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Distance Running
2015 Edition 1

Published January 2015

Cover:

Florence Kiplagat and Dennis Kimetto, world record breakers both, were awarded at the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Gala held in Athens, Greece

Contents

Bourne to run

Bourne to run

Bournemouth Marathon Festival, Sun 5 October 2014

By Amy Cameron
With miles of glorious, unspoilt golden sands and clear blue sea, Bournemouth and Poole provide a stunning backdrop for the ultimate run in a pure and clean natural environment: running as it should be.


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Chi-ca-go!

Chi-ca-go!

Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Sun 12 October 2014

By Bridget Montgomery
Every October runners from across the USA and around the world travel to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. In 2014 40,802 of them trod their way for 26.2 miles through 29 diverse Chicago neighborhoods towards the same final destination in Grant Park. Along the way 12,000 volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators offered their support and applause as runners accomplished something magnificent by fighting their way to the finish line on Columbus Drive.


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From little hills big things grow

From little hills big things grow

Podgorica Marathon, Sun 26 October 2014

By Milan Madzgalj
Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, is a city of 150,000 citizens making up almost one-third of the national population. The name translates from Serbian as “under the Gorica” where Gorica means “little hill” or hillock, referring to the cypress-covered hill that overlooks the city centre.


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Marathon cheer

Marathon cheer

Osaka Marathon, Sun 26 October 2014

Thirty thousand runners participating; ten thousand volunteers providing support; and hundreds of thousands of roadside spectators cheering the runners on. Welcome to the Osaka Marathon, the biggest in Japan.


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A spectacular display

A spectacular display

Penang Bridge International Marathon, Sun 16 November 2014

Sixty thousand runners thronged the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge — the second one to be built from the mainland to Penang Island — for the rare opportunity to run on the longest bridge in South East Asia.


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Thanks and friendship

Thanks and friendship

Kobe Marathon, Sun 23 November 2014

“Thanks and friendship, 20 years after the earthquake” was the theme of the 2014 Kobe Marathon, and it literally shone through from the start. A sea of yellow-gloved runners in the full marathon provided the backcloth for the Mayor, in a striking red cap and jacket, to fire the starting gun at 9:00 sharp. Taken together they represented a sunflower: the symbol of the city’s regeneration.


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AIMS news

George Hirsch to be awarded AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award

American marathon executive and magazine publisher George Hirsch is to be presented with the AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual AIMS ’Best Marathon Runner’ (BMR) award gala in the home of the marathon – Athens, Greece.

AIMS news

Major Greek sponsorship

On 10 December AIMS President Paco Borao and the President of the Hellenic Athletics Federations (SEGAS) Mr. Kostas Panagopoulos announced that SEGAS will be the major sponsor of AIMS for the next six years.

Running into history

Big in Japan

Everyone knows that the Japanese nation has a love affair with the marathon. But that emotional connection, perhaps unique to Japan, still needs to be nurtured. Read on below for an insight into how this happens.

Best Marathon Runner Award

Kimetto and Kiplagat receive AIMS Best Marathon Runner award

AIMS honours top Kenyan runners

Also in this issue …

Race previews: Vodafone İstanbul Half Marathon; Novi Sad Half Marathon; NN Marathon Rotterdam

News from AIMS, IAAF, WMRA and IAU; Race dates; Race contact details.