The World Marathon Majors is a championship style competition that started in 2006. It is comprised of five annual races in Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. Athletes who compete in the designated marathons will receive points for each top five finish place. Their four best performances over a two year period will be counted; if an athlete scores points in more than this number, the athlete's four best races will be scored. At least one qualifying race must be in each calendar year of a scoring period in order for an athlete to be eligible for the jackpot. In case there are equal top scores at the end of the competition the tiebreakers are head-to-head competition and, if necessary, a majority vote of the five marathons race directors. The leading man and woman at the end of each series will both win U.S. $500,000.
- Berlin Marathon, Berlin (Germany)
- Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.A.)
- Chicago Marathon, Chicago, Illinois (U.S.A.)
- London Marathon, London (United Kingdom)
- New York City Marathon, New York City, New York (U.S.A.)