Lattelecom Riga Marathon awarded the prestigious IAAF Gold Label
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed the Lattelecom Riga Marathon’s compliance with the prestigious Gold Label. The Lattelecom Riga Marathon will be a Gold Label marathon for the first time on May 19, 2019, becoming the only marathon in Northern Europe to have entered the league of the world’s most prestigious marathons alongside Berlin, Tokyo, London, Boston, New York, Prague.
The Gold Label gives Riga the status of the most significant marathon in Northern Europe – it will generate a further interest in Riga as one of the ultimate marathon tourism destinations, as well as further stimulate the growth of running as the most popular public sport in Latvia.
In 2018, only 36 marathons worldwide were allowed to use the IAAF Gold Label (of which only 11 were in Europe) including the marathons of Tokyo, Paris, Prague, New York, London, Boston, Berlin, Amsterdam.
“The IAAF Label Road Races programme recognises the world’s leading road races. An IAAF Label denotes high standards in event organisation, full application of the IAAF Competition Rules, the local government’s support for the event, a commitment by the organiser to the advancement of the sport, and concrete steps in the global fight against doping. The IAAF Labels also categorise the best elite races, providing a guide for athletes, fans and media to the world’s finest competitions. For events with a mass participation component, Labels also signify superior standards in safety and runner experience. We congratulate the organisers of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon for their well-deserved IAAF Gold Label, and wish them and the participants all the best for the next edition of the race”, remarked IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
It is anticipated that next year, thanks to the IAAF Gold Label, the Lattelecom Riga Marathon will host a record number of international participants from more than 80 countries as well as attract the most ambitious group of elite runners. The event records will most certainly be improved (the event’s record for the men was set by Ethiopian T.A. Ayana, 2:11:00; and for the women - by Kenyan runner G.J. Rono, 2:28:22). Organisers will report on the world and Latvian elite runners taking part in the spring of 2019.
"Twelve years ago, when we began organising the marathon, we didn’t dare to dream of the marathon being included among the world’s most prestigious marathons. I want to emphasise that thousands of marathons take place worldwide; being included in the highest level is not an accident, but rather the result of the long-term, goal-oriented work of our team and partners, as well as the conviction that we are able to play in the top league. An IAAF Gold Label is not merely a recognition of our achievements, but also an enormous responsibility to become a benchmark of excellence for other marathons worldwide,” states Aigars Nords, Race Director of Lattelecom Riga Marathon.