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2016 Edition 2

Distance Running Magazine
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Kilimanjaro Marathon, Tanzania

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AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award Gala
AIMS 30th Anniversary Gala
AIMS-IAAF Marathon Symposium
AIMS Museum of Running
Anti-Doping Advisory
Course Measurement
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President - Paco Borao (details)
Vice President - Martha Morales (details)
Vice President - Dave Cundy (details)
Secretary - Hugh Jones (details)
Treasurer - Al Boka (details)
Board Member - Gary BE Boshoff (details)
Board Member - Bruno Boukobza (details)
Board Member - Andrea Eby (details)
Board Member - Fernando Jamarne (details)
Board Member - Mark Milde (details)
Board Member - Mitsugi Ogata (details)
Publisher - Frank Baillie (details)
PR Consultant - Peter McLean (details)
Museum Coordinator - Horst Milde (details)
AIMS Headquarters
Administrator - Theodosis Livitsanos (details)
AIMS Affiliates
International Measurement Administrators (details)
Honorary Members
President Emeritus -   Hiroaki Chosa (details)
Honorary Vice President -   Allan Steinfeld (details)
Honorary Vice President -   Carlos Moya (details)
Honorary Statistician -   Dr. David Martin (details)



AIMS Executives





Paco Borao
Paco Borao is President of Correcaminos de Valencia, which organises the Marathon and Half Marathon in Valencia, both of which are AIMS members - the Marathon being such since 1986. Paco Borao grew up in Spain and France, where he played football and is fluent in both languages, and also in English. He became a member of the Board of AIMS in 1996 and took on membership issues at the start of a period of sustained growth in the organisation which saw membership increase from 115 to 304 members.

Paco Borao, AIMS President

In March 2007 he was appointed as a member of the IAAF Road Running Commission and, just a few days later at the Xiamen World Congress, was elected Vice-President of AIMS. He became President at the 18th World Congress of AIMS held in Athens on 30 October 2010.

Francisco Borao (Valencia, Membership)
Tel: +34 606 123 427 Fax: +34 6 346 3635




Dave Cundy, Vice-President
Dave is Australia's most experienced marathon director. He was the Race Director of the Canberra Marathon for 30 years from 1980 until 2010; the Race Director of The Host City Marathon in Sydney in 2000; the Road Events Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Marathons; the Technical Director of the Gold Coast Marathon from 2001 to 2006; and the Race Director of the Australian Outback Marathon from its inauguration in 2010 to 2012. He has been the Race Director of the Great Wall Marathon in China since 2002.
Dave Cundy, Board Member
Dave works closely with the sport's governing bodies. He is an international road running technical official (ICRO) with the IAAF; a Grade A IAAF-AIMS course measurer; the IAAF-AIMS Course Measurement Administrator for Asia & Oceania; has served for over 25 years on Athletics Australia's Distance Running Commission; and managed Australian distance running teams. He was awarded a Merit Award by his local Athletics Association in 1990; Life Membership of Athletics Australia in 1997 and the Australian Sports Medal from the Australian Government in 2000.

Dave was the official IAAF course measurer for the 1998 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2006 (Melbourne) Commonwealth Games Marathons, the 2004 (Delhi) and 2010 (Nanning) World Half Marathon Championships, the 2007 World Championships (Osaka), the 2008 Olympic Games Marathons (Beijing) and the 2011 World Championships (Daegu). He is also the official international course measurer for the Virgin London Marathon.

He was the IAAF technical delegate for the 2010 World Half Marathon Championships (Nanning) and the technical delegate for three major events in India in from 2010 to 2012 – the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and the TCS World 10km in Bangalore.

Dave has been an active marathon runner, finishing each of his 31 marathons with a best time in the 1981 Melbourne Marathon of 2.41.33.

Dave was involved in the initial discussions to establish AIMS in the early 1980s and for some time during the 1980s was an individual member of AIMS, a category of membership that no longer exists. He was co-opted to the Board at the Niagara Congress in 2002 and first elected to the Board at the Valencia Congress in 2005. At the 19th World Congress in Prague, Dave was elected to the position of Vice President. In July 2012 he accepted the role of AIMS Technical Director.

Dave Cundy

P.O. Box 206, Ettalong Beach, NSW 2257, Australia
Tel: +61 2 43427611  Fax: +61 2 43427648


Martha Morales, Vice-President
Martha Morales, of Tangamanga Marathon in Mexico, is an active marathon runner and a lawyer. She studied for a Masters Degree in Constitutional Law at Universities in Mexico and the U.S.A.
Martha has been an advisor for several national and international road races and she has been involved in different road races, from 10km to the Marathon, both as a runner and an organizer.
Martha Morales, Vice-President
She is a member of the Board of Directors of Corredores del Bosque de Tlalpan, the biggest running club in Mexico and Organizers of the Carrera del Día del Padre Half Marathon. She has been a speaker at different Congresses and Symposia about running in Mexico and in South America.
She is an IAAF/AIMS "C" course measurer and is fluent in English and Spanish. She was elected Vice-President of AIMS at the 18th World Congress held in Athens on 30 October 2010.

Martha Morales (Tangamanga, Legal)
Tel: +52 4448 15444  Fax: +52 4448 158921




Hugh Jones, AIMS Secretary
Hugh Jones succeeded Andy Galloway as AIMS Secretary on 1 July 1996, after a career as a marathon runner (from 1981) and freelance athletics journalist (from 1987). He was born in London in 1955, and ascribed his later success as a runner partly to running to and from school (1200m, four times daily) for most of the 1960s.
Hugh Jones, AIMS Secretary
In the 1970s he ran casually at secondary school and then at the University of Liverpool. In 1978 he ran and won his first marathon (2:25). In 1981 he won the English Championships with a time of 2:14, which propelled him into a professional running career. His first major win was the 1982 London Marathon with a time of 2:09:24, which coincided with the foundation of AIMS. He competed in city marathons and championships in the 1980s (World Chs 8th & 5th) but his failure to complete the 1990 London Marathon led him to diversify more seriously into athletics journalism. He also qualified as an international course measurer which helped to make him an obvious candidate to succeed Andy Galloway as AIMS Secretary in 1996. Jones continued as both a runner and a journalist but the AIMS job grew with increasing membership of the Association and in practical terms became full-time. He became editor of Distance Running in 2000. Jones still lives in London with his wife and four children.

Hugh Jones - 19 Kelly Street, London NW1 8PG, UK




Al Boka, AIMS Treasurer
Al Boka became a committed runner while attending university and has run 36 marathons, including the 100th Boston Marathon.
He was nominated for the position of AIMS Treasurer in 1996 by the outgoing AIMS Secretary/Treasurer, Andy Galloway, and was duly elected. Since then he has developed procedures and policies which define and control AIMS expenses.
Al Boka, AIMS Treasurer
These controls over spending have greatly contributed towards the favourable financial position which AIMS enjoys today.

Al Boka (Las Vegas)
Tel: +1 702 809 2620



Members of the Board

Gary BE Boshoff, Board Member
Gary Boshoff was a former national rugby player for South Africa (1984-1989) before joining the Comrades Marathon as CEO in 2006. Under his stewardship the Comrades Marathon has grown into a sustainable commercial enterprise consistently posting a surplus. Boshoff was instrumental in revitalizing Comrades’ international marketing. In 2007 he conceptualized a “Youth Run” with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation in which 2000 participated in the first race.
Gary Boshoff studied at Leicester University (UK), Worcester State University (USA) and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa where he achieved a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. He believes that good corporate governance and ethical behavior is the cornerstone of successful sport. Since starting at Comrades seven years ago Boshoff has developed a passion for running which he will carry forward as an AIMS Board Member.

Gary BE Boshoff (Comrades Marathon)
P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, South Africa
Tel: +27 33 897 8650  Fax: +27 33 897 8660


Bruno Boukobza, Board member
Bruno Boukobza has worked for 25 years in mass participation events both in France and elsewhere. In the early days this was a multi-faceted job: recruiting partners, developing marketing, coordinating communication, negotiating with the city authorities, setting up the course, recruiting volunteers and organizing registration. From improvised beginnings a professional approach gradually took hold, and Bruno now works
as a consultant for the development of both running and triathlon events in touristic markets both established and yet to be developed. He is also a TV producer for mass participation events and the editor of a free running magazine with a circulation of 65.000 five times yearly.

Bruno Boukobza
(Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes,
Nice International Half Marathon)
Azur Sport Organisation
1, Bd Maurice Slama, Nice Premium, 06200 Nice, France
Tel: +33 4 93 26 19 12  Mob: +33 6 88 84 73 98


Andrea Eby, Board member
Andrea Eby is a longstanding Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society (which itself has been an AIMS member since foundation in 1982). She is a multilingual marketing executive with 20 years’ experience in organizing and promoting international sports events. During her six-year term with the Vancouver Marathon, she has impacted positive change to Canada’s largest Marathon including two brand new point-to-point courses.
Andrea Eby, Board member
Andrea has worked on other events, including the Vancouver Organizing Committee 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, World Indoor Track and Field Championships, Nagano Winter Olympics Bidding Committee, and Ironman Japan

Andrea was born in Slovakia and educated in Canada. She holds a Master’s in Sports Administration. Currently she teaches at
Capilano University, consults in the marketing industry, and actively enjoys both running and cycling in Vancouver's great outdoors. Elected to the AIMS Board of Directors at the World Congress held in Durban, 2014.

Andrea Eby (Vancouver)


Fernando Jamarne, Board member
Fernando Jamarne is race director of the Santiago International Marathon and Vice-President of the Chilean Athletics Federation, with special responsibility for road running. Himself a Marathon runner, he trained as a lawyer in Chile and then New York, and worked for seven years in New York, Boston and Washington before returning to Chile where he works in a law firm.
Fernando Jamarne, Board member
His expertise has made him a natural liaison person between sport and public bodies, including the Chilean National Olympic Committee. In 2010 he set up the first road race measurement course conducted in Chile. He was elected Board member of AIMS at the 18th World Congress held in Athens on 29 October 2010.

Fernando Jamarne (Santiago International Marathon)


Mark Milde, Board member
Mark Milde grew up with the sport of marathon running. He took over the role of his father, Horst Milde, as race director of the Berlin Marathon in 2004 after a long apprenticeship (since 1990), principally as elite athlete coordinator but also fulfilling other roles to support the race director.

As race director over the last 8 years he has developed new events and grown the Berlin
organization to cater for 170,000 participants spread over several events throughout the year, employing 32 people and recruiting 5500 volunteers. He has throughout maintained a close dialogue with the city authorities.

Mark Milde (Berlin Marathon, Berlin Half Marathon)


Mitsugi Ogata, Board member
Mitsugi Ogata has been Senior Managing Director of the Japanese Federation (JAAF) since 2011, and in that capacity is closely involved in the organisation of many of the Japanese member races of AIMS. He is a former decathlete (Japanese champion in 1981 & 1982) and since 2007 has been vice chair of the High Performance Committee of JAAF. He was Japan's Head Coach at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin and Team Leader at those
Mitsugi Ogata, Board member
held in Moscow in 2013. He chairs the Japanese Olympic Committee's Anti-Doping Committee and is most closely involved in the organisation of the historic Fukuoka Open International Marathon Championship.

He speaks Japanese and English, and is a Professor at the University of Tsukuba

Elected to the AIMS Board of Directors at the World Congress held in Durban, 2014.

Mitsugi Ogata (Fukuoka)
Fax: +81 3 5321 6591




Frank Baillie, Distance Running Magazine

Publisher: Frank Baillie
Distance Running Magazine




PR Consultant

Peter McLean, Chairman Global Media and Public Relations Committee
Peter McLean, became AIMS press officer in 1989. As the City of Glasgow's Sports Promotion Officer in 1990 he was Race Director for Scotland's biggest running event, the Great Scottish Run. He was elected to the AIMS board in 1991 and served as a Director until 1994 when he joined Celtic Football Club's senior management team.
Peter McLean, Press and Public Relations Officer
At the same time he became an AIMS consultant to manage public relations activities. He continues to serve AIMS in this role. Peter is the owner and managing director of PMPR Excellence, a communications business specialising in media, diversity and race as well as professional sport, in particular professional football. Peter is a qualified football agent recognised by FIFA In addition Peter McLean has interests and qualifications in counselling and has studied social and personality psychology, the psychology of addictions and sports psychology. He is a member of the Dispute Resolution Service for Sport in the UK: The SDRP, and a founding trustee of the charity 'Nil By Mouth' - set up to address sectarianism in Scotland.

Peter McLean (Media & Public Relations)
15 Kirklee Terrace, Glasgow G12 0JA, Scotland
Tel/Fax: +44 141 357 2516



Museum Coordinator

Horst Milde, Museum
Horst Milde was a baker by profession, but also a keen runner, and he founded the Berlin Marathon back in 1974. Under his direction it grew from a race of a few hundred, held out in the woods, to an event of 40000 runners which showcases all of Berlin's most prominent landmarks.
He handed over the daily management of the Marathon to his son Mark Milde, but is now President of the German Road Races Association. He was an AIMS Board Member from 1999 to 2010. He was instrumental in establishing the AIMS Marathon Museum of Running and continues to coordinate this important facility on behalf of AIMS.

Horst Milde (Berlin)
Tel: +49 30 302 5370 Fax: +49 30 306 2203


AIMS Headquarters




AIMS Headquarters Administration


Theodosis Livitsanos – AIMS Headquarters Administration

Theodosis Livitsanos was appointed by AIMS in March 2012 to manage the new AIMS Headquarters in Athens.

His academic background started back in Athens where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Sport Science in 1999.
Theodosis Livitsanos
After finishing his first degree, he continued his studies in the UK where he attained a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and a Master’s Degree in Electronic Commerce from the University of Sunderland.

Through his professional career, which covers a wide range of activities both in Greece and abroad (Newcastle, UK) within the area of sport management, Theodosis has gained valuable knowledge and experience in all aspects of sports event organization and sports marketing. Some of his main job activities have been: Sports Development Assistant Manager of Newcastle College at Newcastle UK, Coordinator in the Department of Special Projects of Olympic Village at Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Games Director of Europe Corporate Games 2008, 2009 & 2010, Sport Manager of Bowling and Central Team Coordinator of Sports & Venues Department at Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011. His most recent involvement before joining AIMS was in the sport entries department of Athens Classic Marathon 2011.

Theodosis Livitsanos (Athens Office)
Spyros Louis Avenue, OACA, Olympic Aquatics Center,
Maroussi-Athens 15123, Greece
e-mail: AIMSHQ@aims-worldrunning.org



AIMS Affiliates




International Measurement Administrators


Bernie Conway
67 Southwood Crescent, London, Ontario N6J 1S8, Canada
Tel: +1 519 641 6889 Fax: +1 519 633 4887

English-speaking Europe & Africa:
Hugh Jones
19 Kelly Street, London NW1 8PG, UK
Tel: +44 20 7209 3193

French & Spanish-sp. Eur & Afr: Jean Francois Delasalle,
Domaine de Chantraigne BP 25, 80800 Corbie, France
Tel: +33 3 22 48 51 90 Fax: +33 3 22 48 51 91

Asia/Oceania: Dave Cundy,
P.O. Box 206, Ettalong Beach, NSW 2257, Australia
Tel: +61 2 43427611 Fax: +61 2 43427648



Honorary Members




President Emeritus


Hiroaki Chosa

AIMS has developed into a trustworthy partner for IAAF in the international athletics movement largely through the leadership shown by Hiroaki Chosa. AIMS benefited from direct access to decision makers in the international athletics movement through Mr. Chosa's expertise and experience.
Hiroaki Chosa, President Emeritus
His experience is varied: through athletes he trained in his national association; through his position as Race-Director of the renowned Fukuoka Marathon; and through his membership of the IAAF Road-Running Commission. It is also thanks to Mr. Chosa that AIMS had contact with Japanese sponsors, which helped the association to become financially independent. This in turn allowed AIMS to carry out several worldwide initiatives.

Hiroaki Chosa (Tokyo)



Honorary Vice-President

Allan Steinfeld, Honorary Vice-President and Founder member
Allan Steinfeld has established a reputation as one of the world's leading authorities on the technical aspects of road running. He developed methods that have become standard for marathons and races at various distances. Allan Steinfeld is a founding member of AIMS.
Allan Steinfeld, Honorary Vice-President and Founder member
He was appointed as the first chairman of the then newly formed AIMS Technical Committee. Allan Steinfeld, who was born in 1946, became a member of New York Road Runners (NYRR) in 1963. In 1978, Fred Lebow hired him to assist in planning and executing New York Road Runners events. Steinfeld became the Technical Director of the New York City Marathon in 1981, the President of NYRR in 1993, and CEO of NYRR and the Race Director of the New York City Marathon in 1994 following Lebow's death. In April 2005 he stepped down from these positions and assumed the new roles of Vice Chairman of NYRR and the Executive Director of the ING New York City Marathon. Allan Steinfeld was the chief marathon referee for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He has been technical advisor for the network television and world broadcasts of several Olympic Games, and serves as the consultant for television broadcasts of the NYC Marathon and other NYRRC races. He was a consultant to the 1984 Olympic Marathons, London, Los Angeles, Rio Marathons and many other races.
In 1984 the World Cross Country Championships were held outside Europe for the first time. They took place at Meadowlands, New York, and Allan Steinfeld was the event director. He has also worked in track and field, as the meeting director for the IAAF Mobil Grand Prix events in New York City from 1989 – 1995 and as the competitions manager for the 1998 Goodwill Games. He earned a Master's Degree in electrical engineering and radio astronomy from Cornell University in 1971, following a Bachelor's Degree from City College of New York in 1969.


Honorary Vice-President


Carlos Moya,
Honorary Vice-President

Allan Steinfeld, Honorary Vice-President and Founder member

Carlos Moya (Lisbon)



Honorary Statistician

Dr. David Martin, Honorary Statistician
David Martin was the AIMS statistician from the inception of AIMS until he stood down due to ill health in 2011. He was born in 1939, received his PhD in medical physiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1970, and worked at Georgia State University in Atlanta from 1970 until recently.
David Martin, Statistician
While at Georgia State he taught courses in exercise physiology, cardiovascular physiology, and pulmonary physiology. He started an exercise physiology laboratory in the 1970s which eventually became a model for testing the performance capabilities of elite level middle and long distance runners. Nearly 100 peer reviewed publications have emerged from this laboratory, as well as dozens of coaching related articles. He was active in the USA national governing body for track and field, serving on committees that are involved with preparation of distance runners for successful international competition. David Martin was elected to membership in the Association of Track and Field Statisticians at their meeting in Prague in 1978. He attended most of the original meetings which led to the formation of the AIMS. He became a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine in 1987. David has written seven books, including The Marathon Footrace (1979, with Roger Gynn), Respiratory Anatomy & Physiology (1988, with John Youtsey), Training Distance Runners (1991, with Peter Coe), Better Training for Distance Runners (1997, with Peter Coe), and The Olympic Marathon (2000, with Roger Gynn). Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Sebastian Coe was one of his high profile clients.

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