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The IMFRInternational Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians

is a group of Rotarians dedicated to ─▒promoting long distance running and endurance sports as an opportunity to experience fellowship.
The objectives of our Fellowship are:

  • to develop and promote world-wide friendship through running in competitive events and engaging in touristic activities
  • to serve the community locally, nationally and internationally through running activities
  • to promote international understanding and peace through running activities.

The idea of founding this organization originated at Paris Marathon in 2005.

The charter initiation party of our fellowship was celebrated in 2006 during the marathon in Berlin. The main intention of the IMFR is to organize one Rotarian event a year during an international marathon, where you can meet Rotarian friends and run for a beneficial purpose. Members have come together once a year since 2005 to run in a nominated marathon. We have previously participated in the Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, Medoc, Vienna, Townsville / Great Barrier Reef, Graz, London, Rome, Budapest, Ljubljana and Queenstown Marathon New Zealand, steadily raising funds for PolioPlus. The true international spirit of Rotary and the fellowship is always manifested at such gatherings and long lasting friendships have been developed over the years. is the passionate Rotarian marathon fan’s first port of call next to Facebook. Here, all the news about our events is posted and people can share ideas and experiences.
The IMFR is open to all Rotarians, Rotaracts and their families. All you need is enthusiasm for the challenge of running; amateur runners are more than welcome.

The 2019 Board

Lutz Bachmann – President

Rachel Cole  – Vice President

Kester Baines – Past President

Mike Pollard – Secretary

Joachim Bekedorf – Treasurer

Impressions and Moments

London with PDG Mike

“The 2013 Marathon was a surreal experience for me – as an unexpected celebrity, in my 24th marathon.  Meeting up with the IFMR team at the start and posing for many photos, I started with my fellow Governor (District 1130) Eve crossing the start line in joint last place.  This was challenging as I have always been striving towards a quick start.  During the run my wheel must have been the most photographed standalone Rotary wheel in the world.  I was raising money for the Rotary WheelAppeal which was the chairty for many UK Governors during the London 2012 Olympics.  It was set up to to help disabled potential athletes with getting their first sporting wheelchair.  Several medal winning athletes have been supported by Rotary. As Governor I raised over four thousand Euros from running the marathon.  Every year I continue to marshal the London Marathon running a team outside the Houses of Parliament and have been able to cheer on several Rotarians running past.  After being Governor (District 1140, south of London) I have continued to undertake Rotary roles in the UK and for Rotary International. “All the bestCheers Mike Thorn2020 Honolulu Convention Promotion Committee 
Twitter: @mikerotaryFacebook @RotaryMike 

Charter Initiation Party Berlin

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Come meet us up closer

Every one of our board members is devoted to run the finest marathon events.

Rachel Cole
Vice President (USA)

RC of Summerville Evening
District 7770

Joachim Bekedorf Treasurer (Germany)

RC Goettingen-Muenden
District 1800

Lutz Bachmann President

Rotary E-club of London Centenary
District 1130

Mike Pollard Secretary

RC Ardres-Auduicq-Guines
District 1520

Kester Baines
Past President (Australia)

RC Kardinia
District 9780

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Rotary Wheel Gold

Rachel Cole President 2021/22
Keith Fagg
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PDG Frankl Sonntag