The IAAF and AIMS recognises three grades of course measurers as competent to measure specific types of courses. While in Canada anyone can measure a race, race organizers are encouraged to seek the services of a graded measurer to ensure quality and accuracy of measurement, some Run Canada events and all events included on the IAAF/AIMS Joint Calendar require measurements to be completed by graded measurers.
Grade C – local courses, including national championship courses, but no races in the AIMS or IAAF calendars
Grade B – as above, plus area championship races and races in the AIMS/IAAF joint calendars
Grade A – as above, plus World Championships, Cup and Olympic Games? courses (run under IAAF Rule 1.1(a))
Grading of Measurers
Grading of measurers is at the discretion of the International Measurement Administrator, who will make recommendations for the approval of the annual joint meeting of AIMS and IAAF. The basic guidelines for grading measurers are as follows:
C measurers are C graded on successful completion of a bona fide IAAF/AIMS course measurement seminar which was managed by an A grade measurer, plus the completion of several independent measurements with full documentation.
Grading as a “C” measurer is a recognition that the person concerned has skills appropriate for measuring road race courses in Canada, for races on the national or provincial calendar. This requires two things:
1. the basic technical knowledge of how to measure a course.
2. the ability of the measurer to produce a measurement report that can be easily and unambiguously understood by an informed reader.
Grading as a “C” measurer is confirmed after the candidate has performed several measurements and sent documentation of these to the responsible International Measurement Administrator, who will use them as the basis for assessment of criteria (ii) above. At least two measurement reports must be forwarded to the Administrator within 12 months of the seminar for a candidate to be considered for grading as a “C” measurer.
Become a Measurer
In Canada, anyone can measure a course and apply for certification, it is not necessary to enroll in formal training. The measurement manual is designed to guide a novice measurer through the steps, lists the necessary equipment, and provide the forms for completing the paperwork.
Elite level races including IAAF and AIMS designated events, championship events and RUNCanada label events may require that measurement has been completed by a graded measurer. If you are interested in measuring elite level races, you must become a graded measurer under the IAAF/AIMS Measurement System.
Marcel LaMontagne, a AIMS/IAAF Grade “A” Measurer, experienced in measuring road race event courses in Western Canada
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