14.-15.05.2022

Rimi Riga Marathon

14.-15.05.2022

Running shirt collection goes on sale for charity 

The first official running shirt came out in 2008, when the visuals of artist Gints Apsītis’ advertising campaign continued onto the official running shirts. Since then, the design of the marathon’s official running shirt each year has been entrusted to a well-known Latvian artist. 

Over the past 14 years, we have amassed a considerable collection of official running shirt art, which can be viewed and purchased up until November 18th on the marathon online store. Half of the price of each shirt will be donated to our charity initiative, Movement For Movement, which collaborates with the Children’s Hospital Foundation to donate to children with physical disabilities. 

2008, Illustrator and Graphic Designer Gints Apsītis

This playful design was created while playing with the idea that running is an integral part of our lives, and each of us is running somewhere: for the tram, to get out of the rain, over the road. Why not run just for the sake of running?

2009, Fashion Artist Elita Platmalniece

The monochrome ink drawing unites all the beautiful landmarks of Riga city centre that the runners could see with their own eyes in 2009: Elizabetes Street, the panorama of Riga Old Town with its church towers, the parks in the city centre, and other locations. 

2010, Painter Andris Vītoliņš

The idea came about as a synthesis of sport and art. The design shows locations and structures unique to Riga: Aspazijas Boulevard and the Latvian National Opera, the pavilions of the Central Market, the Zaķusala TV tower and other places. The aim was to show some slightly different places in Riga that are certainly worth noticing, but are often missed by visitors and residents alike. 

2011, Painter Ritums Ivanovs

The shirt design was made up of thousands of brush strokes, just like how thousands of runners come together at the start line. In a way, the artist dedicated each stroke to a different participant, allowing each runner to choose their own. Only together do we see that the strokes form a panorama of Riga. For the first time, the design was also used for the finishing medals. 

2012, Artist Anna Heinrihsone

“The Nordea Riga Marathon has become confirmation of ideas which carry a positive charge and are always gratifying. The global nature of this event made me think about what I put my trust in, what makes me happy when I think about the city I live in. Yes, I am excited by the global scale, but I see a city as a culmination of personal moments: streets that I walk down every day, landmarks that have remained unchanged for years, quick sketches in my sketchbook. A glance records moments of the daily rush.” 

2013, Conceptual Artist Krišs Salmanis

 “The classic panorama of Riga seemed so cliche that I often act like a tourist in my own city. It’s like a postcard, it is almost bad taste to look at it. But many cities don’t even have panoramas like this, due to their size, architecture or topography. And ours always looks different. It is as though the towers secretly move. Maybe, when no one is looking, they turn a corner and don’t quite return to the same location.”

2014, Artist Ilmārs Blumbergs

A pleasant, optimistic snail. The artists asks runners and passers by with irony to relax and smile; after all, “why are you trudging along like a snail?” is something that runners and onlookers ask of both themselves and others. And if we look at the smile of the snail drawn by Ilmārs Blumbergs, we can see how completely happy he is. The dozens of minutes added on to his time don’t diminish his joy of the process at all, and all of us as runners could have done with a couple of extra legs at some point or another. 

2015, Painter Ella Kruglyanskaya

The aim of the design is to remind us that running isn’t all about the result. What matters is the taking part, as well as, of course, the pride and joy we gain from it. That’s why this shirt displays nice, happy runners. 

2016, Artist Ieva Iltnere

Ieva Iltnere, an artist well-known in Latvia, brought joy to both runners and onlookers with her unique, recognisable style. Iltnere’s drawing is characteristic of the artist and symbolises how varied the runners are and the wide range of international representation. 

2017, Playwright and Artist Raimonds Staprāns

The drawing on the 2017 running shirt is the artist’s interpretation of one of his brightest memories of Latvia’s first period of independence. A pendant discovered by archaeologists and named after the place where it was dug up, the Kursa Cross stayed in Staprāns’ memory both for its form and design. In the 1960s, Staprāns modernised and simplified the Kursa Cross design and made his own necklace. The shirt design displays an even more simplified, modernised image of the pendant.

2018, Artist Gustavs Klucis

The Latvian Centenary shirt features a drawing by Latvia’s most famous artist called Daugavas sargs (The Guard of the River Daugava) which shows Latvian national hero Lāčplēsis. Bearing in mind that the 2018 marathon and half marathon courses crossed the Daugava on all three main Riga bridges for the first time, Klucis’ Lāčplēsis was really able to symbolically guard the river. The work by Klucis was purchased specially for the marathon shirt in an auction in Riga on November 18th, 2017. 

2019, Artist Maija Kurševa

This year had two drawings to offer runners. “In one drawing, a marathon runner has taken over the city and dominates it. The drawing is also a nod to artist Māris Bišofs, whose influence comes through here. Meanwhile, the second drawing is a song to Riga’s little wooden buildings and the human proportions of Riga’s buildings. When I walk around, my head is often turned upwards at the details of the hundred-year-old buildings. But here and there you can still see one-storey wooden buildings. Often, hidden as they are in the courtyards of larger streetside buildings, they live a parallel life, like a village within a village,” explains the artist. 

2020, the Founders of Latvian Fashion Brand MAREUNROL’S

"The message we wanted to convey with this shirt was the runner’s battle with the wind while maintaining a solid mind. Running 20 km or more is unimaginable for me. At the same time, it is important to know your body and not overestimate your abilities, as our wishes are often bigger than our physical ability. Of course, this all has to be taken with a sense of humour,” explains designer Rolands Pēterkops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Partner

  • Rimi

Sponsors

  • Sportland
  • Nike
  • Neste
  • WESS
  • tet

Event center

  • Alfa

Supported by

  • LIAA

Organisers

  • NECom
  • Rīgas Dome