Improving a runner’s experience is the constant goal of race organisers – and the 8th AIMS Marathon Symposium in Athens will see them addressing just that.


Ways to add value to marathons was discussed at an earlier symposium and delegates felt the subject deserved deeper consideration.  


This time delegates will consider the local economic impact of a race, ways to generate year-round interest and activity, making the most of marathon expos and using social media for promotion.


Prague Marathon director Carlo Capalbo will address the symposium on “Year-round activities and projects to enhance the running community”.  

Second key speaker is Andrea Eby, Vancouver International Marathon Society director, discussing “The role of the new media in development of the running market and success of a race event”.


A full programme of activities for Symposium delegates includes the AIMS Best Marathon Runner award ceremony and Gala, the official Athens Marathon: The Authentic expo and a moving marathon opening ceremony and flame lighting, held at the archaeological battle site and tomb at Marathon.


The symposium winds up with the start and finish of the Authentic Marathon, which runs from the town of Marathon to finish in Athens’ ancient Panathinaikon stadium.

Kerikeri Half Marathon

15th November

“Step out for cancer” is the catchcry for participants in this point-to-point event in New Zealand’s far north. Online fundraising and sponsorship are being encouraged to support the Cancer Society, this year’s chosen charity. The course is a pleasant largely rural route with a couple of hills in the first 7km and then it’s mainly downhill to end right in the heart of Kerikeri.







Rounds the Bridges Hamilton

16th November

Hamilton turned 150 this year and Round the Bridges is 70 – not a bad effort for a race that started at the end of WWII and gets thousands out every year for a 6km or 12km jaunt along the city riverbank and over a couple of its many bridges. School teams are catered for with 2km races through the main street.

Run Czech events


March-September 2015

Registrations are open for all 2015 RunCzech events. Most popular are Prague Half Marathon in March, which regularly sells out by early December, and Prague Marathon, in May, which is usually full by Christmas. RunCzech running league is a series of races with a points and ranking system for those who compete in multiple events.







Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon


7th December

You needed to be in quick for entry to this popular event. Registrations opened on 11th September and were closed before the end of the month. Started by the Panda Club in 1981 with 400 runners, it now easily attracts 1000 in the marathon, 2000 in the half and 3000 in the mini marathon. And then registrations close.


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