Symposium Theme 2017: “Developing your race through the development of the running market in your region”

The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), representing 435 of the world’s best distance races across 114 countries, including the Athens, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York & Tokyo Marathons is delighted to confirm the details and speakers for the 11th AIMS Marathon Symposium, which will be held in Athens, Greece on Saturday 11 November 2017.

The Symposium is arranged in collaboration with SEGAS (the Hellenic Athletics Federation) and ‘Athens Marathon. The Authentic.’ and has been held annually since 2007. AIMS would like to thank them and the ‘Region of Attica’ as co-organizer of the Symposium and the ‘Greek National Tourism Organisation’ and ‘Athens International Airport’ as official sponsors for all their help and support.

The aim of the AIMS Marathon Symposium is to encourage close co-operation and exchange of views on issues of mutual interest which will assist organisers in their constant efforts to improve their races. 

The Symposium is always held the day before the "Athens Marathon. The Authentic", the marathon race held on the original marathon course.

This year, the title of the Symposium is “Developing your race through the development of the running market in your region”. The four speakers contributing their expert knowledge and experiences on this theme are as follows;

  • Paco Borao, AIMS President, Race Director of Marathon/Half Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP
  • Makis Asimakopoulos, Ph.D., General Manager "Athens Marathon. The Authentic"
  • Sašo Belovski, Business Development Director at RunCzech
  • Elana Meyer, Ambassador of Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Races who are interested in attending the AIMS Marathon Symposium must complete and return the application form (Application form can be found here no later than Friday 27 October 2017. Completed application forms should be sent to Georgia - Maria Sagiadinou, AIMS Marathon Symposium Project Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The AIMS Marathon Symposium is open to all, AIMS Members and non-members. There is no cost to attend. 

In addition to the Symposium, AIMS and the Athens Marathon will host several other events between 10-12 November.

The AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala will be held on Friday 10 November and will recognise the best male and female athletes of the year with the Best Marathon Runner Award. In addition, races who have displayed best practice in environmental and social policies will be presented with the AIMS Green Award and the AIMS Social Award respectively. A legend of distance running will also receive the AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees and winners of each award will be confirmed closer to the event.

AIMS Symposium attendees will also be invited to Athens Marathon Opening Ceremonies & Marathon Flame Lighting at the archaeological site of Marathon Tomb in advance of the running of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” on Sunday 12 November.