The world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and awards sponsor ASICS are delighted to announce Kenyan athlete Geoffrey Mutai as the male AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year for 2012.
Today in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, Mutai’s outstanding achievements were given global recognition during a presentation in the race village for the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon.
Race Director of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon and AIMS PR Manager for Asia, Nathan Clayton presented Mutai with the acclaimed Golden Shoe Trophy during an awards ceremony at a media event in advance of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, taking place on Friday, 15th February 2013.
This is the second time that Geoffrey Mutai (31) has been named as AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year. His first award came in 2011. Geoffrey’s award is the fourth consecutive award to be given to a male Kenyan athlete.
Born on 7 October 1981, Geoffrey Mutai started to post a string of eye-catching performances on the road after his 59:30 win in the Valencia Half Marathon in 2009 - although that was only 6 weeks after winning the Eindhoven Marathon in 2:07:01 (following up his 2:07:50 victory there in 2008). In 2010 he improved to 2:04:55 in finishing second in Rotterdam, and second in Berlin only 15 seconds slower than that before rounding off with a 59:38 victory in the Delhi Half Marathon. In 2011 he replaced his runner-up spots with two sensational victories in the Boston Marathon, where on an "assisted" course he ran the fastest ever time of 2:03:02, and in New York, where he smashed the record with 2:05:06. He also recorded a personal best for 10km at 27:19 in Boston.
Missing Olympic selection in 2012 Mutai instead won the Berlin Marathon in a world leading 2:04:15 - but only a second ahead of his training partner, Denis Kimetto. His winning time in the Boston 10km, 27:29, was enough for him to lead the rankings at that distance as well.
The AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year Awards were founded in 1992 and are decided each year from nominations made by the 350 member races of AIMS. Previous male winners include Benson Masya (KEN), Dionicio Cerón (MEX), Vincent Rousseau (BEL), Paul Tergat (KEN), Josia Thugwane (RSA), Ronaldo da Costa (BRA), Abel Antón (ESP), Gezahenge Abera (ETH), Josephat Kiprono (KEN), Khalid Khannouchi (USA), Stefano Baldini (ITA), Jaouad Gharib (MAR), Haile Gebrselassie (ETH), the late Samuel Wanjiru (KEN), Patrick Makau (KEN) and Geoffrey Mutai (KEN).
AIMS President Paco Borao comments: “It is an honour for AIMS to recognise Geoffrey with the AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year Award. Geoffrey demonstrated exceptional form last year which is reflected in his achievements. It is with great pleasure we recognise his achievements on behalf of the 350 members of AIMS in over 95 countries throughout the world. I would like to give special thanks to Nathan Clayton, Race Director of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon and AIMS Continental PR Manager for Asia for his work in making this presentation possible as part of this excellent event.”
Geoffrey Mutai comments: “I am delighted to win this prestigious award for a second time. The RAK Half Marathon is a great race and I am very happy to be able to receive this award here. I would like to thank AIMS, their members and award sponsors ASICS for presenting me with this trophy.”
Race Director, Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon and AIMS Continental PR Manager for Asia, Nathan Clayton comments: “I am delighted to host this presentation at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. I was honoured to present Geoffrey with his AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year Award last year and I am delighted to be able to do the same this year. I would like to thank the AIMS board for choosing this event as the host of such a prestigious ceremony.”