23 July 2019, 10am
The Special Awards – the Green Award, Social Award and Lifetime Achievement Award – will be presented at the annual AIMS gala in November in Athens, Greece, together with the Best Marathon Runner award which is given each year to the world’s most outstanding distance athletes.
AIMS President Paco Borao urged the association’s member races to consider entering for the Special Awards, which recognise outstanding efforts in the areas of ecology and social engagement.
The Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala on Friday 8 November, now taking place for the seventh time, is followed by the AIMS Marathon Symposium on Saturday 9 November, at which race representatives and guest experts discuss developments in distance running.
Paco Borao said in a letter to member races: “Continuing and developing the close collaboration we set up back in 2007 along with our friends here in Greece the Hellenic Athletics Federation and ‘Athens Marathon. The Authentic’, we have already started the preparations for the 7th edition of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala and the 13th AIMS Marathon Symposium. Along with the important support of the Region of Attica as Co-Organiser and the significant help of the Greek National Tourism Organisation and Athens International Airport as official sponsors, we are all working towards this direction to organize successful events, promoting our sport Marathon as the previous years.”
The topic of the Marathon Symposium this year is “Technology and Mass Running Events”. Afterwards race delegates will have the opportunity to attend the Marathon Flame lighting at the Marathon Tomb archaeological site. Finally, on Sunday 10 November the host race, “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” takes place.