The inaugural AIMS Asia-Pacific Conference was held on 12-13 June in Penang, Malaysia at the St-Giles Wembley Hotel.
Hosted by the Penang Bridge Half Marathon, this was the first such conference ever staged in Asia and Oceania.
Race organisers from as far afield as Australia, Japan and Sri Lanka attended as well as some from outside the region including keynote speaker Carlo Capalbo of the Prague Marathon,
He spoke about the concept behind the 'Running Mall" which has operated in the Czech capital for the last two years. The programme continued with presentations on social media strategy for races and what factors must be put in place to facilitate a world record breaking race. Attendees divided into two groups for discussion on how to attract runners to their events from increasingly far away rather than just the neighbouring countries and re-formed to compare findings. A final session addressed the successful strategy behind two formerly elite-only Japanese races - Tokyo Marathon and Nagoya Women's Marathon - to reinvent themselves as mass participation events.
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Regional conferences have previously been held in Africa and South America. The next is planned for Capetown in September 2015.


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.

A Slow Week...

In the ‘forthcoming events’ listing (see right column) there is one weekend (11-12 July) next month for which no AIMS member races are scheduled. This is an exceptional circumstance: with close on 400 members there are on average seven or eight AIMS events held each week, and in some weeks as many as 15.

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AIMS Newsletter 321, June 2015

Forthcoming AIMS Events

Week ending 5 Jul: 2 events
Week ending 12 Jul: 0 events
Week ending 19 Jul: 1 event
Week ending 26 Jul: 7 events
Week ending 2 Aug: 2 events
Rest of August 2015: 16 events

Race Expos Coming Up

19 Jul: Marathon de l'Ile Maurice
26 Jul: Rio de Janeiro City Marathon
09 Aug: Maraton Int’l Ciudad de Asuncion
09 Aug: Angkor Empire Marathon
15 Aug: Helsinki City Marathon
22 Aug: Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon
30 Aug: Mandela Day 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:

22-30 August 2015

IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Beijing (CHN)

26 Mar 2016

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff (GBR)

August 2017

IAAF World Championships in Athletics, London (GBR)


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