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11 March 2019, 11am

Winner of Nagoya Women’s Marathon recognised with award from new Women’s Commission

Helalia Johannes receives first AIMS Inspirational Woman Award

Nagoya Women’s Marathon
Sun 10 March 2019

Inspirational woman award

The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) recognised Helalia Johannes (Namibia), the winner of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, with its first “Inspirational Woman Award” after her victory on Sunday.

Johannes ran a time of 2:22:25 to win the race.

Nagoya Women’s Marathon is the world’s largest women’s marathon, recognised by Guinness World Records, with 20,000 women.

The Leader of the AIMS Women’s Commission (a world women’s running movement aiming to improve the participation of women in distance running throughout the world while empowering women through the sport of running) Martha Morales said: “The AIMS Women’s Commission is delighted to recognise Helalia Johannes with our first AIMS Inspirational Woman Award.”

“The commission seeks to highlight and promote inspirational women as ambassadors of health, running, sport and great human values; to inspire other women around the world striving to meet their own goals and aims in sport and in life.”

“Helalia Johannes with her great victory today, while leading 20,000 other women around the wonderful course in the beautiful Japanese city of Nagoya, will help inspire women of all ages to live a healthy lifestyle by keeping fit through running and helping and encouraging other girls and women to participate in sport and help them believe in and achieve what they want from their lives.”

The trophy, a laurel wreath from the home of the marathon – Athens, Greece –, was presented by AIMS President Paco Borao.

The AIMS Women’s Commission was launched by AIMS Vice President Martha Morales and President Paco Borao on Friday 8th March 2019, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

The AIMS Women’s Commission has been in development since the AIMS World Congress held in Tallinn, Estonia in September 2018, where the creation of three Commissions was announced covering the following areas – Women, Safety & Security and Environmental.


1 Helalia JOHANNES NAM 2:22:25
2 Visiline JEKESHO KEN 2:22:58
3 Valary JEMELI KEN 2:23:01
4 Meseret DEFAR ETH 2:23:33
5 Reia IWADE JPN 2:23:52

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