Late Payment of Membership Dues

AIMS membership fees not yet paid for 2015 are already six months overdue. Any member still unpaid for the current year on 25 September will be removed from the membership listing and AIMS Calendar on the website and from Edition 4 of Distance Running.
The AIMS treasurer sends out regular reminders to those members who are in arrears. If a race finds itself in exceptional circumstances then they should communicate this to the Treasurer. Defaulting members not responding before 25 September will be removed from the membership.

New York Marathon Expo

Alan Brookes reports that:
“There 9 x 1m spaces at the AIMS stand in New York. So far six of them have been sold and three are remaining. Apart from being a good opportunity for races to get together the 1m frontage option is the bargain way to secure dedicated expo space at the New York Expo.”
Anyone interested should contact Alan at:

AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala, 6 Nov 2015

The AIMS ‘Best Marathon Runner’ Awards Gala will be held for the third time in Athens on the evening of 6 November. The following awards will be made during the evening:
BEST MARATHON RUNNER AWARDS: Leading contenders for the award in both male and female categories will be nominated during the first week in October. These will be based on performances between 01 October 2014 and 30 September 2015. AIMS member races will be asked to vote for one contender in each category before 31 October. The result will be declared for the first time during the Gala evening.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Made according to the decision of the AIMS Board of Directors to a person who has contributed significantly to the sport of Distance Running over a sustained period.
GREEN AWARD: Made by decision of the AIMS Board of Directors to the AIMS member event showing best environmental practice in the conduct of their event, on the recommendation of a specialist advisory panel
SOCIAL AWARD: Made by decision of the AIMS Board of Directors to the AIMS member event showing greatest commitment to broader social objectives in the conduct of their event.

9th AIMS Marathon Symposium, 7 Nov 2015

The 9th AIMS Marathon Symposium will be held in Athens during the morning of 7 November. Specialist speakers will address the topic of Doping in Distance Running in two sessions as relating to:
  1. “Anti-doping organizations, policies and instruments”
    • including case studies by marathon organisers
  2. “Race organisers, coaches & athletes’ battle against doping”
    • Preventive action plans towards doping threats”
    • Preparing for and reacting to doping incidents in your race”
    • Personal perceptions from elite athletes

Road Measurement Instructional Course 9-13 Nov 2015

Following the Athens Marathon – the Authentic held on 8 November an instructional course on the measurement of road races will be held from 9-13 November, based at the AIMS Headquarters in the OAKA Olympic Marathon Complex in Athens. Most places on this course have been pre-booked by those expressing interest during the last year, but if someone from your event is interested in measurement, can ride a bicycle and use a pocket calculator then please enquire of

21st World Congress in 2016

The next World Congress of AIMS will be in South America, hosted by the Quito Ultimas Noticias 15km in the Ecuadorean capital on 2-4 June 2016.
Any member interested in hosting the 22nd World Congress, to be held sometime between 01 December 2017 and 30 November 2018, should contact for Congress guidelines and an application form.

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AIMS Newsletter 323, September 2015

Forthcoming AIMS Events

Week ending 13 Sep: 16 events
Week ending 20 Sep: 13 events
Week ending 27 Sep: 5 events
Week ending 4 Oct: 22 events
Rest of Oct 2015: 59 events

Race Expos Coming Up

20 Sept: Porto Half Marathon Sport Zone
20 Sept: Siberian International Marathon
20 Sept: Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
27 Sept: Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon
27 Sept: BMW Berlin Marathon
4 Oct: Rhein Energie Marathon Koln
4 Oct: Kosice Marathon
4 Oct: Portland Marathon
4 Oct: Colombo Marathon
4 Oct: 3-Country Sparkasse Marathon
4 Oct: Turin Marathon
4 Oct: Standard Chartered KL Marathon
11 Oct: Lake Tahoe Marathon
11 Oct: Novi Sad Marathon
11 Oct: Munich Marathon
11 Oct: Euindhoven Marathon
11 Oct: Poznan Marathon
18 Oct: Medio Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso
18 Oct: TCS Amsterdam Marathon
18 Oct: Lago Maggiore Marathon
25 Oct: Frankfurt Marathon
25 Oct: Swiss City Marathon Lucerne
25 Oct: Lausanne Marathon
25 Oct: Venice Marathon
25 Oct: HeidelburgCement Tbilisi Half Marathon
26 Oct: Airtricity Dublin Marathon

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 Mar 2016

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff (GBR)

August 2017

IAAF World Championships in Athletics, London (GBR)


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