AIMS Membership

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Reggae Marathon is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) since 2001. Click here to view our Certificate of Membership.

AIMS is a member based organization of more than 350 of the world’s leading distance races, from over 100 countries & territories. Our objectives are:

a. to foster and promote distance running throughout the world.

b. to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races.

c. to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association

AIMS History

AIMS was firmly established in May 1982 with its first Congress in London. Prior to that date and over a period of two years, informal meetings had been held 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.

Initially the thought behind the establishment of AIMS was to provide 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.

At the 5th World Congress in 1989 in Melbourne, Australia, membership was extended beyond just marathons to all road races. Membership was extended even further at the 16th World Congress of AIMS in March 2007 held in Xiamen, China to explicitly include races held on off-road surfaces.

AIMS has firmly established itself as the major force behind the development and progress of distance running throughout the world. From an initial membership of 28 in 1982, it has grown to over 310 members in over 95 countries/territories with most of the world’s premier marathons and many other major road races as members.

Course measurement methods and standards established by AIMS have been recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) who have adopted the AIMS system as its own standard.

AIMS has recognised the world’s fastest times on the road and successfully proposed the criteria that have been officially adopted by the IAAF for the verification of World Records.

IAAF and AIMS co-operate on matters relating to doping control and the holding of course measurement seminars in various parts of the world. “Distance Running” is a quarterly magazine published jointly that goes out to some 400,000 runners worldwide.

AIMS is also committed to social initiatives such as the AIMS Children Series, the AIMS Museum of Running and the AIMS Marathon Symposium.

For further information on AIMS, please visit the AIMS Web

For a full list of AIMS member races, see calendar of events: