IAU celebrate 40th anniversary

This year marks a significant milestone for the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) as we celebrate 40th anniversary.

Founded on 22nd April 1984 in Austria, the IAU was created to provide a platform for ultrarunners from across the globe to compete at an international level. Throughout the years, the association has dedicated itself to standardizing ultramarathon race rules and regulations, playing a pivotal role in fostering the growth and recognition of ultrarunning as a legitimate and respected athletic discipline. 

The IAU has continuously strived to create a platform where athletes from around the world can test their limits, push boundaries, and inspire others through their remarkable feats of endurance. With a rich history of organizing world-class events, setting standards, and advocating for sport, the IAU has played a essential role in shaping the ultrarunning landscape as we have right now.

As the IAU celebrates its 40th anniversary, the association is poised to make this year truly special, honouring its rich history and the remarkable athletes who have contributed to its success. Join us as we commemorate 40 years of dedication, passion, and the relentless pursuit of excellence in ultrarunning. 

IAU Executive Council

April 11th, 2024


Publication from 2004

Publication from 2022 - Dan Brannen

Publication from summer 1984 - IAU update

IAU celebrate 40th anniversary

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