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Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo introduces volunteer pre-registration

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The Tokyo Marathon has announced a pre-registration system for volunteers. Starting with Tokyo Marathon 2017, only those who have registered in advance will be able to apply to be volunteers. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of positions available, volunteers will be selected by lottery. This replaces the previous first-come-first-served approach. The volunteers supporting the marathon operation serve as a symbol of Tokyo Marathon’s hospitality.

The marathon is limited to 35,500 runners. The provisional course goes from the Tokyo metropolitan government building, passing Nihombashi, Ryogoku and Takanawa to finish at Tokyo Station/Gyoko-dori.

The race is scheduled to take place on 26 February 2017. The Tokyo Marathon also serves as the selection race for the Japanese contenders for the Men’s Marathon in the 16th IAAF World Championships.

AIMS has a new home on the web: aims-worldrunning.org

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The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) announces that from today, Tuesday 14 June 2016, AIMS has moved to a new home online – www.AIMS-worldrunning.org – “The home of world running™”.

This change is part of an ongoing project to modernise the website and continue to provide a window to the world of running for races, runners, the worldwide media and running enthusiasts around the world.

Together with this new web address, email contact for AIMS is also being updated. AIMS headquarters can now be reached at aimshq@aims-worldrunning.org and AIMS Members looking to update their details/memberships should contact update@aims-worldrunning.org.

AIMS’ former website www.aimsworldrunning.org is no longer in use by AIMS. Please replace this address in your browser with the new address: www.AIMS-worldrunning.org and update your bookmarks.

AIMS’ former email addresses aimshq@aimsworldrunning.org and update@aimsworldrunning.org are no longer in use by AIMS. Please could you kindly replace those addresses in your email contact lists with aimshq@aims-worldrunning.org and update@aims-worldrunning.org.

Minsk Half Marathon

Race date for Minsk Half Marathon (BLR) changed

The Minsk Half Marathon (BLR) will take place on Sun 4 September 2016, not Sun 11 September 2016 as previously published.

Gran Maraton Mexiquense

Race date for Gran Maraton Mexiquense (MEX) changed

The Gran Maraton Mexiquense (MEX) will take place on Sun 5 June 2016, not Mon 6 June 2016 as previously published.

Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon

Race date for Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon (UKR) changed

The Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon (UKR) will take place on Sun 9 October 2016, not Sun 18 September 2016 as previously published.

Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K

Heat forces shorter race for some runners at Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

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Hot and humid temperatures forced a detour for some runners at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.

Shortly after 11 a.m. at around the 4-hour mark of the race, officials made a weather-based decision to close a roughly 10 kilometre stretch of the marathon course to remaining runners returning to Ottawa from Gatineau via the Alexandra Bridge.

At their pace this meant about 1 ¼ hours less time on the roads at what would be the hottest point in the day, with expected humidex readings as high as 40 degrees C.

It was a different story in the earlier part of the day, where spectators witnessed an Ethiopian sweep in both the men’s and women’s categories.
Hot weather conditions didn’t do much to slow down the frontrunners and Rio Olympic Games hopefuls, who delivered some of the marathon’s strongest performances ever. Ottawa was a preferred destination for many elite-level athletes looking to secure an Olympics berth.

Frontrunner Dino Sefir, 28, crossed the finish line in 2:08:14, nearly two full minutes ahead of fellow Ethiopian Shura Kitata, 19, who ran 2:10:04. Kenyan Dominic Ondoro rounded out the top three with a time of 2:11:39.

All three of the top female finishers this year were Ethiopians. Koren Jelela, 29, ran 2:27:06. She beat last year’s winner, 32-year-old Aberu Mekuria, who came in at 2:29:51. Third place finisher was Sechale Dalasa, 24, with a time of 2:32:46.

HAJ Hannover Marathon

Race date for HAJ Hannover Marathon (GER) changed

The HAJ Hannover Marathon (GER) will take place on Sun 9 April 2017, not Sun 23 April 2017 as previously published.

London honours

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Hugh Jones, Secretary of AIMS since 1996, received the Disley Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to marathon running in the United Kingdom over several decades.

Hugh, a Londoner himself, was the first British winner of the London men’s title in 1982 (2:09:24), has been actively involved with the event ever since, and is the AIMS/IAAF Measurer responsible for its certification. The honour first given last year to Paula Radcliffe, world record holder and three times previous winner at London, was initiated by John Disley, co-founder of the London Marathon in 1981 who died aged 87 in February 2016.

HRH Prince Harry, as Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, and Mrs Sylvia Disley, John’s widow and an Olympian herself who won bronze in the 4×100m relay at the 1952 Olympics, are pictured jointly presenting the Award to Hugh after the London Marathon on 24th April 2016.

Mainova Frankfurt Marathon

Mainova is new title sponsor of Frankfurt Marathon

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The Frankfurt Marathon has a new title sponsor for its 35th and latest edition. Mainova AG will make its debut as title sponsor for the anniversary race on 30 October, 2016. The contract will run until 2018. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, which finishes in the magnificent indoor setting of the city’s “Festhalle” or Festival Hall.

The announcement marks a new chapter in the longstanding and proven partnership between Germany’s oldest city marathon and Hessen’s biggest energy provider. Mainova has already been for some time the chief supporter of the Children’s and Youth competitions, “The Kids Race powered by Mainova” and the “Mainova Mini-Marathon”. In future the regional service provider will concentrate on the main race over 42.195 kilometres but will retain its links as partner with the junior races.

Mainova’s chairman Dr. Constantin H. Alsheimer commented: “The involvement with the Frankfurt Marathon is the guiding light of our new running sponsorship. The race is the most important mass participation sports event in the Rhein-Main region. The marathon attracts around 25,000 ambitious and committed runners to our mutual home region every year. In addition there are the hundreds of thousands of fans who cheer the runners along the course and celebrate a great festival of mass sport.”

Race director Jo Schindler expressed his delight: “Mainova AG as Germany’s fifth largest energy supplier has, with its choice of the Frankfurt Marathon in its home city, selected the best platform to give living proof of energy and sustainability. The classic race as one of the greenest marathons in the world and Mainova with its attractive Eco-offers make for a great combination.”

Maratón Powerade Monterrey

Race date for Maratón Powerade Monterrey (MEX) changed

The Maratón Powerade Monterrey (MEX) will take place on Sun 11 December 2016, not Tue 13 December 2016 as previously published.