49 age group. Photo by VM

Dong Dinh (L) and Thu Trang have been regular winners of the VnExpress Marathon's 40-49 age group. Photo by VM

Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) is a series of six major, world-famous marathons, including the Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and the New York City Marathon.

AbbottWMM launched the AbbottWMM Wanda global age group rankings in 2018.

According to Dawna Stone, CEO of Abbott World Marathon Majors, the rankings are always growing and welcoming new tournaments each year.

"Tournaments and athletes from all over the world show the desire to compete at all ages. Being invited to participate in age group world championships is becoming a goal pursued by many people," she said.

The VnExpress Marathon is the largest running tournament system in Vietnam in terms of the number of participants.

In 2023, the system came to eight localities with seven marathons and one aquathlon, attracting nearly 75,000 runners.

This year, besides selling single tournaments, organizers have also applied discounts for runners participating in multiple tournaments, including a 5% discount for two races, 8% for three, 12% for four, 15% for five, 20% for six, and 25% for seven. Interested readers can register here.

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