The AIMS President supported the SIM-2012 concept

PacoBorao, the President of The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) supported the concept of the XXIII Siberian International Marathon named "On the same day and the same hour." It will give its members the deserved right to run a distance equal to 42,195 km at the same time as members of the London Olympic marathon on August 12, 2012.


In a telegram addressed to AndreySandalkin, the Executive Director of Marathon, Noncommercial Partnership, PacoBorao pointed out in particular: "I would like to congratulate you and your team on this great idea that will undoubtedly promote the Olympic ideals through participation of well-known runners and, in particular through the race itself andfollowing the world standards of AIMS, Siberian International Marathonwhich took the experience in Zelenograd, where a race was organized in parallel with the Beijing Olympic marathon in 2008. Let me wish you on behalf of the AIMS a successful implementation of the project and hope that as it develops it will gain proper media coverage and attract the participation of many runners."


The idea marathon in Russia taking place simultaneously with a 42-kilometer men's race at the Olympic Games belongs to the Race and Us magazine’s chief editor Boris Prokopiev. The first such marathon named "On the same day and the same hour" was organized by the author of the idea and took place on August 24, 2008 in Zelenograd. The race became a companion for the male marathon at the Beijing Olympics. Taking into consideration a four-hour time difference between the Russian and Chinese capitals the race started in Zelenograd at 3:30 am. More than 250 runners completed the distance of 42 km195 m.


The experience of having the Zelenograd marathon at the same time as the Beijing marathon showed that thousands of runners can join the main sports event every four years through participation in this race. Providing live broadcast of the Olympic marathon on a video screen at the start and finish allowed the runners to measure their running against the best athletes in the world and experience the atmosphere of the Olympic Games thousands of miles away.


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