Athletics Canada believes that every runner deserves to run on an accurately measured course. Our course certification program confirms that the advertised a race course distance has been accurately measured according to international standards and the measurement data is reviewed by an accredited certifier.
Course certification provides an opportunity to be able to conduct meaningful comparisons between different race courses for the achievement of personal best performances, as well as ensuring the fair administration of qualifying times and establishment of records. A properly measured course also helps timing companies to position timing equipment at the appropriate location.
The standards for course measurement are jointly established by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The system is managed by experienced course measurers. In Canada, this service is managed under the authority of Athletics Canada.
Validity of Certification*
Athletics Canada Certification: 10 years
Events on IAAF/AIMS Calendar: 5 years
*Should a course be changed in any way from one year to the next, it must be re-measured and a new certification issued.