Chengdu named as candidate race for World Marathon Majors

China’s Chengdu Marathon has been announced as an official candidate race for the World Marathon Majors (WMM) series.

The race will now begin a long-term, multi-year evaluation process conducted by the WMM to determine whether it will join the series, which currently features marathons in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.

The Chengdu Marathon is the first marathon race in China to be nominated and the announcement is in line with Dalian Wanda’s plans to expand the series into new markets. The Chinese conglomerate agreed a strategic partnership with the WMM group in April 2017, with the collaboration designed to lead to new races in China and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

The Chengdu Marathon first took place in 2017, co-hosted by the Chinese Athletic Association and the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government. This year’s race will take place on October 27.

The event will this year feature 30,000 participants, with its prize money, athlete service level and course design all having been significantly upgraded.

Over the past two years, the marathon has attracted 48,000 runners from over 54 countries and regions. Wanda Sports became the race’s organiser and promoter in 2018.