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“C” Course Measurement Certification Workshop

March 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Location: Room 4, Percy Page Centre (11759 Groat Road)

Measurer Grading

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
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, 15+ years experienced in measuring road race event courses in Western Canada.

This seminar will instruct you on how to measure a course to Internationally accepted standards, and prepare the documentation for certification.

For detailed information regarding course measurement and downloadable Measurement Booklet please refer to http://www.acroad.ca


  • Introduction of participants and instructor.
  • Governing bodies and measurer grading.
  • General principles of measurement.
  • Review of the forms used, perform measurement calculations exercise.
  • Review of measure maps and data required for certification.
  • Introduction to a Jones Counter; mount counter on bikes; demonstration of riding;.
  • How to prepare for a measurement.
  • Layout a calibration course.
  • Measure a course on a roadway.

What you need to bring:

  • a laptop, you will receive a USB key with the course outline and reference documents.
  • a bicycle. ensure the front forks can accommodate a Jones Counter. Some mountain bikes have larger from forks and it is difficult to mount a counter on such forks.
  • A safety vest and helmet. Every participant must wear a high visibility safety vest and helmet when riding their bike.
  • Jones Counter. The Jones Counter is the only device with the accuracy require to measure courses within the accepted tolerances. Available in two formats expect to pay approximately $140.00 USD + shipping, available online. A couple counters may be available should you require one, check with instructor prior to course.
  • Lucas Handlebar Counter [email protected] (preferred)
    Jone Counters www.jonescounter.com
  • Calculator and pocket notepad.
  • Other material (steel tape, friction tape, hammer, nails, paint, spray chalk, pens and paper) will be provided.

Course participants will receive a Grade “C” course measurer designation.

Marcel can be contacted should you have any questions regarding the course. [email protected]

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March 18, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Percy Page Centre
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3K6 Canada
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