Presented by OPAP s.a. (the Leading Gaming Operator in Greece)






This year marks the 30th anniversary of AIMS, the Association having been "established" at a meeting on 6-7 May 1982.  Coinciding with AIMS, the Athens Classic Marathon (ACM) also celebrates its 30th anniversary.

AIMS & SEGAS (the Hellenic Athletics Association organizer of ACM) together will honor their common 30th anniversary through a special event, a Gala-Dinner to take place in Athens, the birthplace of Marathon, the location of the new AIMS headquarters and the site of the authentic marathon, the Athens Classic Marathon. The joint celebration of AIMS & ACM will be presented by the Patron of AIMS and major sponsor of ACM, OPAP s.a., the leading gaming operator in Greece.


AIMS & SEGAS on behalf of ACM will honor all those who have contributed towards making our running movement into such a successful mass sporting community in front of the Greek political and sport leaders, the Boards of AIMS & SEGAS, more than 50 race directors from all continents and a number of sporting and social figureheads from Greece and abroad.


During the Gala-Dinner which will be held in the historic center of Athens, on the evening of 9 November 2012, AIMS & ACM will honor Patrick Makau, the World Marathon Record Holder, Rosa Mota, the Olympic Medalist of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Nikos Pollias, the Greek Marathon Record holder, Georgia Abatzidou, the Greek female multi winner of ACM, Hiroaki Chosa, founding member and former President of AIMS, Lamine Diack, President of IAAF (tbc) and the organizers of the oldest Marathons on each continent.

AIMS and SEGAS are pleased to encourage the runners of the world to be in Athens for this unique 30th Anniversary of the Athens Classic Marathon. To register for the ACM a runner needs to visit The same website can also be used for media accreditation.

AIMS also encourages its members to register for the Gala-Dinner (Friday, November 9th), which will be followed next day by the 6th AIMS Marathon Symposium (Saturday, November 10th). Both events are free of any registration fee for one delegate per Marathon race. Registration of AIMS members for both events has been extended to October 15th, 2012 and must be done through the registration