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October 19, 2007

The International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Copenhagen messenger Martin “Banana” Larsen has been awarded the 2008 "Markus Cook Memorial Award" (MCA) for Services to the International Messenger Community . The Cook Award is presented annually to “to the courier who inspires and empowers the wider messenger community, the messenger that puts all of us before themselves.”  The MCA was conceived as a way for the international messenger community to thank it's most dedicated workers. Nominations are sought from the messenger community for those individuals who have done most for us.

MCA 2008 Martin Larsen

Martin is a veteran messenger who as IFBMA president, Andy Duncan, notes “is “known for tireless hard work, organizing messenger races and pulling people together.” Messenger championships all over the world have benefited from his sacrifice and dedication. From Copenhagen, Oslo and New York City to Sydney, Dublin and Toronto, Martin’s influence is not only upon the Championships but also the messenger community.

Through his leadership in the IFBMA, the Copenhagen Bike Messengers Association and the Toronto Bike Messenger Association, Martin has fought to improve living and working conditions for all messengers.

At much personal and financial sacrifice, he spent much of the past year in Toronto helping to organize the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships. His experience, his diligent efforts and most of all his example were a gift to the city, its cycling community and its messengers. Before Martin left six months later he laid the ground work to unite the struggling community and rebuild the city’s Bike Messenger Association.

2006 Markus Cooke winner, Kevin “Squid” Bolger lauds Martin’s work at the 2002 CMWC. “I was blown away with dedication and attention to detail that he exhibited in producing the main event. I asked him to show me how it worked and he gave me his completed notes and instructions in a leather binder.” He also “helped enormously with the main event. His ideas and execution were invaluable.”

Squid echoes the entire messenger community when he says “I am happy and proud to be a part of awarding the Markus Cooke Award to Martin 'Banana' Larsen!!

More at Martin's blog CPHFXT
And more again at Moving Target

For more information see:
Markus "Fur" Cook Award