Runners’ conference to focus on how to host compliant races

2012-11-28 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S capital is set to add another sporting first to its history with the hosting of the inaugural 2013 regional conference of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (Aims) on February 22 next year.

At the official launch of the Aims conference in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, a call was made for all road running organisers to gather in the city for a conference to discuss ideas relating to the staging of compliant and successful road running events, while promoting the sport on the continent.

It is envisaged about 150 race organising officials, representing races across the country, will attend, allowing delegates to interact and glean knowledge from experts in the field of road running and event management. The conference features a range of professionals in their field who will cover issues such as safety, the Sports and Recreational Events Bill, appointing of a safety officer, police responsibility and compliance, disaster management, public liability insurance and small event compliance.

These are vital aspects in ensuring an event is organised in a professional manner, benefiting organisers, participants and supporters.

Gary Boshoff, Comrades Marathon Association general manager and Aims executive board member, said: “This conference is an important step to getting race organisers sharing a common platform to discuss and debate matters of common concern. In this way, they can exchange ideas and learn from each other.”

Pietermaritzburg also hosts its annual 42,2 km Comrades qualifying marathon and race director John Hall was equally proud of the city being given the honour of hosting the conference. “We are honoured that Aims has granted us the opportunity to host such an esteemed conference. It’s appropriate it is in the City of Choice where representatives from other races will have a choice and opportunity of joining AIMS and promoting the great sport of road running,” he said. Only 200 delegates can attend.

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