Association of International Marathons and Distance Races

The home of world running™

AIMS news

27 November 2019, 1pm

Veteran sports journalist honoured

Lunzenfichter receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Alain   bmr 2019 webc

Alain Lunzenfichter, an icon of athletics journalism, received the AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award at the Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala held in Athens on Friday 8 November.

Alain held the position of deputy editor of the French sports newspaper L’Equipe between 1975 and 2013 during which time he covered 17 summer and winter Olympics.

He also worked with Canal+ in their coverage of athletics, marathons and the Olympic Games and in 2006 became President of the World Association of Olympic Journalists until 2014 when he was made Honorary President.

Throughout his career he has had many books published and been appointed to various International Olympic Committee (IOC) commissions including Anti-Doping, IOC Reform, Press, Culture and Communication.

In the early 1980s he was race director of the Paris Marathon and as such became one of the founding members of AIMS.

AIMS President Paco Borao commented: “If journalists write the ‘first draft of history’ then Alain is responsible for writing large parts of the history of our sport”.


For further information on our partners, click on the logos above.

Distance Running

Official quarterly magazine of AIMS

Cover of 2023 Edition 3

Latest issue:
2023 Edition 3

Cover: French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes, France

Keep up to date!

For the latest race dates please consult the official online AIMS calendar.

You can also subscribe to the AIMS calendar in your calendaring application of choice, whether on your phone, tablet or computer. Simply subscribe to webcal:// in your calendar app.

the home of world running™

AIMS Headquarters | OACA Olympic Complex | Av Spyros Louis, Athens, Greece | © AIMS 2023