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It is an event which every distance runner in the world should either run
or attend at some point – the Athens Classic Marathon, scheduled this year
for November 11.
But not just runners; race organisers too.
For the latter, proceedings centre on the day before the marathon
(Saturday, November 10) with the sixth annual AIMS Marathon Symposium,
staged in the town of Marathon itself.
The subject of this year's Symposium will be 'Levels and Quality Control of
a Marathon event'. Principal speakers will be the AIMS board members, Mark
Milde (Berlin Marathon), Gary Boshoff (Comrades' Marathon), and Fernando
Jamarme (Santiago Marathon). More than 50 organizers of international
marathon races are expected to be in Athens for the AIMS Symposium.
Since 2012 is the 30th anniversary of both the re-launch of the Athens
Classic Marathon, and of the AIMS organisation itself, there will be a Gala
dinner, in Athens, on Friday evening, November 10. Legendary marathon
athletes and other marathon and athletics figureheads will be honoured by
AIMS & the Hellenic federation, SEGAS during this special event.
The Marathon Symposium on Saturday will be preceded by the traditional
lighting of the Marathon Flame, at the tomb of the soldiers who fell at the
Battle of Marathon in 490BCE, the foundation event for the marathon race
Race numbers were substantially increased two years ago, on the occasion of
the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. But overall entries for
this year's three major events – Marathon, 5k and 10k – will be even
higher, but limited to 25,000 competitors.
Earlier this year, millionaires' magazine Forbes named the Athens Classic
Marathon as one of the must-run marathons in the world.
Accordingly, organisers urge prospective marathoners, rich and less-rich,
to get their entries in soon.