|Runners participating in the 2018 Chengdu Internationa Marathon. Photo courtesy of China Daily|
Another city marathon could soon be joining Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, New York and Chicago city marathons as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
The China Athletic Association, Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Wanda Group and the Abbott World Marathon Majors have announced the Chengdu Marathon as an official candidate race for the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM).
“As a candidate race, the Chengdu Marathon will begin a long-term, multi-year evaluation process conducted by the AbbottWMM. The Chengdu Marathon is the first marathon race in China to be nominated as a candidate race, aspiring to join the esteemed ranks of the Tokyo Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Virgin Money London Marathon, the BMW Berlin Marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the TCS New York City Marathon as a member of the prestigious Abbott World Marathon Majors in a few years’ time,” informs AbbottWMM.
With the key element of the Abbott World Marathon Majors being the Six Star program where runners aim to complete all six majors in their lifetime in order to receive a special Six Star Finisher medal, they could be going for a seven-star medal in the near future. More than 6,000 runners globally have achieved the six-star finisher medals already.
The 2019 edition of Chengdu Marathon will take place on October 27, 2019. The inauguration took place in 2017, co-hosted by the Chinese Athletic Association and the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government. Since its establishment, the marathon has been striving to become the most influential and popular marathon in China.
Race registration will open in June. The number of participants will increase to 30,000. And, in order to fit the international image of the competition, the event name will be changed from "Chengdu International Marathon" to "Chengdu Marathon". In addition, the prize money, athlete service level, the internationalization level of organization and the course design will be upgraded comprehensively.
According to the organizers, the race will start from the Jinsha Site Museum, pass through the Qintai Road, Wangjiang Pavilion and other historical and cultural attractions. The second half of the course will mostly cover the "Golden passage"- Tianfu Avenue, which has forged Chengdu into a highly international city.
Wanda Sports became the organizer and promoter in 2018. The level of participation and competition has been significantly improved and the race has won unanimous praise from runners and media.
Wanda Sports 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.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province which is home to 16 million people. It is located in the center of the Sichuan Province, southwestern China. It's a scientific and technological center, trade center, financial center, transportation and communication hub of Southwestern China; a famous historical and cultural city that attracted 15 million tourists globally last year.