The Sydney Marathon is aiming to become the seventh Abbott World Marathon Major. According to organisers, no one is better placed to help make this happen than their existing athletics fraternity. Apparently, if you have ever thought about running a marathon to tick it off the bucket list. The next go is on Sunday, September 17.
The race has a few things going for it, for example, it is the Australian Marathon Championships. The event is the inaugural Australian Age Group Marathon Championships and the Australian Clubs Marathon Championships.
It takes place in Australia and of course Sydney, what more does a destination marathon runner need?
Fields for Sydney Marathon on 17 September including Tamirat Tola, Gabriel Geay and Angela Tanui. pic.twitter.com/1r5GIUw92A— Emily Evans (@RunEmilyERun) July 11, 2023
The only thing that may need to change as organisers look at the possibility of applying to the Marathon Majors is the date. Currently, Sydney takes place one week before the Berlin Marathon. Is that too close? That may not matter as London and Boston are also run one week apart.
“We’re thrilled to announce The Sydney Marathon, presented by ASICS, as a candidate race for the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM). Run one of the world’s most scenic marathon courses, taking in some of Sydney’s most spectacular and historic landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Over the next three years, the Sydney Marathon will be required to meet strict criteria to achieve ‘Majors’ status by 2025. If successful, Sydney Marathon will join an esteemed group of races, Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, TCS London Marathon, BMW-Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.”