Preparing for the World Championship / Day

Together! For the past two years, folk sports have been like a roller coaster – Covids has given it back many years. According to the data of the virtual running, we see that people continue to run very actively in their field, however, I believe that it will take a couple of years for the popular sports to return to the pre-pandemic level. In addition, there is now a war in Ukraine that will affect international tourism. Russian and Belarusian runners are not welcome with us at the moment – they were large groups of runners – and many other foreigners are also postponing their planned participation to the coming years. However, I do not want to be a pessimist, we continue to work. The Riga Marathon returns to its usual time in May, and without restrictions, and this year’s slogan is Together – to run together and in solidarity together, because the competition is dedicated to Ukraine.

United for Ukraine. The six-kilometer distance will be symbolically dressed in Ukrainian colors this year. Participation in it will be free for all Ukrainian runners, and we already feel that a large number of their regiments are expected. Participation in the event will be free of charge for Ukrainian children, regardless of the chosen distance, while all income from the most massive distance of six kilometers will be directed to support Ukraine.

The World Cup is approaching. This will be the first stage of preparation before the debut of the World Championship in Riga next autumn. So far, only the half-marathon world championships have been held, but in the autumn of 2023, the champions in the five-kilometer distance and the mile run will be determined together. Already this year, Riga will have the opportunity to run exactly the half marathon and the mile distance in which medals will be awarded next year. Many metropolises were interested in getting the right to host this event, as it will attract a significant number of marathon tourists, but we managed to win. We have set ourselves three cycles of events – this Rimi The culmination of the Riga Marathon, next year’s Rimi Riga Marathon and the World Championships to bring the name of Riga to international circulation.

Latvia in the world. Among the planned participants, the best personal records in the marathon distance are Eliudas Kiptanui from Kenya (2.05: 21) and Mekurla Aberu Zenebe from Ethiopia (2.24: 30). The leading Latvian and Baltic runners will also be present – in the marathon distance local favorite Dmitrijs Serjogins and Estonian Olympian Romāns Fosti, in the half marathon Jānis Višķers and Ilona Marhele. Rimi The first start of the Riga Marathon for the Latvian national team is expected, in which the ten leading and most talented runners from Latvia are united with the aim to prepare for next year’s world championship. Latvian champions in the marathon will also be determined in Riga and the winners will be awarded to Jelena Prokopchuk.

Busulis will meet you at the finish. Musicians Ansis, Aija Andrejeva and Intars Busulis will welcome the runners to the finish line with their brightest and most popular songs throughout the day, and the special guests will be the Estonian and Ukrainian folk rock band Svjata Vatra (Holy Fire – Ukrainian.).

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