Change of website address

Will members please note that the AIMS website is now available at:
and linked email addresses incorporate the same small change (with the hyphen included):

21st World Congress of AIMS

The 21st World Congress of AIMS will be held in Athens on 10-12 November 2016 at the CROWNE PLAZA ATHENS CITY CENTER (190 rooms). Other nearby hotels are available to accommodate any additional requirements.

Those who wish to participate can register online at the official Congress website:

Congress Day 1: Thursday 10 November (09.00-17.30)
  • Welcome by hosting authorities and AIMS President (09.00-09.30)
    AIMS Business: Progress reports* (09.30-11.00)
    Coffee break (11.00-11.30)
    Presentations by ASICS, Marathon Photos, R-bies (11.30-12.00)
    Distance Running – what is the future?
    Presentations by Carlo Capalbo (RRC Chairman), EAA speaker, AIMS Race directors from America and Asia (12.00-13.00)
    Lunch (13.00 – 14.30)
    International Institute of Race Medicine: Presentation by Stu Weiss (14.30-15.00)
    Presentation of bids to host 22nd World Congress of AIMS (15.00–15.45)
    Coffee break (15.45-16.15)
    Discussion groups on “what is the future?” presentations (16.15-17.00)
    Report-back to Congress floor (17.00-17.30)
    Official welcome dinner at 20.00
Congress Day 2: Friday 11 November (09.00-18.00)
  • Introduction of candidates for Board positions (09.00-09.45)
    Presentation (to be confirmed) (09.45-10.20)
    Presentation by Alessandra Pairin on “Self-broadcasting technologies”(10.20-10.55)
    Coffee break (11.00-11.30)
    Voting for venue of 22nd World Congress of AIMS (11.30-13.00)
    Lunch (13.00 – 14.30)
    Presentation by Dr Kevin Dutton: “Why do runners cheat?” (14.30-14.50)
    Interview with Diane Modahl: “When testing goes wrong” (14.50-15.10)
    Q&A session (15.10-15.30)
    Coffee break (15.30-16.00)
    Presentation by Kyle Barber on “IAAF Testing protocols” (16.00-16.30)
    Presentation by Yanis Pitsiladis on ‘An alternative testing process” (16.30-17.00)
    Concluding remarks (17.00-17.15)
    BMR Awards Dinner at 20.00
Saturday 12 November
  • Transport from Athens to Marathon (11.00-12.00)
    Athens Marathon Opening ceremony at Tomb of the Fallen Warriors (12.30-13.15)
    Congress photo (13.30-13.45)
    Marathon Flame lighting ceremony (13.45-14.00)
    Lunch at Marathon Lake (14.00-16.00)
    Transport back to Athens (16.00-17.00)
Sunday 13 November: Race day: Athens Marathon – The Authentic

* AIMS Business will consist of various reports from the Board to the Congress:
  • Progress report (Paco Borao)
  • Children’s Series report (Martha Morales)
  • Marathoneum report (Horst Milde)
  • Financial statement (Al Boka)
  • Website Report (Frank Baillie)
[as well as the voting for Board positions and next the Congress venue]


Any member interested in hosting the 22nd World Congress of AIMS, to be held sometime between June 2018 and May 2019, should contact for Congress guidelines and an application form. These forms should be completed and returned by 31 October 2016.
NOTE: No more than four venues will be considered and these will be the first four to return full information and required documentation to the secretary.

Rio 2016 Passes Health Check

Imbratur (the Brazilian Tourism Board) reports that there is no possibility to postpone or cancel the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Embratur. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated on 28 May that a possible change of the Games on health grounds would not alter the spread of the Zika virus, which is already circulating in 60 countries and territories.
Before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, researchers at the University of São Paulo, using modern methods, concluded that about three foreign tourists would contract dengue fever (transmitted by the same mosquito that spreads the Zika virus), among the 700,000 visitors visiting Brazil during the competition. In the end only three individuals were affected. It is winter in Brazil during the period of the event which is the time of year with the lowest incidence of mosquito-borne diseases.
Embratur estimates that between 300-500,000 visitors will come to Brazil for the Olympics and Paralympics. Preventive measures that are still being recommended are intended to reduce the presence of mosquitoes that transmit the disease including use of repellents. keeping doors and windows closed or screened, and wearing clothing that covers arms and legs. Travel restrictions are recommended only for pregnant women.

Changed Race Dates

Changes to the dates of member races are posted on the AIMS website as soon as notified. Those currently listed are:
  • The Minsk Half Marathon (BLR) will take place on Sun 4 September 2016, not Sun 11 September 2016 as previously published.
  • The Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon (BLR) will take place on Sun 9 October 2016, not Sun 18 September 2016 as previously published
  • The HAJ Hannover Marathon (GER) will take place on Sun 9 April 2017, not Sun 23 April 2017 as previously published.
  • The Maratón Powerade Monterrey (MEX) will take place on Sun 11 December 2016 (not Tue 13 December 2016 as previously published).
  • The Lake Balaton Supermarathon (HUN) will take place from 23–26 March 2017 (not 16–19 March 2017 as previously published).
  • The Mauritius Marathon (MRI) will take place on Sun 17 July 2016, (not Sun 24 July 2016 as previously published).
  • The Legends Marathon (RSA) will take place on Sat 1 October 2016 (not Sun 2 October 2016 as previously published).
  • The International Ergo White Nights Marathon (RUS) will take place on Sun 3 July 2016 (not Sun 26 June 2016 as previously published).
  • The Great Hakka Marathon (CHN) will take place on Sat 26 November 2016 (not Sat 19 November 2016 as previously published).
  • The El Corte Inglés São Silvestre de Lisboa (POR) will take place on Sat 31 December 2016 (not Sat 17 December 2016 as previously published).
  • The Goa River Marathon (IND) will take place on Sun 11 December 2016 (not Mon 12 December 2016 as previously published).
  • The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (IND) will take place on Sun 20 November 2016 (not Sun 27 November 2016 as previously published).
  • The Rock’n’Roll Lisbon Marathon EDP | Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon Vodafone RTP (POR) will take place on Sun 2 October 2016 (not Tue 18 October 2016 as previously published).
  • The Jakarta Marathon (INA) will take place on Sun 23 October 2016 (not Sun 30 October 2016 as previously published).

IAAF Suspension of Russian Federation

IAAF state that: “In principle, ordinary fun runners with absolutely no ties to the Russian Federation are eligible to participate.”
But that AIMS members should not negotiate the entry or participation of any Russian athletes or support personnel in their races. Further, it may be best to explicitly identify the participation of any ‘eligible’ Russian runners in advance of the race being held.

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AIMS Newsletter 331, June 2016

Forthcoming AIMS Events

Week ending 03 Jul: 6 events
Week ending 10 Jul: 1 event
Week ending 17 Jul: 1 event
Week ending 24 Jul: 2 events
Week ending 31 Jul: 4 events
Week ending 7 Aug: 6 events
Rest of August 2016: 19 events

Race Expos Coming Up

31 Jul: Medio Maraton Int’l de Bogota, COL
07 Aug: Siberian Int’l Marathon, RUS
20 Aug: Helsinki City Marathon, FIN
20 Aug: Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon, ISL
28 Aug: Maraton Int’l de Asuncion, PAR
28 Aug: Maraton Int’l Ciudad de Mexico, MEX
04 Sep: Pila Int’l Half Marathon, POL
10 Sep: Stockholm Half Marathon, SWE
11 Sep: SEB Tallinn Marathon, EST
11 Sep: Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon, HUN
11 Sep: PKO Wroclaw Marathon, POL
18 Sep: Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, RSA
18 Sep: Copenhagen Half Marathon, DEN
18 Sep: Porto Half Marathon Sport Zone, POR
25 Sep: Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, GBR
25 Sep: BMW Berlin Marathon, GER
25 Sep: PZU Warsaw Marathon, POL

IMPORTANT: When sending material to any of the above expos please ensure that it arrives during the week of the race, so that the host organisation can minimize the need for storage.

Dates to Avoid

The IAAF has fixed the dates of their forthcoming championship races as indicated below. Members are strongly urged to avoid scheduling their races on the dates listed:

26 March 2017

IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Kampala (UGA)

5-13 August 2017

IAAF World Championships in Athletics, London (GBR)

24 March 2018

IAAF World Half Marathon Championship, Valencia (ESP)


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