Our sport is a global sport. Today, in Florida and in Greece, race directors were together working for a common goal-making their events better and branding our sport. In Florida today, Toni Reavis, a well respected global commentator on our sport, challenged race directors and sport leaders to champion childhood obesity, and to work together to give the sport a higher level of interest across the globe.
My review of Road Race Management coming on Sunday.
2nd AIMS MARATHON SYMPOSIUM
Hiroaki Chosa at the AIMS Symposium in Marathon:
â€žThe marathon spirit grows and expands throughout the worldâ€œ
,Adding value to your marathonâ€™ was the topic of the 2nd Marathon Symposium of the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS) held in Marathon (Greece) on Saturday. The Symposium took place on the day before the 26th Athens Classic Marathon which will feature more than 10,000 runners (including running events at shorter distances) Sunday. A large number of Race Directors from around the globe came to Marathon to participate in the Symposium.
The Athens Classic Marathon traditionally leads from Marathon to Athens. It was there where the story of the classic race began back in 1896. And of course the idea of the marathon origins from the legend of Pheidipidis, who is said to have run the distance from the battlefield near Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory against the Persians in 490 BC.
The former battlefield today is a tomb, called Marathon Tomb. And this was the venue for a ceremony on Saturday. â€œAs the marathon spirit grows and expands throughout the world I feel that humanity should pay tribute to Greece, Marathon and Athens for their symbolism and historic value as the birth place of the ancient Olympic Games, which were later revived in modern times in this same country,â€ stated Hiroaki Chosa the President of AIMS from Japan. Together with Maria Polizou (Greek marathon record holder with 2:33:40) Hiroaki Chosa was later to light the ,Marathon Fireâ€™, which was brought to the starting point of Sundayâ€™s race by a torch relay. Children covered the distance of approximately three kilometres from the Marathon Tomb to Marathon.
Additionally at the starting point of the Athens Classic Marathon a stone was unveiled, which was found at the former starting point of the Olympic Marathon in 1896. It carries the figure 40, which marks the distance of 40 kilometres the marathon runners had to cover at the first Olympics.
A full report of Saturdayâ€™s events and the AIMS Symposium is to follow on Monday.
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(Media Director of Athens Classic Marathon)
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