IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course in Suva 2017

IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course in Suva

An official IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course was held in Suva from 14th – 19th June 2017 just before the Oceania Athletics Area Championships 2017.

A marathon is an obscure definition of distance that course measurers strive to pin down to the tarmac.

The IAAF handbook The Measurement of Road Race Courses helps, and you can download it here.

How do you know when you have just run a marathon?

Chances are, because the race organisers have told you so. But who told them? That’s the job of the course measurer, rare species of official seen mainly in the dead of night, mounted on a bicycle. On a bike, because that’s the easiest way for them to cover the ground; at night, because it’s a lot easier to do so when fewer cars are around to flatten them.

IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course in Suva

An official IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course was held in Suva from 14th – 19th June 2017 just before the Oceania Athletics Area Championships 2017.

The course was held at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) office, 17 Bau Street, Suva, Fiji, and financially supported by the Oceania Athletics Association.

The AIMS Technical Director Dave Cundy conducted all theoretical and practical sessions. Dave Cundy is the Vice President & Technical Director and  IAAF-AIMS Course Measurement Administrator, Asia & Oceania.

IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course Participants

  • Agasten Tabi – Vanuatu
  • James Akibwib – Tuvalu
  • Jon Orton – Suva Marathon Club, Fiji
  • Stephen Sanday – Suva Marathon Club, Fiji
  • Stuart Gow — Suva Marathon Club, Fiji

All participants completed the course and are now recognised as IAAF-AIMS Grade C measurers. After completing 5 more course measurements for other courses they can apply to be upgraded to a IAAF-AIMS Grade B measurer.

IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course
IAAF-AIMS Road Measuring course

IAAF-AIMS Certified Course

AIMS-Certified

Our Suva Marathon course is now listed as a qualifying race for Olympic Games, World Championships and the Boston Marathon.

Qualifying performances for World Championships & Olympic Games

The IAAF also has strict measurement criteria for courses that can be used for qualifying performances for World Championships and Olympic Games. Courses must be measured by an accredited IAAF-AIMS Grade A or B measurer and the elevation change must be less than 1m/km. Courses with a separation greater than 50 per cent are eligible for qualification purposes.

 

Association of International Marathons and Distance Races – serving running since 1982

Dave Cundy

Vice President – Association of International Marathons and Distance Races

Email: [email protected]

Dave is Australia’s most experienced marathon director.

He was the Race Director of the Canberra Marathon for 30 years from 1980 until 2010; the Race Director of The Host City Marathon in Sydney in 2000; the Road Events Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Marathons; the Technical Director of the Gold Coast Marathon from 2001 to 2006; and the Race Director of the Australian Outback Marathon from its inauguration in 2010 to 2012. He has been the Race Director of the Great Wall Marathon in China since 2002. Dave works closely with the sport’s governing bodies. He is an international road running technical official (ICRO) with the IAAF; a Grade A IAAF-AIMS course measurer; the IAAF-AIMS Course Measurement Administrator for Asia & Oceania; has served for over 25 years on Athletics Australia’s Distance Running Commission; and managed Australian distance running teams. He was awarded a Merit Award by his local Athletics Association in 1990; Life Membership of Athletics Australia in 1997 and the Australian Sports Medal from the Australian Government in 2000. Dave was the official IAAF course measurer for the 1998 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2006 (Melbourne) Commonwealth Games Marathons, the 2004 (Delhi) and 2010 (Nanning) World Half Marathon Championships, the 2007 World Championships (Osaka), the 2008 Olympic Games Marathons (Beijing) and the 2011 World Championships (Daegu).

Fran Seton and Dave Cundy
Fran Seton and Dave Cundy

He is also the official international course measurer for the Virgin London Marathon. He was the IAAF technical delegate for the 2010 World Half Marathon Championships (Nanning) and the technical delegate for three major events in India in from 2010 to 2012 – the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and the TCS World 10km in Bangalore.

Dave has been an active marathon runner, finishing each of his 31 marathons with a best time in the 1981 Melbourne Marathon of 2.41.33. Dave was involved in the initial discussions to establish AIMS in the early 1980s and for some time during the 1980s was an individual member of AIMS, a category of membership that no longer exists.

He was co-opted to the Board at the Niagara Congress in 2002 and first elected to the Board at the Valencia Congress in 2005. At the 19th World Congress in Prague, Dave was elected to the position of Vice President. In July 2012 he accepted the role of AIMS Technical Director.

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IAAF-AIMS Road Course Measurement Seminar

IAAF CECS (New) Level I) Course

  • Suva, Fiji
  • 14 – 19 June 2017

AGENDA

Wednesday 14 June

1800 – 2130 Welcome and theory session

  • Seminar participants arrive
  • Introductions
  • Overview of the measurement process
  • Equipment required for measurement
  • Define the road race course
  • Select and measure a calibration course
  • Calibrate the bicycle on the calibration course

Thursday 15 June

1300 – 1630 Practical session

  • Attach counters to bicycles
  • Select a calibration course
  • Measure a calibration course
  • Calibrate the bicycles

1800 – 2130 Theory session

  • Design a road race course
  • Calibrate the bicycle
  • Measure a road race course
  • Re-calibrate the bicycle
  • Calculate the length of the road race course
  • Adjust the road race course

Friday 16 June

1300 – 1630 Practical session

  • Design and survey road course #1
  • Calibrate the bicycles
  • Measure road course #1
  • Re-calibrate the bicycles

1800 – 2130 Theory session

  • Calculate the length of road course #1
  • Adjust road course #1
  • Introduction to measurement reports

Saturday 17 June

0900 – 1200 Practical session

  • Adjust road course #1
  • Design and survey road course #2
  • Select and layout a calibration course
  • Calibrate the bicycles
  • Measure road course #2
  • Re-calibrate the bicycles

1200 – 1330 Lunch

1330 – 1630 Theory session

  • Calculate the length of road course #2
  • Adjust road course #2
  • Measurement reports

Sunday 18 June

  • 0900 – 1200 Practical session
  • 1200 – 1330 Lunch
  • 1330 – 1630 Theory session

Monday 19 June

0900 – 1200 Theory session

  • IAAF-AIMS grading system
  • IAAF-AIMS Course Measurement Administrators
  • What to do with measurement reports
  • IAAF-AIMS measurement certificates
  • IAAF-AIMS certified course logo
  • Course and participant evaluation
  • Seminar closure

Thank You

Suva Marathon CLub would like to specifically thank the following for facilitating and supporting this course:

 

 

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