Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Mare Dibaba are the 2015 AIMS Best Marathon Runners.


Their achievements were recognised at the AIMS Award Gala in Athens, Greece, on the eve of Athens Authentic Marathon.


Kipchoge has won three major marathons in the past 12 months. In October 2014 he won the Chicago Marathon in 2:04:11. Six months later, the 31-year-old won London Marathon in a world-leading time of 2:04:42 before bettering that by winning Berlin Marathon in September in 2:04:00 - beating his personal best by five seconds.


“I am very proud of my achievements this year and this award reflects that,” said Kipchoge.


Dibaba has enjoyed a medal-laden year. In October 2014 she finished second at Chicago Marathon in 2:25:37. She went on to win the Xiamen Marathon in January in 2:19:52 before finishing a close second at the Boston Marathon. More recently, the 26-year-old won the world title in Beijing in 2:27:35.


“It is incredibly special for me to receive this prestigious award,” said Dibaba. “It makes it extra special that I have received it in the spiritual home of the marathon in Greece.”

Port of Tauranga Half



9 January

Founded by Sport Bay of Plenty, this popular triathlon is back for its 27th year – and it returns to its traditional base at Pilots Bay Mount Maunganui. Enjoy a 2km swim in the harbour, 90km waterfront bike ride and 21.1km run that includes circling the base of the Mount – all at one of New Zealand’s best summer holiday beaches. Make it a weekend of rest and recreation. The Triathlon is the premier event of the Mount Festival of Multisport.



Cadbury Marathon

10 January

Treat yourself to the Cadbury Marathon and there’ll be sweet rewards at the end. All races – and there’s a distance for everyone – start and finish at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Cadbury Estate Claremont, in Hobart, Tasmania.

All distances feature the Derwent River waterfront, while the full and half marathons also cross it at Bowen Bridge.

Standard Chartered

Dubai Marathon


22 January

At this time of year Dubai has perfect running weather. Expect 10-15 degC at the 6.30am marathon start. All races start and finish on the Umm Suqeim Road opposite the Madinat Jumeirah and in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab. The marathon course is out-and-back along Jumeirah Beach Road, passing the Union Flag, Grand Mosque and Burj Al Arab. It’s scenic and superb.





Gatineau Loppet


26-28 February

What began in 1979 as the Red River cross-country ski race is now the biggest event of its type in Canada. It grew so big it had to move 100km to Gatineau Park in northern Hull, Quebec. Held over two days, there is a range of distances and a different ski style each day – classic on Saturday and freestyle on Sunday. The event belongs to the international Worldloppet family of races.


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