Running restarted in Riga – more than 10,000 runners for Rimi Riga Marathon
The Rimi Riga Marathon, the most significant public sporting event in the Baltics, has taken place successfully with victories by Latvian runners. The event gave both the very youngest fans of running and their families as well as longer distance 42 km, 21 km, 10 km and 5.5 km runners the chance to run properly through the streets of the capital city.
A total of 10,082 participants—both Green Start (joint start), Yellow Start (spread out, distanced and with individual start times) and Virtual (worldwide) runners—took part over both days of the marathon. The shorter Kids’ Day races (the Happy Babies course, 200 m and 400 m) were run by a limited number of young runners (1,500), while the 4.2 km Family Run was run by 997 participants who ran socially distanced with individual start times.
On Sunday, the 42 km full marathon had 1,161 registered runners, the 21 km race had 2,188 participants, while the 10 km and 5.5 km races had 2,320 and 1,916 participants respectively.
First place in the men’s marathon was taken by Kristaps Bērziņš, who ran in 2:38:36, while the women’s race was won by Amanda Krūmiņa, with a result of 3:07:17. Both were therefore crowned the 2021 Latvian Marathon Champions.
In the men’s race, 2nd place was won by Lithuania’s Ignotas Marius, with local runner Uldis Kļaviņš coming 3rd. In the women’s race, second and third places were taken by Lithuanians Agne Mataityte and Greta Urbutyte.
In the half marathon, the men’s winner was Jevgēņijs Turkins with a result of 1:10:46, 2nd place was won by Anatolijs Macuks, while an honorable third was won by a German living in Latvia, John Volkenandt. The women’s race was won by Estonian Kadiliis Kuiv, who finished in 1:20:15, while second place was won by Ilona Marhele, and third was awarded to Kitija Valtere.
Latvian Marathon Championship Top 3
Men: 1st place Kristaps Bērziņš (2:38:36), 2nd place Uldis Kļaviņš (2:41:35), 3rd place Sergejs Maslobojevs (2:46:52)
Women: 1st place Amanda Krūmiņa (3:07:17), 2nd place Dace Banga-Hodzajeva (3:27:09), 3rd place Madara Gelsberga-Sokolova (3:28:09)
10 km and 5.5 km Top 3
Men’s 10 km: 1st place Uģis Jocis (0:30:22), 2nd place Roberts Glazers, 3rd place Pēteris Liniņš.
Women’s 10 km: 1st place Maria Caballero, Paraguay (0:38:10) , 2nd place Karīna Helmane-Soročenkova, 3rd place Ilze Drozdova.
Men’s 5.5 km: 1st place Aigars Feteris (0:17:40), 2nd place Kristaps Krišjānis Kapustāns, 3rd place Jānis Kapustāns.
Women’s 5.5 km: 1st place Anete Upeniece (0:23:45), 2nd place Marta Špundzāne, 3rd place Margarita Bondarenko.
The most popular countries represented in this year’s Rimi Riga Marathon, either in person or virtually, were Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, the UK, and Finland, as well as Ukraine, Belarus, Canada and Russia.
The 2021 Rimi Riga Marathon was an official pilot project testing out Green, Yellow and Virtual starts in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Health and the Latvian Athletic Association. The marathon marks a new era of organizing large public sporting events, as significant European marathons, such as in Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, London and the other Baltic capitals, are being planned for this autumn with similar epidemiological safety principles.
Organizers are proud that the Rimi Riga Marathon has restarted running in the Latvian capital, and will soon announce dates for the 2022 marathon.