A six star finisher is someone who has completed all six Marathon Major marathons; London, New York, Boston, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo.
You can complete them at any time, in any order, as long as you can send evidence that you’ve run – usually your race bib number and finishing time to Abbott. And after completing your six major, you can collect your huge medal!
I started my journey to becoming a Six Star Finisher back in London in 2012. I signed up for the marathon not able to run a mile and with no clue how many miles I’d need to run to earn that medal. All I knew was that I was running for a good cause. I got my bib for the race through the charity route, running for MIND, raising money in memory of a friend.
I signed up to NYC on a bit of a whim, only 10 weeks out from the race through a tour company (2.09 events), which was incredible. It’s an expensive race to run, but booking the flight and accommodation package through 2.09 and booking our own accommodation definitely saved some money. The race was incredible, and it was there that the Marathon Major dream was born.
The Berlin marathon used to be a ‘first come, first served’ sign up system, I was lucky to be the last year that just had to set an alarm, get online and have your credit card ready to get a bib. This race was awesome and was my PB marathon for a long (long) time.
I was going for a BQ here but failed miserably (and still have serious unfinished business in Chicago, would love to do it again). This became a ballot entry marathon in 2014, I think, and I was lucky to get in on my first year entering the ballot. This race actually gave me a real confidence knock in terms of my running ability, wondering if I was ever going to run a BQ, but the race and race weekend were awesome.
I felt to incredibly lucky to be offered a bib by Adidas for the Boston Marathon. Originally, I had said I wouldn’t do the race without a qualifying bib, but it was looking less and less likely that this would happen before I was 30. It was when my Tokyo Marathon bib fell through in 2017 that Adidas came through. Although I didn’t run a PB, I still loved the race and it made me even more determined to earn that qualifying time and return to Boston.
Ending on a bang. Tokyo’s ballot is notoriously difficult to get in to, I actually got in one of the years I applied but couldn’t afford the trip that year and they don’t let you defer your place. I was unsuccessful all the other years I tried so was grateful to Asics for helping me secure a bib and fulfilling my Six Star dream. And finishing with a PB was the perfect icing on the cake.
I’ve hear rumours that they are planning on adding more marathons to the Abbott Majors, with a high possibility of the next marathon being Singapore. Whilst I’d be a bit annoyed it they added more, it would be fun to explore more of the world running 26.2s.
Do you have the Marathon Majors on your bucket list? How would you feel if they added more to the list?