The growing realisation of running as a common cause throughout the world has led to many links being established between races, for which AIMS provides a forum.


Organising this more formally, around particular issues, can capture the attention of a wider public. With this in mind, AIMS launched the Children’s Series at the beginning of 2006 to assist selected member races in promoting running among children.


AIMS President at the time, Hiroaki Chosa, said “Many great athletes have often emerged against great adversity. We are seeking to encourage more young children to follow their dreams and to aim for a healthy life.”

Member races involved in the pilot project were the Sahara Marathon in Algeria, Kathmandu Peace Run in Nepal and the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa.


The intention was to support races in poorer countries because a number of big international races in wealthier countries had already developed children’s races alongside their own events.


This year AIMS will organise children’s races tied to marathons in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Paraguay. Participants all receive special t-shirts, medals – and plenty of encouragement.

Reykjavik Marathon

22 August

Run Reykjavik and enjoy the self-proclaimed Party Capital of the North. The marathon is timed to coincide with Culture Night, a national event that brings up to a third of the entire Iceland population onto the streets of the capital. Parts of the race course pass through uninhabited areas allowing runners to enjoy Iceland's natural environment and spectacular scenery. It also goes through downtown Reykjavik and near a salmon river.






Day-Night Thriller

10 October

Bring your bike and a tent for the ride of your life. Choose from 12 or 6 hour solo or teams events, or a 3-hour solo ride and complete as many 7km laps as you can.
The course loops through ‘tent city’, fast open park grounds, a mix of forestry roads, single trails, uphill, downhill and plenty of sweet, sweet berms, all within a mature Tokoroa pine forest.

Run for Green Half Marathon


19 September

Lake Norman’s most popular road race is the main fundraiser for the Davidson Lands Conservancy that aims to permanently protect land as well as provide nature-themed education for people of all ages. Save the date and plan for the half-marathon, 10K or 5K.   


This year’s run is dedicated to the memory of Roy Alexander who was instrumental in starting the race in 2006 and died suddenly in January.





Dresden Marathon


18 October

Register now for your race in this beautiful city. Run through the picturesque Old Town, the “Grosser Garten” park and along the banks of River Elbe. All distances start at Ostra-Allee in the city centre, close to the “Zwinger” and finish 200m down the road at the Maritim Hotel Dresden.


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