Maybe you’ve heard of the Big Five? The elusive, exotic and awe inspiring to see in the wild animals of Africa. Well runners have a similar set of must see’s that are hard to get in to and see on foot, the Big Six.
There are the marathon maniacs, the half marathon maniacs, the bling chasers, the 50 staters and my best friend the all 50 states by 25 race seekers. There’s even a very small group that do what’s called the World Marathon Challenge, which is a marathon on all 7 continents in 7 days…can you say, stinky, ouch and look fast before it’s gone.
But what about hitting up the World Majors? Do you even know what the 6 World Major Marathons are??For many runners, once they’ve crossed that first 26.2 finish line there’s a need for a bigger goal. And a goal that involves a lot of runcations is all the more exciting! So if that’s you, here are what many consider the 6 must run marathons.
The World Marathon Majors Series was founded in 2006with a goal of promoting running by pitting the best male and female runners around the world is six of the largest most fantastic marathons.
The elite runners earn points for winning (or placing) in each race. They’re required to run at least two qualifying races, but can run more if they’re super ambitious, they only get points from two races.
The top six after all races, split a pot of $1 million.Now, I know we aren’t out there to win, but that’s the great thing about running, you don’t have to be an elite to enjoy the same experience…in fact you just get longer to enjoy each race :). AND BONUS points because they do actually feature the everyday runner who completes all Six in their Six Star Finishers List and with a special certificate.
What are the races?
Enough already, what are the must run races:
- Tokyo Marathon
- Boston Marathon
- Virgin Money London Marathon
- BMW BERLIN-MARATHON
- Bank of America Chicago Marathon
- TCS New York City Marathon
In August, there was an announcement of a buyout which hopes to further expand the series thus adding more races, especially in Asia.Need a new #running goal? Time to start planning for the must run races! #bibchat Click To Tweet
How to run all six?
If you’re interested in trying to do this as a non-elite, read my friend Charlie’s post!She goes in to all the details of requirements for each race and all the lottery information you’ll need! It’s going to take a little more planning than your local 5K Turkey Trot.I can’t believe I’ve only done NYC on the list and truly London is the next one I would LOVE to do…then Berlin…then…dang it a slippery slope.
Who has won?
If you’re anything like me and find yourself glued to the TV when the NYC and Boston marathons are televised, marveling at the long smooth strides of these majestic creatures plowing through 5 minute miles, well then a few of the recent winners will likely ring a bell:
- Mary Keitany
- Edna Kiplagat
- Eliud Kipchoge
- Geoffrey Mutai
Why do we care?
You might look at these massive races and find out how hard it is to get in to them and of course realize you aren’t in the running for that $1 million and think, ehh who cares? At which point I would question your runner card, just kidding..mostly.
- We care because they all happen to pretty amazing races.
- We care because it’s super fun to have a big crazy goal.
- We care because runners are always chasing the next new goal, the ways to keep it fun and interesting.
- We care because we want the world to keep getting more excited about our sport.
- We care because traveling and running is like peanut butter and jelly…perfection!
Not quite up for a marathon, then checkout my MUST run half marathons across the US. The half marathon is my all time favorite distance, which is why though I’ve done 8 marathons, I’ve only knocked out one of the majors!
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