WELCOME TO THE ONLY WORLD ATHLETICS GOLD LABEL MARATHON IN NORTHERN EUROPE!
If you have never been to Riga then running a marathon or half-marathon could be a good reason to visit one of the most beautiful cities on the Baltic Sea coast. Marathon running has a long history in Riga City and after 29 years it has grown to welcome 38 000 runners from 82 countries offering five races - marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, 6 km, and 4.2 km Family Run together with many running festivities throughout the weekend. Rimi Riga Marathon has been awarded to prestigious World Athletics Gold Label thus confirming the high quality and excellent organizational level of the race.
Rimi Riga Marathon 2020 will take place on May 16-17, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday) with five races and various events taking place throughout the weekend. Here’s the weekend programme for 2020:
|May 15, Friday||
|May 16, Saturday||
|May 17, Sunday||
The weather in Latvia is governed by a moderate oceanic climate. In May average air temperature is between +13C …+ 17C degrees. The probability of rainfalls in May is low. On average there are 21-25 sunny days in May and around 10 hours of daylight each day.
Have a quick look at the race from last year and feel the wonderful spring atmosphere.
The course lies in the very centre of Riga City and all runners can enjoy the charm of the largest city in the Baltic States. The course allows all visitors to run on both sides of the Daugava River, the largest river in Latvia and with the help of three bridges - Vanšu, Akmens and Salu. Runners can enjoy some of the most beautiful spots in Riga – the Art Nouveau district, the amazing panorama of Old Riga and Pārdaugava, as well as the paved streets of the Medieval Hanseatic Old Town and wooden architecture of Ķīpsala island. Riga is rather flat without significant hills or ascents; therefore the only major challenge is crossing the bridges.
The marathon course has been measured and certified by AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. All courses are traffic-free.
For other course maps and more detailed information about each race please visit the section Choose Your Race.
Start and finish
The start and finish area for all races will be located in 11. novembra krastmala between Daugava River and Old Riga.
A detailed start and finish area map will be provided in the official Runners' Guide, which will be handed out at the EXPO together with the bib number.
|42 km elites||8:30|
|42 km un 21 km||8:40|
|10 km 1st wave||12:30|
|10 km 2nd wave||12:45|
|6 km 1st wave||14:30|
|6 km 2nd wave||14:45|
All finishers will receive a commemorative medal together with a finisher's goody bag with fruits, snacks and soft drinks. Marathon finishers will be invited to relax at the 42 km Finishers' Lounge with additional complimentary refreshments and snacks. Post-race massage will be available to 42 km and 21 km finishers. Bag check and showers will be located nearby. There will be many surprises from organizers and marathon partners to make the experience as pleasant and joyful as possible – like, a rose for each female marathon finisher.
Marathon Medals and Official Marathon T-Shirt
Last year the Tet Riga Marathon medal set was created by artist Artūrs Analts: "I created a medal for each distance with one unifying element: a cube. The cube structure reflects the process - systematic physical and mental work to prepare for the goal. Each cube represents one kilometer, and together they make up the medal’s shape - the distance. The medal is an optical illusion, an impossible journey, as a marathon can sometimes be. The path of this cube can be run in different ways, symbolising each runner’s uniqueness, unrelenting training process and willpower."
Last year the official Adidas Marathon t-shirt was designed by Latvian artist Maija Kurševa. There was two versions to choose from. The artist explains: "In one picture, a marathon runner has taken over the city with her power, dominating it. Meanwhile, the other drawing is an ode to Riga’s single-story wooden buildings. They often live a parallel life hidden in the courtyards of larger buildings - like a village within a village."
Number of participants
We take great pride in the fact that Rimi Riga Marathon is the most international Baltic marathon - a record number of 4632 international runners from 82 countries registered for the race in 2019! Saturday’s Rimi Kids’ Day gathered 13 000 kids, while Sunday’s distances combined 25 659 runners (marathon - 2292, half-marathon - 5678, 10 km - 7149 and 6 km - 10540).
Top 10 countries in 2019
- Russia - 674
- Estonia - 451
- Belarus - 372
- Lithuania - 368
- Germany - 362
- Spain - 360
- Ukraine - 308
- Finland – 252
- Great Britain - 249
- The Netherlands - 137 and Israel - 137
Top 5 performances at Tet Riga Marathon 42 km & 21 km
|1||Andualem Belay Shiferaw, ETH||2:08:51||2019||Beyene Birke Debele, ETH||2:26:18||2019|
|2||Silas Kiprono Too, KEN||2:11:13||2018||Mola Worknesh Alemu, ETH||2:27:38||2019|
|3||Dominic Kimwetich Kangor, KEN||2:11:45||2016||Georgina Jepkirui Rono, KEN||2:28:22||2018|
|4||Joseph Kyengo Munywoki, KEN||2:12:14||2017||Deressa Kumeshi Sichala, ETH||2:29:44||2019|
|5||Kaleab Selomon Ghilagabr, ERI||2:12:21||2016||Bekelech Dada Bedada, ETH||2:31:22||2017|
Latvian national records for 42 km & 21 km
|42km||Valērijs Žolnerovičs||2:14:23||2017||Jeļena Prokopčuka||2:22:56||2005|
|21km||Valērijs Žolnerovičs||1:04:43||2011||Jeļena Prokopčuka||1:08:43||2001|
Riga is easily accessible by plane from all major European airports serviced by AirBaltic, Ryanair, Norwegian, WizzAir and many others.
Our longtime official hotel partner Radisson Blu takes excellent care of runners during the race weekend. Choose from a host of stunning Radisson hotels in top locations in the Old Town and the commercial centre. Stay within easy reach of the Tet Riga Marathon’s start and key attractions including the impressive Dome Cathedral, Riga Opera House and the 17th-century Blackheads House.
Visit www.radissonblu.com to book your accommodation.
First time in Riga? See the most important sights, hear about the city's 800 year-old history, feel its charm - on a guided tour! Visit LIVE RIGA, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau Foundation's webpage for all the best Riga offers.
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