If you’re not a runner, this might just sound like a list of fun places to visit – but if you are…you most likely know that these cities share a deeper connection that starts with “World” and ends with “Majors.”
World Marathon Majors – sounds pretty amazing, right?
Started in 2006, the organizers of the Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City created the Majors as a series with a prize purse of $1 million to be divided by the top male and female marathoners of the world. Of course, motivation like that attracts the most elite of the field and subsequently, draws the attention of many running enthusiasts, spectators and fans! In fact, according to the World Marathon Majors site, the impact is so overarching that it generates “more than 5 million total on-course spectators, more than 250 million television viewers, 300,000 applicants and 150,000 participants.” Oh, and between all the exciting events, more than $80 million is generated for charity world-wide! Win-win-win, right?!
Tokyo was added to the list in 2013, and with that, the Majors became the six most well-known and highlighted races in the world.
As a running enthusiast and marathon-lover, I have to admit that I have thought about a few of these races before…Boston, of course…but being half-Japanese, Tokyo has definitely crossed my mind! My parents will likely be living in Japan until about 2015 so it would be really awesome if I can get that race in!
Since I am not an elite, I am not in any rush to win and cash in my prize money (LOL) so completing all six ‘majors’ races is definitely a long-term goal of mine. It could take 5 years, 10 years or more…but I think that journey would be worth it, no matter how long it takes. And beyond the prestige of running this exceptional races…think of those fantastic racecations! My wanderlust just ignites at the very thought!
Have YOU run any of the Marathon Majors? Which ones? Which race would you run? Any you’re not interested in?