“Running will get even more popular“
Hiroaki Chosa, President of the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS)
2004-01-05What is the position of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON internationally?
Hiroaki Chosa: “The real,-BERLIN-MARATHON is well known as the fast course to the elite runners. At the same time, this marathon has been successful in developing sub events such as inline skating as well as power walking which generate interest from various people. The organizer is always challenging cooperated with the government of Germany as well as the city council to satisfy various needs of the runners. Therefore the real,-BERLIN-MARATHON is positioned as one of the ideal well noted big city marathons throughout the world.“
What do you think of the development of road running in general?
Hiroaki Chosa: “People recognize that ,health is one of the key issues in life. Running enables people being healthy physically and mentally thus people more actively enjoy their lives. Therefore road running will be developing further to meet various demands of the runners.“
Do you think the growth of races will continue, will running get even more popular – and why might this happen?
Hiroaki Chosa: “It will continue and get more popular. Because road races can provide runners the feeling of achievement, a little bit of tourism as well as communication.“
What could be done to promote running more and get more attention of the media?
Hiroaki Chosa: “The key issues are: Great performances by elite runners. And contribution to the society by the runners through charitable activities.“
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