Cadbury Marathon


15 January

Start and finish at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Hobart and enjoy some of the city’s best scenery along the banks of the Derwent River. What’s not to like – especially when there’s a choice of full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km, kids’ mini marathon – and chocolate when it’s all over?

Gatineau Loppet


17-19 February

The biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada began in 1979 as a 55km and 35km ski race in Quebec’s Lachute region and was known as Rivière Rouge. Its growing popularity led to a move in 1983 to Gatineau Park in the northern part of Hull, Quebec and a new name. There have been other name and distance changes over the years – but since its 30th anniversary in 2008, it has been the Gatineau Loppet.

Great Lake Relay


18 February



Grab your friends, family or work colleagues together and join this amazing running or walking event around or along the length of Lake Taupo. Renown as being the best team building exercise of all time, the ultimate Team Relay has been described by participants as the most social and scenic event in New Zealand. 

Bath Half Marathon


12 March

Entries are almost sold out for this flat, fast event straddling both sides of the river Avon but avoiding all the hills surrounding the city. It is an ‘honest’ two-lap course with proven PB criteria and entirely traffic-free. This is a ‘Big City’ race, starting & finishing in Great Pulteney Street – with a roadway spanning 46 feet – one of the widest Georgian boulevards in Europe and a course that threads through the heart of this historic city.


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Running is booming around the world, an audience representing over 400 cities in over 100 countries and territories heard at the AIMS Congress in Athens, Greece.


The ‘Athens Marathon, the Authentic’ in Greece has seen growth from 5,000 runners to 50,000 in the last 10 years reported Athens Marathon General Manager, Makis Asimakopoulos.


William Ko Chairman of The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon reported that his race has seen an increase from 1,076 runners in 1997 to 74,000 in 2016. Millions of runners around the world are enjoying the sport plus the physical and mental health benefits it brings.


AIMS President Paco Borao commented on the considerable growth and success of the marathon movement and on its significance as the world’s ‘original and most affordable sport’.


He noted that the growth of ‘the running movement has been increasing at over 16% per year for the last 10 years’.


Carlo Capalbo – IAAF Road Running Commission Chairman and RunCzech Running LeaguePresident - spoke about the positive effect of the global running movement that generates ‘enthusiasm, energy, peace and encourages positive international relations.’


The AIMS World Congress was co-organised by the ‘Athens Marathon, the Authentic’ and the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), Greece’s governing body for athletics.



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