Hughes Jones, an international race inspector has commended organizers of the first ever Millennium Marathon to be held in Ghana for their splendid work in bringing Haille Grabresellase to Ghana to launch the event.
He was at the start and finishing points to inspect the temperature of the run, flatness of the landscape curvature and accuracy of the distance s of 21k and 5k.
The first ever international long distance race - Millennium Marathon - comes off on September 6, 2015 and with the approval by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), other top international runners will join to run for the car at stake.
AIMS is a member based organization of more than 380 of the world’s leading distance races, from over 100 countries & territories.
The objectives of AIMS are to foster and promote distance running throughout the world, to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races and to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association.
Sammy Heywood Okine, member of the Publicity Committee of Millennium Marathon disclosed that runners can join AIMS as associate or full members. Associate status is intended for new races of less than two years standing. After two years as an associate member, races are required to move up to full member status.
Members must have their courses measured by an accredited IAAF-AIMS measurer.
Members are expected to offer a table or booth at their race expo for the exclusive use of other AIMS members. Equally, members may send race promotional material for display at and distribution from such booths of fellow AIMS members.
By such means AIMS offers a platform from which members can effectively promote their event to overseas markets.
Historical background of AIMS
AIMS was firmly established in May 1982 with its first Congress in London. Informal discussions had been held over the previous two years amongst some of the world's leading marathon race directors with a view to setting up such an association.
Meetings were held in New York, Honolulu and other venues prior to the formal meeting in London.
AIMS was initially established with the idea of providing a forum for the exchange of ideas that would help to improve each attending director's race. However, once it was decided to write Articles of Association it was found necessary to go beyond just the exchange of ideas and to set some basic rules to govern the association and membership.
The major objectives of the Association are to foster and promote distance running throughout the world; to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations on all matters relating to international road races, and to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among the members of the Association.
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline/Ghana, email address: [email protected]
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