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Tallinn is competing to host the international congress of AIMS in 2018

08.11.2016

Organisers of the SEB Tallinn Marathon – Estonia's largest popular sport event and the most popular international marathon in the Baltic States – are in Athens (the capital of Greece) this week to participate in the 21st congress of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) where the venue for the next congress will be decided. Of all those who stood for the position of the host of the 22nd AIMS congress, the Georgian capital Tbilisi, the Malaysian city of Penang and the Estonian capital Tallinn made it into the final round

Should Tallinn be chosen, the high-level congress would take place in the capital of Estonia from 6 September to 8 September 2018 – on the year of Estonia's 100th birthday.

Mati Lilliallik, the Chief Organiser of the SEB Tallinn marathon, said that hosting the congress would mean considerable acclaim for a small country like Estonia and would bring with it a huge responsibility but would also be an opportunity, as Tallinn and Tallinn Marathon would find themselves in the spotlight of the running world, which would in turn create good conditions for a number of marathon runners across the world to come to Estonia, thus improving our reputation and competitiveness in the future. If the congress took place in Tallinn, it would also be a great challenge and a good opportunity for the whole country but first and foremost for our capital to introduce ourselves. There are approximately 3.5 million 'marathon tourists' constantly travelling the world who are looking for new and exciting challenges – most of them have not been to Estonia yet.

 

AIMS is an association founded in 1982 that has 410 international marathons and distance races from 110 countries across all continents as its members. They include distance races known all over the world, such as the marathons of Berlin, Paris, New York, Boston, and Tokyo.

The three main goals of AIMS are:

 

  1. To foster and promote distance running throughout the world.
  2. To work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races.
  3. To exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association.

 

For a more detailed overview see www.AIMS-worldrunning.org

Information on the AIMS congress can be found at: www.aimsworldcongress2016.gr

This week, AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) measurer-administrator Hugh Jones is visiting Tallinn to officially measure the Tallinn Marathon 42.2km, 21.1km and Optibet 10km courses.