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Congress history

The Establishing Congress was held in London in 1982, but was little more than a private meeting among those marathon organisers who had been instrumental in forming the Association (only formalised at that meeting). After that, the first open Congress of AIMS was held in Tokyo in January 1983, and since then 19 more AIMS World Congresses have been held, the latest of which was the 20th World Congress held on 29-31 May 2014 in Durban, South Africa.

At the 12th and 13th World Congresses in Kosice (Oct 1999) and Turin (April 2001) a day of presentations and seminars was followed by a specific business day. Since the 14th World Congress at Niagara Falls (Oct 2002) this has been extended to two days of presentations and seminars before the business day. Breaks are scheduled within both the seminar and business programme to allow for informal discussion among members, and there is a social programme run in parallel with the scheduled sessions.

On the business day, certain formalities are observed:

a. The Treasurer is obliged to present audited accounts since the previous World Congress.
b. Short reports are usually presented to attending members concerning membership and technical matters, and any specific issues of concern that have arisen since the previous Congress (or are ongoing).
c. Attending members select candidates to fill positions falling vacant on the Board. Each full member can cast as many votes as there are vacancies, and those candidates receiving the most votes are elected.
d. Attending members determine the venue and the date of the following World Congress, after presentations from interested candidates. Each full member casts one vote in each ballot, and the candidate venue receiving least votes in each round is eliminated. The balloting continues until one candidate venue has a simple majority.


Previous World Congresses of AIMS:

- 26 October 1981; Meeting of International Marathon Race Directors (IMRD) Sheraton Centre Hotel, New York USA
- 10/11 December 1981; ad-hoc Meeting of Association of International Marathons (AIMS) Surfrider Hotel, Honolulu USA
- 20 April 1982; ad-hoc Meeting of AIMS, Lenox Hotel, Boston USA
- 06/07 May 1982; First Congress of AIMS; Park Lane Hotel, London GBR



- 1st AIMS Congress:   Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo JPN; January 1983
- 2nd AIMS Congress:  Sheraton Bal Harbour Hotel, Miami USA; 5/6 January 1984
- 3rd AIMS Congress:   Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin GER; 26/27 September 1985
- 4th AIMS Congress:   Manila PHI; 16/17 February 1987
- 5th AIMS Congress:   Melbourne AUS; 05/06 October 1988
- 6th AIMS Congress:   Rotterdam NED; 18/20 April 1990
- 7th AIMS Congress:   Bangkok THA; 25/27 November 1991
- 8th AIMS Congress:   Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Lisboa POR; March 1993
- 9th AIMS Congress:   Macau MAC; December 1994
- 10th AIMS Congress: Barcelona ESP; 13/14 March 1996
- 11th AIMS Congress: Dish Hotel, Enschede NED; 07/08 June 1997
- 12th AIMS Congress: Hotel Slovan, Kosice SVK; 01/02 October 1999
- 13th AIMS Congress: Star Hotel Majestic, Torino ITA; 30/31 March 2001
- 14th AIMS Congress: Sheraton Hotel, Niagara Falls CAN; 24/26 October 2002
- 15th AIMS Congress: Hotel NH Las Artes, Valencia ESP; 17/19 February 2005
- 16th AIMS Congress: International Seaside Hotel, Xiamen CHN; 28/30 March 2007 
- 17th AIMS Congress: Mercure Grand Hotel Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo BRA; 2/4 April 2009 
- 18th AIMS Congress: Athens, GRE; 28-30 October 2010 
- 19th AIMS Congress: Prague, CZE ; 10-12 May 2012
- 20th AIMS Congress: Durban, RSA ; 29-31 May 2014

- 21th AIMS Congress: Athens, GRE; 10-12 November 2016

Rahvusvaheline Maratonide Liit (AIMS), mis esindab 447 maailma pikamaajooksu 117 riigis, sealhulgas Bostoni, Chicago, Berliini, Pariisi, Tokyo ja Ateena The Authentic (Ehtne) maratonid, pidas sel nädalal (06-09.09.2018) oma 22. ülemaailmset kongressi Eestis Tallinnas aastal, mil Eesti Vabariik tähistab oma 100. aastapäeva.