Drugs and distance running is the theme of the ninth AIMS Marathon Symposium to be held on 7th November, over the same weekend as Athens Marathon the Authentic.


The Symposium has become a regular feature of the marathon weekend, attracting race organisers from throughout the world.


Issues of “Doping Threats in Long Distance Running” will be addressed by prominent specialists from AIMS, IAAF and WADA as well as marathon organisers and coaches

AIMS has on its website a list supplied by the IAAF of athletes serving racing bans for violating anti-doping rules.


The third edition of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala will also take place in Athens before the marathon. The winners of world titles in Beijing, the holders of the fastest times of the year, plus possible world record breakers in the marathon and half marathon are expected to be among the candidates for this prestigious award.


Last year’s awards were scooped up by recently crowned world marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto and team-mate Florence Kiplagat, who broke the world half marathon record in Barcelona at the start of the year.

Night Trail Run

Rotorua – 7 November
Tauranga – 21 November


Get out your headlamps and enter now two brand new night events – 7.5km offroad through the Rotorua Redwood Forest, or 7km on bush trails, farmland and gravel roads around Fernland Spa, Tauranga. If you’ve tried a daytime run, enjoyed a Tough Guy and Gal Challenge and feel like something completely different, this is the perfect option. Races start at 8pm and prize-giving is at 10pm.





Gold Coast 50

13 December


Run the Gold Coast beachfront from Kurrawa to Duranbah and back in a scenic pre-Christmas 50km event. If an ultra is a bit far, try a two-person relay, 25km solo to Currumbin and back, or 15km solo to Burleigh and back. All start and finish in Miles Buisson Park, Broadbeach and all routes provide some of the Gold Coast’s best scenery and nicest early morning weather. With starts from 5am, you’ll also be able to enjoy the sunrise.

Gsieser Tal Lauf


20-21 February


Also known as GranFondo Val Casies, this popular ski marathon has been held every year since 1984 in the holiday destination of Plan de Coronoes. Two routes of 30km and 42km are raced on Saturday in the classic ski style and on Sunday using the skating style. It attracts skiers from more than 30 countries.








Gold Coast Airport Marathon


2-3 July 2016


Run for the Good Times in 2016. Entries open on 8th December for a weekend of sand, surf and running on Australia’s legendary Gold Coast. First held in 1979 with 691 runners, this year it attracted 27,500 participants in a range of distances run over two days. For a flat, fast run and a great mid-winter break, this is the race to choose.


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