Frank Shorter has played a significant role in the growth of marathons and is the only American athlete to win two medals in Olympic marathons.


In November he was honoured by AIMS with a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Best Marathon Runner Award Gala.


Frank won marathon Gold at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and Silver in the marathon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada.


He was a founding member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and served as Chairman from 2000 to 2003.


“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award from AIMS. I have watched with great pride as the Marathon Movement has grown and developed particularly since the 1970’s,” Frank said in a statement. The award was accepted on his behalf by son, Alex.



The AIMS Green Award for environmental achievement went to The Chevron Houston Marathon, in recognition of their year-round efforts towards “Going Green”. 


The Chevron Houston Marathon closely follows the Council for Responsible Sport’s certification standards. These efforts include a senior manager overseeing all sustainability goals and a “Green Committee” formed to work towards attaining them.


The AIMS Social Award was presented to the Maratón Internacional Lala, Mexico, for their work raising money for children from low income areas who need dental surgery. In 2015 money was raised to fund 50 operations for children with severe dental problems.



Gatineau Loppet


28 February

It’s the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada. Welcome to the magnificent Outaouais region, where over 33,000 km2 of beautiful winter landscapes await you, including the famous Gatineau Park. Enjoy two days of skiing, with race distances of 51km, 27km, 15km, 10km, 5km, and a range of snowshoe races. 


Gatineau winter has plenty to offer, whether your sport is skiing, snowshoeing, skating, dogsledding or ice fishing.



Inverness Half Marathon

13 March

Inverness Half Marathon has a lot to offer. It begins along the banks of the River Ness near the centre of Scotland’s Highland capital. It then follows the river, running beneath the dramatic outline of Inverness Castle. A warm welcome finally awaits all runners as they approach the finish line at Queen’s Park Stadium. Runners love this race – and if the half is too far, try the 5km fun run instead.

Cannes International Triathlon


15-17 April

If you’re looking for an early season, easily accessible European race, this is the one. You can’t beat the French Riviera for a stunning start to the triathlon season.


Surpass your limits and challenge yourself in a long or medium distance triathlon, or a 10km run. See some of the prettiest scenery to be had in this part of France; soak up water views in the swim and run and head inland for the cycle leg.




Yellow Ribbon Run Prague


8 May

Prisoners who have done their time need a second chance at life. Volkswagen Prague Marathon plans to help with a Yellow Ribbon Run. Relay teams of former prisoners, prison service staff and major business directors will wear special yellow ribbon t-shirts in the race. The aim is to welcome former prisoners back into society with dignity and to show businesses that they can become grateful and reliable employees.


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