The Riga Marathon is over, for the first time in the history of 30 years of existence it is taking place virtually. The marathon was attended by 15,964 participants from 67 countries. Participants of their distance had the opportunity to run anywhere in Latvia and in the world, optionally recording the results on the marathon virtual running club platform or for fun after running without recording the result, informs the event organizers.
In total, less than 10,000 participants registered for marathon day distances this year: 802 runners registered for the 42 km distance, 2,370 participants applied for the half marathon, 2,743 runners for the 10 km distance, and 5,928 running enthusiasts for the 5.5 km distance. 6,121 families with children had registered for Children’s Day: 1,716 participants for the family race, but in the short distances – 200 m, 400 m and for Happy babies – 4,405 little zipper. The results of the Riga Marathon virtual running club were recorded by 3412 participants.
“This weekend we saw that the running movement and the runner community, which had been created for years, are more alive than alive. The runners were ready to adapt to the new conditions and support the marathon by running their distance anywhere in Latvia and the world. The Rimi Riga Marathon has never seen so many pictures with marathon numbers and video stories on social networks. Thank you to everyone for the encouragement and support you have given us these days, ”Aigars Nords, the director of the Riga Marathon, was moved by the virtual marathon.
All registered participants, regardless of whether they recorded the results in a virtual running club or simply ran their distance anywhere in Latvia or in the world, will receive medals created by Olympic medal designer Dzhunic Kavanisi. From Wednesday, October 14, they will be available at the marathon season event center “Alfa”, which will also host a marathon medal week, providing participants with various surprises and special offers in several shopping center stores.
It has already been reported that the Riga Marathon was canceled shortly before the start shot – the event was to start on Saturday in Riga, but on Friday evening it was banned by a government decision based on the epidemiological situation.
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