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Most successful AIMS Congress ever

Tallinn meeting elects new AIMS Board, hears latest research on impact of world running

The 22nd World Congress of AIMS was held in Tallinn from 6–8 September 2018, coinciding with the 100th anniversary since Estonia’s independence was first declared.

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New world marathon record set in Berlin

Kipchoge smashes Kimetto’s 2014 time by 78 seconds

Eliud Kipchoge crowned the 45th edition of the Berlin Marathon with a sensational world record of 2:01:39.

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Abraham Kiptum breaks half marathon world record in Valencia

58:18 time beats Tadese’s previous record by five seconds

The City of Valencia is now home to all three world records at the half marathon distance (subject to ratification).

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AIMS is a member-based organization of more than 450 of the world’s leading distance races, from over 120 countries and territories.

Our objectives are:

  • to foster and promote distance running throughout the world
  • to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association
  • to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races



World Record Award for Netsanet Gudeta

Time of 1:06:11 in women-only half marathon beat Lornah Kiplagat’s 2007 record

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AIMS Marathon Symposium 2018

Information on effects of GDPR for race organisers

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Race date for Brisbane Marathon Festival (AUS) changed

Brisbane Marathon Festival date change

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Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono honoured as ‘Best Marathon Runners’ of 2018

Outstanding achievements of Kenyan athletes

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Hiroaki Chosa and Horst Milde share 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Joint honour for AIMS legends

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Belgrade Marathon wins 2018 AIMS Social Award

Praise for race’s integration initiatives

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Race results

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Philadelphia Marathon, United States of America

Sun 18 November 2018

39.9556 -75.1647
1 Tadesse Yai DABI XXX 2:14:46
2 Birhanu Dare KEMEL XXX 2:14:53
3 Diriba YIGEZU XXX 2:17:08
4 Juris SILENIEKS XXX 2:17:36
5 Nelson OYUGI XXX 2:17:55
1 Serkalem ABRHA XXX 2:32:52
2 Anna WALKER XXX 2:40:11
3 Sarah KIPTOO XXX 2:42:41
4 Margaret VIDO XXX 2:42:49
5 Bailey DREWES XXX 2:42:58

Shanghai International Marathon, China

Sun 18 November 2018

31.2304 121.474

Yebrgual Melese took more than a minute off the women’s course record while compatriot Abdiwak Tura took the men’s title after a furious sprint to the line writes Vincent Wu.

Melese led a group of seven at a fast pace passing 20km in 1:06:30. Only three women remained by 25km (1:23:35) and it became a duel between Melese and Azmera Abreha after 27km. Melese went ahead from 36km for a comfortable win. Eight of the top 10 women ran personal bests.

Two sub-2:05 runners turned the men’s race into a 100-metre sprint as they raced for the line, with Tura edging out fellow Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen. Nine men were still together at 30km and only two had dropped off the pace by 35km as a tactical endgame approached. All seven entered the stadium together and Mekonnen was the first to attack as Tura and Dickson Tuwei followed him. Tura passed Mekonnen in the final 10m as seven runners finished within eight seconds.

1 Abdiwak TURA ETH 2:09:20
2 Tsegaye MEKONNEN ETH 2:09:20
3 Dickson TUWEI KEN 2:09:21
1 Yebrgual MELESE ETH 2:20:37
2 Azmera ABREHA ETH 2:21:51
3 Betty LEMPUS KEN 2:23:41

Ravenna Marathon – City of Art, Italy

Sun 11 November 2018

44.4184 12.2035
1 Wilfred MURGOR KEN 2:12:36
2 Silah Kipkemboi LIMO KEN 2:13:05
3 Sefe Wendemu TIGU ETH 2:15:14
4 Alessio TERRASI ITA 3:19:14
5 Francesco BONA ITA 2:19:28
1 Aberu Ayana MULISA ETH 2:36:32
2 Nikolina STEPAN CRO 2:48:07
3 Ruta SIMKUNAITE LIT 2:58:38
4 Eleonora GARDELLI ITA 2:59:19
5 Elisa ZANNONI ITA 3:00:07
Half marathon
1 Wiliiam TALLERI ITA 1:18:35
2 Eugenio CALCINA ITA 1:21:13
3 Federico CAMPRINCOLI ITA 1:22:22
4 Gianpaolo SERINO ITA 1:23:35
5 William COLLURA ITA 1:27:30
1 Kare Doljak HENTSCHOLEK PAR 1:37:55
2 Carla CALLI ITA 1:45:58
3 Alice ALLEGRI ITA 1:50:58
4 Chiara RUSTICALI ITA 1:53:50
5 Carmen MARAVIGLIA ITA 1:54:49


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Cover of 2018 Edition 4

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2018 Edition 4

Cover: New world record in the men’s marathon: Eliud Kipchoge smashes Dennis Kimetto’s 2014 record by 78 seconds with a new record time of 2:01:39 at the BMW Berlin-Marathon on 16th September


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