We all know that running an Abbott World Marathon Major is no easy task. I think the actual running portion of your experience might be the easy part! Gaining entry into a World Marathon Major is the hard part! There are various ways to run the Marathon Majors: lottery/ballot, charity entry, qualification and tour operators. We are 3 months into 2018 already. The New York City Marathon lottery results were released last week. Unless you have already secured a spot into the 2018 Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago or NYC Marathon (or you plan to run for charity), your chances of running a 2018 race have passed. Most of us runners plan well in advance our upcoming races, and if we are planning on running on of the Marathon Majors, we need to plan way ahead of time.
I have tried my best to find the race dates for the year 2019. The lottery periods are not official, so please refer to each individual race website for more details. I will update this post as soon as those dates are finalized and as soon as I have more information. But mark this post, and refer back to it if you're interested in running a WMM in 2019. Again, the following dates are TENTATIVE or NOT CONFIRMED. They are subject to change.
See my previous post: How to Get Into An Abbott World Marathon Majors
Tokyo Marathon 2019: Sunday, march 3rd 2019
NEW FOR 2019. In years past, the Tokyo Marathon was always held on the last Sunday in February. On December 13th 2017, the Tokyo Marathon announced that the Tokyo Marathon will be held on the first Sunday in March from 2019 onward. News from the Tokyo Marathon Foundation:
"Tokyo Marathon Foundation has announced the race date of the Tokyo Marathon for 2019 onward, after the board meeting that was held yesterday, December 12, 2017."
＜Tokyo Marathon Race Date＞
Until 2018：The last Sunday in February
From 2019 onward: The first Sunday in March
Lottery period: In years past, the lottery was held in August for a February race. I assume the lottery period will still be in August. But with the change in race date, I am uncertain if the lottery will continue to be held in August.
Lottery details: The lottery took place from August 1-31st 2017. Runners entered online.
Runners were notified: September 24th, 2017 by email.
Charity runners applied from July 1-31st 2017 for the 2018 race.
Run As One "Semi Elite" runners applied on July 7th for the 2018 race.
For more information, please refer to the Tokyo Marathon website.
Boston Marathon 2019: Monday April 15th 2019
Register: Registration period will be held on Monday, September 10th 2018 at 10am
Those selected for the 2018 race were notified on September 27th, 2017 at the latest.
From the BAA website: Registration for the 2018 race took place on Monday, September 11th. Here's what the BAA had to say about the registration period:
If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 11, through Saturday, September 16), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (Sept. 18-20) will not be first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among these submissions will be given entry as space allows. If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 25, registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached.
Admission is rolling.
Receive updates from the Boston Marathon: here
London Marathon 2019: Sunday April 28th 2019
Lottery period: For 2019 race, the lottery/ballot period is now over.
Runners were notified the first week of October 2017 for the 2018 race.
Sign up for the London Marathon newsletter: here
Berlin Marathon 2019: (Not Confirmed) Sunday September 29th 2019
Lottery period: Last year the lottery was held from October 18 to November 8, 2017
Runners were notified: November 30th - December 4th for the 2018 race
Sign up for the Berlin Marathon newsletter: here
Chicago Marathon 2019: (Not confirmed) October 13th 2019
Lottery period: October - November
Last year the lottery took place: October 31st - November 30th 2017 for the 2018 race
Runners were notified: Tuesday, December 12th 2017 for the 2018 race
Sign up for the Chicago Marathon newsletter: here
New York City Marathon 2019: (not confirmed) Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Lottery period: January - February
This year the lottery took place from: January 15 - February 15, 2018 for the 2018 race
Runners were notified: February 28th 2018
For notifications on the NYC Marathon and other NYRR events, sign up for an account: here
I will do my best to update this post with accurate dates when they are available. Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, on social media I will post updates when application periods for these races open. So follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and I will post when race application periods are open. I also will email updates if you subscribe to my blog.
Good luck with the 2018 and 2019 races and sign-up periods!