We're ready for the 30th anniversary
For our 30th anniversary season, the Rimi Riga Marathon has mapped out the most impressive courses in its history, offering runners of all distances the chance to enjoy a start at the Freedom Monument. We ask participants to be active, prepare and exercise while bearing in mind advice given by epidemiologists. After consulting with the State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) and the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC), organisers are currently working to ensure that the event in Riga on May 16th and 17th can take place to its fullest extent.
For its 30th anniversary season, the Rimi Riga Marathon has mapped out the most impressive courses in its history, offering runners of all distances the chance to enjoy a start at the Freedom Monument. This will be an historical moment, bearing in mind that the starting gun of the very first Riga Marathon in 1991 was fired by the Freedom Monument. The marathon course will include Brīvības Street, the city centre, Jaunā Teika and Mežaparks. It will also cross the Vanšu and Akmens bridges, visiting the romantic streets of Dzegužkalns and Āgenskalns over the river, and therefore showing off more of Riga’s diverse views. Of course, the race will also comply with international standards, as the Rimi Riga Marathon will take place under a World Athletics Gold Label for the second year.
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Join our “Movement for Movement”
Thanks to Rimi, the Marathon has begun a new campaign this year called Movement for Movement. If the Marathon has previously seen its mission as getting Latvia moving, it now invites running enthusiasts to get involved and support those who cannot experience the joy of running. In setting up Movement for Movement in collaboration with the Children's Hospital Fund, the Marathon organisers invite all those who have registered for the Marathon to donate 5, 20 or 100 Euro to children with physical disabilities. Donations will be given to the Children’s Hospital Fund after the race.
The Marathon’s green initiatives are being implemented in collaboration with several partners. First, continuing established collaboration with Latvijas Zaļais punkts, all energy points this year will offer city water in recyclable glasses. Second, race bags, made of recycled materials, will only be issued to participants who have applied to leave personal items at the official cloakroom on the day of the Marathon. Third, thanks to support from Rimi, finishing bags have been replaced with a treat zone at the finish with a new image. Additionally, Marathon organisers will digitise the Runners’ Guide, significantly reducing the number of printed booklets. Finally, the Marathon, in collaboration with Neste, will create a new energy point based on sustainable solutions with minimal waste, allowing longer distance runners to see into the future and try a completely new experience.
In preparation for the event on May 16th-17th, bear in mind epidemiologists’ advice
It is anticipated that, as a result of the spread of Corona virus and its impact on global tourism, the May 17th race will be run by the lowest number of overseas runners in recent years. Organisers have observed that overseas participants will limit their travels to the minimum this year, significantly reducing the number of marathon tourists not only in Riga, but throughout Europe.
“We are carefully monitoring the development of events worldwide. We are in consultation with our long-term partners the State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) and the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) on the potential impact of the Coronavirus and the decisions necessary to ensure maximum participant health, wellbeing and safety, and we are working to ensure that the events on May 16th and 17th can take place in full. Our advice to participants is to prepare, be active and exercise, as well as to bear in mind the preventative advice given by epidemiologists,” comments Aigars Nords, Director of the Rimi Riga Marathon.