The world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is delighted to announce a partnership with the International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM). This partnership will see the IIRM become the official medical arm of AIMS and two IIRM Board Members taking up positions as "medical advisors" to AIMS.
Founded in October 2003 as the American Road Racing Medical Society (ARRMS), IIRM was developed to help create a streamlined medical response plan for race directors and medical volunteers to protect runners on their courses. The IIRM offers educational resources to race directors and sports medicine physicians including best responses for common road racing injuries and advice on how to train medical volunteers for race day.
This relationship will offer great benefit to AIMS Members who will be able to use IIRM as a conduit to access information, research and good practice from many of the world’s leading and most highly qualified medical professionals specialising in sport and in particular distance running.
Like AIMS, the IIRM is a member-based organisation and AIMS will encourage its member races to join IIRM so that IIRM can expand its work and presence in the 110 countries and territories where AIMS currently has members.
Dave Cundy, AIMS Vice President comments, "I am delighted to confirm this partnership between AIMS and the IIRM. I feel both organisations will feel the benefits of this partnership and I hope many AIMS members make use of the IIRM's educational resources to benefit their races and the best services to the runners."
Chris Troyanos, ATC, Executive Director of IIRM, comments, "We are very pleased to announce this partnership with AIMS. We are excited about the possibilities and look forward to providing AIMS and their member races with the expertise and knowledge that we have built over the past 12 years. It has been a longstanding goal of the IIRM to have a true international reach, the partnership with AIMS will be a positive step towards that goal.”
AIMS is a member-based organisation and since being established in 1982 has grown to a membership of more than 390 of the world's leading distance races, from over 110 countries and territories. AIMS members come from every continent and include the Athens Marathon The Authentic, formed on the legend of Pheidippides, the Greek soldier-runner who ran from the town of Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to announce the Persians had been defeated in the "Battle of Marathon." Other AIMS members include many of the world's greatest distance races such as the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Fukuoka, New York and Tokyo Marathons. The three key objectives of AIMS are:
1. To foster and promote distance running throughout the world
2. To work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races.
3. To exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association
For further information on AIMS please visit: aimsworldrunning.org
The International Institute for Race Medicine was originally called the American Road Racing Medical Society and was formed in October 2003 as a division of the American Running Association (ARA). The organization was designed to serve the road racing community in North America as an educational resource and medical leader for road races from the 5K distance up through the ultra-distances.
The vision and mission of the IIRM was established by the forethought and vision of Bill Roberts, MD, the Twin Cities Marathon Medical Director, Life Member of the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA), and Immediate-Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Over the first few years of their existence, the group established officers and a broader mission to enhance how road racing medical professionals learn and interact. Dr. Roberts envisioned that the IIRM would serve all medical professionals who work and/or volunteer at any size road race. Its mission would serve to educate the running industry, race organizers and the public about medical issues that impact the sport of running and road racing.
Recently, the group developed a partnership with the Matthew Good Foundation and the Good Family from the United Kingdom. Through their support and guidance, the organisation was renamed to the International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM) in 2012. Their goal is to help the IIRM collaborate with a number of organizations and events dealing with endurance athletes.
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