Another great recognition for the Ravenna Marathon City of Art which manages to increase its popularity both locally and nationally, as evidenced by the large numbers recorded in recent years with the holding of the Italian Championships and the boom in members of the Good Morning Ravenna 10.5K, both international. Precisely with a view to an ever widening of the borders, here comes a new and very important seal.
In fact, a few days ago the Ravenna Marathon has become part of the global calendar of qualifying events for the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group world rankings. The circuit, which started this year on 30 September 2019 and which will continue until 11 October 2020, the date of the Chicago Marathon, allows runners from 40 years onwards to earn ranking points, and up to two qualifying times, and the fastest runners have the chance to participate in the Abbott WMM Wanda Age Group World Championships in the spring of 2021.
From Auckland to Mexico City, from Beijing to Mumbai, from Moscow to Cape Town, passing through Los Angeles, Montreal, Dublin, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Toronto, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo, Washington and from now on also Ravenna. The marathons selected for the Abbott WMM Wanda Age Group World Qualifying Events create a real international championship, a global challenge throughout the year that offers runners from each country the opportunity to compete for a place in the World Championships. Ravenna is one of the Italian cities selected to join this incredible list.
A great honor for Ravenna Runners Club, the association that has been organizing the appointment for this year for November 8th, and for the entire city of Ravenna. A recognition that comes as further confirmation of the growth of an event that has become over time of strategic importance for the whole local area and beyond.
Tim Hadzima, executive director of Abbott World Marathon Majors, said: “The interest and excitement around the series continue to grow and, since the second edition is in full development, we are committed to working to expand into new locations for the third year. With the increase in the world ranking races, we hope to provide even more runners the opportunity to find a qualified event at hand and fulfill their dream of trying to reach the World Championships. Thanks to all our partners and race organizers who help us develop opportunities for runners from all over the world”.
“When we embarked on this adventure ten years ago – says Stefano Righini, president of Ravenna Runners Club – we would never have imagined reaching these levels. For us who start from a small Italian province, it is an incredible honor to find ourselves included in a list of such prestigious Marathons and cities. We want to consider this not only a result to celebrate together with the many people who, through their support and their work, have allowed us to achieve it, but above all a starting point for other goals to be achieved”.