22nd World Congress of AIMS

Tallinn wins 22nd AIMS World CongressThe next World Congress of AIMS will be held in Tallinn (EST) from 6-8 September 2018.

A dedicated website is available at:

Registrations can be made online at:

23rd World Congress of AIMS

Any member wishing to apply to host the 23rd World Congress of AIMS, sometime between March 2020 and February 2021, should contact the AIMS secretary ( for Congress guidelines and an application form.

AIMS Children's Series

Photo: Meeta Meher © Meeta MeherThe final event of 2017 was held on 26 November in Khanivali (IND) a small village about 80km north of Mumbai. This year the course was changed from out-back to become point-to-point, allowing more children to be included.

There were three age groups both for boys and girls, the children being from grades 8, 9 and 10. A total of 610 registered and 550 participated.

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Photo: Meeta Meher © Meeta Meher

In case you missed...

AIMS Marathon SymposiumA short summary of presentations at the 11th AIMS Marathon Symposium appears here.
Presentations can be downloaded at:

A commemorative photo taken at the start line of Athens Marathon - the Authentic can be downloaded at:

The Hellenic Athletics Federation, the Athens Authentic Marathon and the Region of Attica are co-organisers of all these events which are sponsored by the Greek National Tourism Organisation and Athens International Airport.

Int'l Institute For Race Medicine

IIRMThe International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM) is the medical advisory body to AIMS and two of its Board members, Chris Troyanos and George Chiampas, are directly available to AIMS as advisors.
IIRM offers membership to AIMS member races at an introductory rate of $100 for one year. For a limited time members can apply for a grant to cover the one-year membership. Up to 100 eligible events will be awarded such grants provided by the UK-based Matthew Good Foundation (MGF).

Register of Doping Offenders

The US company Road Race Management maintains a listing of current and past road running and track and field athletes convicted of dope testing offences at:

Russian Federation Suspension

Those Russian athletes suspended under the IAAF ban are listed on
AIMS members should not negotiate the entry or participation of any Russian athletes or support personnel (agents, coaches, etc.) in their races but: “In principle, ordinary fun runners with absolutely no ties to the Russian Federation are eligible to participate.” It is best to explicitly identify the participation of any ‘eligible’ Russian runners in advance of the race being held to avoid any misunderstanding with media outlets.

A recent inquiry from Comrades Marathon has highlighted the need to define an ‘ordinary fun runner’ as a Russian place-winner in the women’s race completed the course at 5min/km pace. Further advice is being sought from IAAF.

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 SSQ Quebec City Marathon (CAN) will take place on Sun 14 October 2018, not Sun 26 August 2018 as previously published.
  • The Tokushima Marathon (JPN) will take place on Sun 25 March 2018, not Sat 24 March 2018 as previously published.
  • The Helsinki City Marathon (FIN) will take place on 19 May 2018
  • The Paavo Nurmi Marathon (FIN) will take place on 18 August 2018
  • The Marathon Vert D’Agadir (MAR) will take place on Sun 15 April 2018, not Sun 22 April 2018 as previously published.
  • The AUDIREVI Lake Maggiore Half Marathon & 10km (ITA) will take place on Sun 4 March 2018, not Sun 11 March 2018 as previously published.
  • The Madagascar Marathon & Half-Marathon (MAD) will take place on Sat 9 June 2018, not Sun 17 June 2018 as previously published.
  • The Econet Victoria Falls Marathon (ZIM) will take place on Sun 1 July 2018, not Sun 17 June 2018 as previously published.
  • The Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru (IND) will take place on Sun 13 May 2018, not Sun 20 May 2018 as previously published.
  • The Gammon China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon (HKG) will take place on Sun 28 January 2018, not Sun 21 January 2018 as previously published.

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AIMS Newsletter 346, January 2018

Forthcoming AIMS Events

Week ending 21 Jan: 8 events
Week ending 28 Jan: 6 events
Week ending 4 Feb: 5 events
Week ending 11 Feb: 4 events
Week ending 18 Feb: 6 events
Week ending 25 Feb: 10 events
Week ending 4 Mar: 8 events
Rest of March: 21 events

Race Expos Coming Up

21 Jan: Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon (ESP)
28 Jan: Funchal Marathon (POR)
28 Jan: Taipei Standard Chartered Marathon (TPE)
04 Feb: Napoli City Half Marathon (ITA)
09 Feb: Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon (UAE)
10 Feb: 27km For Freedom (RSA)
25 Feb: Maritzburg City Marathon (RSA)
25 Feb: Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon (SEY)
4 Mar: Logicom Cyprus Marathon (CYP)
9 Mar: Jerusalem Marathon, Half & 10km (ISR)
18 Mar: Athens Half Marathon (GRE)
18 Mar: Stanley Marathon (FLK)
25 Mar: Novi Sad Half Marathon (SRB)
31 Mar: Old Mutual Two Oceans 56km Marathon (RSA)

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:

24 March 2018

IAAF World Half Marathon Championship, Valencia (ESP)

30 March 2019

IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Aarhus (DEN)

28 Sep – 6 Oct 2019

IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Doha (QAT)


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