Panama City Marathon

1st December

It was a 5am start to beat the worst of the humidity but, that aside, this event offered a wonderful running experience. Here was a course that started in Panama city and followed the Pacific coastline for the first 5km before heading inland to follow the engineering wonder that is Panama Canal. Runners crossed Lago Miraflores and ran along the edge of rainforest to a turning point at 17km. There was another out-and-back leg along the Amadori Coastway before returning to the city.




Port of Tauranga Half

4th January

New Zealand’s Mount Maunganui is the place to go for your first half triathlon of the New Year. This is the 25th anniversary event and you might even rub shoulders with New Zealand’s greatest long-distance triathlete, Cameron Brown, who has won the event nine times. He says it’s a “must do” race over the kiwi summer and uses it as training for Ironman New Zealand eight weeks later.

Gsiesertal Lauf


16th February

Also known as Gran Fondo Valcasies, this cross-country ski event is held over two days in the German South Tyrol and Italian Dolomites. Stunning scenery and awesome snow is promised for both the 30km and 42km distances and there are also mini races of 3km and 5km. Cross-country beginners can choose the untimed stress-free 30km Just for Fun event which starts separately from the serious racers.






City Pier City


9th March

Run The Hague in Netherlands’ Royal City and choose from a half marathon, 10km, 5km or children’s, school, student and business runs. This is the event’s 40th anniversary and the setting for Kenyan runner Samuel Wanjiru’s world record half marathon time (58:33) in 2007. The course is a loop through Den Haag (The Hague), out to the North Sea coast and back to the finish at Malieveld.


Kenyan elites Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat  have been voted Best Marathon Runner 2013 at the inaugural AIMS Best Marathon Runner gala in Athens.


Wilson Kipsang placed 5th in the London Marathon in April 2013 (in 2:07:47) before going on to win the Berlin Marathon in September in a World Record time of 2:03:23, breaking the previous record by 15 seconds.

Edna Kiplagat was second woman home in the London Marathon before retaining her title of World Champion in Moscow in August 2013.

AIMS President Paco Borao said: “350 AIMS member races from over 100 countries have recognised the great achievements of these athletes in the spiritual home of the Marathon Movement, Athens. AIMS works to foster and promote distance running throughout the world, and this Gala is an excellent way to work towards achieving that mission.”


AIMS – the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races – also held its annual Athens Symposium, the day before Athens Classic Marathon. 


As a result of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, the chosen theme was marathon events and security issues.  Guest speakers addressed issues of security planning before an event and handling security after a major security incident.

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