Registration Opens for 31st Rimi Riga Marathon, to Take Place This Year Without Mass Start
As March comes to a close, exactly five months before the event, registration is opening for the 31st Rimi Riga Marathon, which will take place at the end of the summer this year on August 28th and 29th. As usual, the Kids’ Day and Family Run will be hosted on the 28th, while those running the marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 5.5 km races will set off on new courses from the Freedom Monument. We anticipate that restrictions on gathering will still be in force, so the 31st Rimi Riga Marathon is being planned carefully with no mass start and a limited number of participants in order to adhere to all epidemiological safety requirements.
“We do not expect dramatic changes to the Covid situation in Latvia within the next five months. Even if restrictions are eased and outdoor races are permitted, masks, distancing and hand washing will remain. We are mindful of this, but still want to give runners the chance to run their race in person and enjoy Riga and the new race routes starting at the Freedom Monument and finishing at the 11 November Embankment. No mass start, no crowds, but in person. The public is emotionally tired from the pandemic, so we, the events industry, must learn to create new-format events that can take place safely in person,” explains Rimi Riga Marathon Director Aigars Nords with conviction.
No mass start
This year, the Rimi Riga Marathon plans on new start times throughout the day, which will avoid crowding. The start for each distance will take place over several hours, with between two and four runners starting every five seconds. The start zone will be limited to runners only, and two metre distancing will apply in the start corridor. When picking up their race number, participants will be given a specific time to arrive and run the race. It is therefore possible to calculate the precise number of people who can safely participate in the Rimi Riga Marathon, which means that the number of participants for each distance will be limited. At the same time, bearing in mind the unpredictability of COVID-19, the marathon may take place virtually on the same dates, and the event will certainly adapt to existing restrictions on public events.
Registration for the Rimi Riga Marathon
As of today, runners can register for the Rimi Riga Marathon 42.195 km, half marathon, 10 km and 5.5 km distances as well as the Family Run through the official marathon website here. Registration will be open until August 15th or until the participant limit has been reached for that particular distance. Participants will receive their race numbers and start time on August 1st. Participants who postponed their 2020 entry to 2021 will receive a free re-registration code by email. For remaining participants, registration is available at a lower price before June 1st. Registration for the Kids’ Day races for children up to the age of 12 will open on June 1st. Meanwhile, details about the Latvian Schools Cup and options for registering for certain races at a lower price will be published in April.
Preparing for the marathon
We invite participants to prepare for the marathon by actively using the Virtual Running Club training programme and challenges for everyday motivation. Runners can also test their form in our virtual races. The next race—Run for the Future by Neste—will take place from the 5th to 11th of April, and is an international match offering participants the chance to run with Europe’s best athletes and protect the environment.
Meanwhile, on the usual May weekend of the event—15th to 16th—the Rimi Riga Marathon is planning a new hybrid event which will be announced soon.
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