Road-running: Comrades brings international conference to Durban

2012-05-18 00:00

IN a first for South Africa and the continent, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has brought home the rights to host the 20th Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (Aims) Congress in Durban in May 2014.

The goal of Aims is to foster and promote distance running throughout the world, to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races and to exchange information, knowledge and expertise with members of the association.

Held every two years, the Aims congress brings together leading organisers of road-running in a selected host country for four days of workshops, seminars and interaction. The delegates have the opportunity to share their experiences, challenges and possibilities and pave the way for greater interaction and collaboration.

Delegates from 60 countries were represented at this year’s 19th Aims gathering in the Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague in the past week.

CMA chairperson Peter Proctor and general manager Gary Boshoff were among the bidding hosts for the prestigious Aims congress in 2014.

“This is a huge coup …,” said Boshoff. “The convergence of these delegates from all over the world on Durban will undoubtedly boost the profile of this beautiful city and set the pace for renewed interest in its tourism and other business prospects.”

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