XXIV World Congress of AIMS in Vietnam 2024



Association of International Marathons and Distance Races

The home of world running™


AIMS is a global alliance comprising organizers from over 470 prestigious long-distance events spanning across 120 countries and regions.

Since its inception in 1982 with 28 pioneering members, AIMS has been dedicated to fostering the exchange of insights and expertise among marathon and long-distance road race organizers worldwide. AIMS has played a pivotal role in establishing standardized course measurements, accrediting world records, and collaborating with the World Athletics Federation (WA) to uphold the integrity of marathon and road race achievements.

Paco Borao - AIMS President (Bruce Wodder) © Copyright


World Congress of AIMS


One of the hallmark events of AIMS is its World Congress, a biennial gathering hosted in conjunction with member races. This gathering serves as a platform for members to converge, exchange ideas, and celebrate advancements in marathon and long-distance running.

Over the course of approximately three days, attendees participate in informative presentations, receive updates from the Board of Directors, and honor outstanding contributions through the AIMS Awards ceremony. The host city for each World Congress is determined through a democratic election process.



The 23rd World Congress of AIMS that was to be held in Batumi, Georgia was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and a decision was made by the Board of Directors in 2021 to hold the next 23rd World Congress during the Osaka Marathon in 2023.



The two-day World Congress of AIMS titled “Creating the Running Future” was held in Osaka from February 23 to 25, 2023. The Belgrade Marathon, led by director Darko Habuš, had the honor of attending this event as a member of AIMS and exchanging experiences with directors of the world’s largest marathons.

This has become an event of great importance for the city which be held again in Japan after 40 years, with more than a million spectators. Discussions focused on the post-COVID period and ways to cope with a reduced number of runners.


AIMS announces the award of the Host City of the XXIV World Congress


Looking forward, AIMS is thrilled to announce the Host City for the XXIV World Congress. Building on the success of the previous Congress in Osaka, Japan, AIMS, in partnership with DHA Vietnam, is proud to reveal that the upcoming gathering will grace the vibrant city of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Scheduled for November 14th to 17th, 2024, in conjunction with the Halong Bay Marathon, this event promises an enriching program set against the backdrop of Vietnam's scenic beauty.

Members and sponsors are encouraged to mark their calendars now for this unparalleled opportunity to engage in the heart of one of the world's fastest-growing regions for the sport of long-distance running.



5th floor, V+ Commercial Center, 505 Minh Khai street, Vinh Tuy ward, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi, Vietnam.

TEL:(+84) 96 207 4489
EMAIL: congress@dhavietnam.vn