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2014 "Best Marathon Runner" Award Gala
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November 7, 2014

Dennis Kimetto and Florence Kiplagat were the male and female winners of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award for 2014, as voted for by the AIMS Members, made up of over 370 of the world’s leading and most prestigious distance races from over 100 countries and territories.

Dennis Kimetto and Florence Kiplagat’s outstanding achievements were given global recognition tonight (Friday 7 November 2014) at the AIMS Best Marathon Runner’ (BMR) Award Gala in Athens, Greece. The BMR Gala was presented by the Patron of AIMS, OPAP S.A., the leading gaming operator in Greece.

AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Award Winner Dennis Kimetto with his Award.
AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Award
Winner Dennis Kimetto with his Award.
 
AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Award Winner Florence Kiplagat with her Award.
AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Award
Winner Florence Kiplagat with her Award.
Dennis Kimetto and Florence Kiplagat’s outstanding achievements were given global recognition tonight (Friday 7 November 2014) at the AIMS Best Marathon Runner’ (BMR) Award Gala in Athens, Greece. The BMR Gala was presented by the Patron of AIMS, OPAP S.A., the leading gaming operator in Greece.
Dennis won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October 2013 (in 2:03:45) before setting a new world record time of 2:02:57 in winning the BMW Berlin Marathon in September 2014, breaking the previous record by 26 seconds.

Dennis Kimetto comments: “It is very special for me to have won the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award. I have had a great year and this award reflects that. I am honoured to receive a truly global award voted for by the AIMS members, over 370 races around the world. I would like to thank AIMS and tonight’s sponsor OPAP for their recognition of my achievements.”
Florence set a new World Record time for the women’s Half Marathon of 1:05:12 in the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona (February 2014), improving on Mary Keitany’s previous record by 38 seconds. Florence would go on to finish 2nd in the Virgin Money London Marathon in a time of 2:20:24 in April 2014.

Florence Kiplagat comments: “It is incredibly special for me to receive this prestigious award. It makes it extra special that I have received it in the spiritual home of the marathon in Greece. I am well aware of the 2,500 year history of the marathon and I am delighted to feel a small part of it. I would like to thank AIMS for recognising my achievements.”

AIMS President Paco Borao comments: “I am delighted that AIMS 370 races from over 100 countries have recognised the great achievements of these athletes in the spiritual home of the Marathon Movement, Athens. The athletes recognised tonight are an inspiration to people all around the world in promoting the marathon and running movement. It is our pleasure to recognise such fine athletes.”
There were several other awards presented at the Best Marathon Runner Award Gala. The awards and winners are as follows:
AIMS Green Award
The BMW Frankfurt Marathon received the ‘AIMS Green Award’ for 2014 in recognition of the event’s excellent environmental practice including developing new projects each year in six ‘spheres of action’* where continuous improvement of environmental protection is targeted. Also shortlisted for the award were were the Volkswagen Prague Marathon in the Czech Republic and the Querétaro Maratón in Mexico.
Jo Schindler, Race Director of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon comments: “We are delighted and honoured to receive this award. We are delighted to be in Athens, the home of the Marathon and AIMS Headquarters for the AIMS BMR Gala, to receive this award. We believe that the AIMS Green Award is an excellent initiative in promoting the excellent environmental practice of so many races around the world. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to AIMS and their sponsors for recognising us with this award.”
Jo Schindler, Race Director of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon with the AIMS Green Award
Jo Schindler, Race Director of the BMW Frankfurt
Marathon with the AIMS Green Award
AIMS Social Award
The ‘AIMS Social Award’ for 2014 was presented to the Tokyo Marathon for it’s outstanding work raising money for chosen charitable causes (over 2.42m US Dollars in 2014).
Tadaaki Hayano, Race Director of the Toyko Marathon comments: “It is a great honour for the Tokyo Marathon to be recognised with the AIMS Social Award. We are very proud of our TSUNAGU** (unite) program under the slogan ‘The Day We Unite’ as it recognises not only the 36,000 runners who take part in the Tokyo Marathon but the 10,000 volunteers and 1.6 million people who cheer the runners on. We are also delighted that we continue to break our record for money raised through the TSUNAGU program for our chosen charity recipients. We would like to thank AIMS and their sponsors for recognising us with this award.”
Koji Sakurai, President and CEO of the Tokyo Marathon with the AIMS Social Award
Koji Sakurai, President and CEO of the Tokyo
Marathon with the AIMS Social Award
AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award
The AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to George Hirsch in recognition of his significant role in the development of the Marathon Movement, particularly in the United States of America. George was worldwide publisher of Runner’s World magazine and, in collaboration with Race Director Fred Lebow, George helped start the five-borough New York City Marathon in 1976 to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial. He is currently the chairman of the board of the New York Road Runners, the organizers of the TCS New York City Marathon.
George Hirsch comments: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award from AIMS. I have watched with great pride as the Marathon Movement has grown and developed particularly since the 1970’s. I would like to extend my thanks to AIMS for choosing to recognise me in this way. The award feels extra special that I have received the accolade in the shadow of those who created the event 2,500 years on. It is a very humbling experience.”
George Hirsch with his AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award
George Hirsch with his AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award
The purpose of the Gala is to:
  • Announce and honour the best male and female Marathon runners of the year through the AIMS BEST MARATHON RUNNER (BMR) Award. The BMR Award replaces the AIMS World Athlete of the Year Award.
  • Recognise and honour exceptional Marathon figureheads and personalities for their contribution to the development of the Marathon movement.
  • Publicise and promote the best practice and initiatives of AIMS members (370+ race organisers) through the establishment of special environmental and social awards.
  • Enhance the role, programs and services of AIMS.
*BMW Frankfurt Marathon - Six ‘Spheres of Action’
Spheres of action where continuous improvement of environmental protection is targeted:
  • Catering
  • Transport
  • Waste disposal
  • Merchandising
  • Energy/Water
  • Freedom of movement.
**Tokyo Marathon - TSUNAGU (unite)

Since 2011, under the slogan ‘The Day We Unite’, the Tokyo Marathon has been organising charity activities based on the Japanese concept of “TSUNAGU” (unite) in an effort to bring people together from runners, volunteers and spectators.
Those individuals who donate ¥100,000 ($916) or more and wish to run the race can participate in the marathon as charity runners. Money raised is then donated to the 13 chosen recipient programs of the Tokyo Marathon Charity “TSUNAGU”.

The 13 recipient programs of the Tokyo Marathon 2015 Charity “TSUNAGU” are:
  • Fostering the potential of athletes and promoting sports for the future
  • Installing shelters to save the lives of refugees forced to leave their homes due to conflicts
  • Providing and promoting sports activities for intellectually disabled people
  • Inviting children dealing with intractable diseases and their parents to the dream campsite equipped with medical care facilities.
  • Promoting and popularizing sports for people in Tokyo
    Afforestation that leads to less pollen ; thinning old cedar forests and planting cedar varieties that emit less pollen to reduce overall pollen counts
  • Providing training and increasing the availability of first-aid and emergency medical techniques.
  • Management and the construction of Ronald McDonald House residential facilities for children with intractable diseases and their families
  • Popularising and promoting sports for the handicapped
    Improving the Family House facilities
  • Rebuilding schools where Pakistani girls can learn in safety
    Restoring forests at the water source to protect our water for the future
  • Rebuilding the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

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