The inaugural Riga Marathon began on July 27, 1991, near the Freedom Monument, immediately after the dramatic days of the barricades. In its more than thirty years of existence, the event has seen both the chaos of the 1990s, the the decline in the interest of sponsors and participants at the beginning of the 2000s, and the revival in 2007, the fastest growth in Northern Europe, culminating in the World Athletics Gold Label, the times of global pandemics created constraints and virtual running.


The road to success was long and filled with obstacles and peculiarities, as one would expect from a genuine marathon.