18.-19.05.2019

IAAF

Lattelecom Riga Marathon

18.-19.05.2019

IAAF

WELCOME TO THE ONLY IAAF GOLD LABEL MARATHON IN NORTHERN EUROPE!

If you have never been to Riga then running a marathon or half-marathon could be a good reason to visit one of the most beautiful cities on the Baltic Sea coast. Marathon running has a long history in Riga City and after 28 years it has grown to welcome 37 500 runners from 78 countries offering five races - marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, 6 km, and 4.2 km Family Run together with many running festivities throughout the weekend. Lattelecom Riga Marathon has been awarded to prestigious IAAF Gold Label thus confirming the high quality and excellent organizational level of the race.

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Programme

Lattelecom Riga Marathon 2019 will take place on May 18-19, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) with five races and various events taking place throughout the weekend. Here’s the weekend programme for 2019:

Date

Event

May 17, Friday
  • Lattelecom Riga Marathon EXPO
May 18, Saturday
  • Lattelecom Riga Marathon EXPO
  • Breakfast Run with elites
  • Family Run (4.2 km)
  • Rimi Kids' Day
May 19, Sunday


Weather

The weather in Latvia is governed by a moderate oceanic climate. In May average air temperature is between +13C …+ 17C degrees. The probability of rainfalls in May is low. On average there are 21-25 sunny days in May and around 10 hours of daylight each day.

Have a quick look at the race from last year and feel the wonderful spring atmosphere.

The course

LRM-42km.pngThe course lies in the very centre of Riga City and all runners can enjoy the charm of the largest city in the Baltic States. The course allows all visitors to run on both sides of the Daugava River, the largest river in Latvia and with the help of three bridges - Vanšu, Akmens and Salu. Runners can enjoy some of the most beautiful spots in Riga – the Art Nouveau district, the amazing panorama of Old Riga and Pārdaugava, as well as the paved streets of the Medieval Hanseatic Old Town and wooden architecture of Ķīpsala island. Riga is rather flat without significant hills or ascents; therefore the only major challenge is crossing the bridges. 

The marathon course has been measured and certified by AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. All courses are traffic-free. 

For other course maps and more detailed information about each race please visit the section The Races.

Start and finish

The start and finish area for all races will be located in 11. novembra krastmala between Daugava River and Old Riga.

A detailed start and finish area map will be provided in the official Runners' Handbook, which will be handed out at the EXPO together with the bib number.

Distance Start time
42 km & 21 km 8:30 AM
10 km 12:30 PM
6 km 1st wave 14:00 PM
6 km 2nd wave 14:15 PM


Post-race service

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal together with a finisher's goody bag with fruits, snacks and soft drinks. Marathon finishers will be invited to relax at the 42 km Finishers' Lounge with additional complimentary refreshments and snacks. Post-race massage will be available to 42 km and 21 km finishers. Bag check and showers will be located nearby. There will be many surprises from organizers and marathon partners to make the experience as pleasant and joyful as possible – like, a rose for each female marathon finisher.

FINISHER'S MEDAL AND ART COLLECTION T-SHIRT

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Finisher's Medal

Finishers of all Lattelecom Riga Marathon races will receive a commemorative medal. Each year in spring we present the new design for the upcoming race. In 2018, the Centenary Marathon, the design included motifs from the pre-war coin of five Lats (Latvia's pre-war currency) and one of the most powerful Latvian independence symbols - The Latvian girl affectionately known as Milda.

Art collection t-shirt

Each year Lattlecom Riga Marathon collaborates with popular Latvian artists who create original artwork for the official marathon t-shirt. In 2018 the shirt featured another powerful symbol - the legendary hero Lāčplēsis, which was done by one of the world’s most well-known artists of Latvian origin - Gustavs Klucis (1895-1938). Klucis’ original work was symbolically bought at auction in Riga on the 18th November 2017, the Independence Day of Latvia. The official t-shirts are available to participants as an additional order.

FACTS

Number of participants

We take great pride in the fact that Lattelecom Riga Marathon is the most international Baltic marathon - a record number of 4243 international runners from 78 countries registered for the race in 2018! Saturday’s Rimi Kids’ Day gathered 12 000 kids, while Sunday’s distances combined 25 645 runners (marathon - 2074, half-marathon - 5395, 10 km - 6975 and 6 km - 11201).

Top 10 countries in 2018

  1. Latvia
  2. Russia
  3. Germany
  4. Estonia
  5. Lithuania
  6. Great Britain
  7. Finland
  8. Belarus
  9. Spain
  10. Israel
  11. Poland


Top 5 performances at Lattelecom Riga Marathon 42 km & 21 km

  Men Time Year Women Time Year
1 Tsedat Abeje Ayana, ETH 2:11:00 2018 Georgina Jepkirui Rono, KEN 2:28:22 2018
2 Silas Kiprono Too, KEN 2:11:13 2018 Bekelech Dada Bedada, ETH 2:31:22 2017
3 Dominic Kimwetich Kangor, KEN 2:11:45 2016  Kikuyo Tsuzaki, JAP 2:31:33 2017
4 Joseph Kyengo Munywoki, KEN 2:12:14 2017 Tigist Teshome Ayanu, ETH 2:32:46 2018
5 Kaleab Selomon Ghilagabr, ERI 2:12:21 2016 Meseret Gebre Dekebo, ETH 2:33:28 2017


Latvian national records for 42 km & 21 km

  Men Time Year Women Time Year
42km Valērijs Žolnerovičs 2:14:23 2017 Jeļena Prokopčuka 2:22:56 2005
21km Valērijs Žolnerovičs 1:04:43 2011 Jeļena Prokopčuka 1:08:43 2001

TRAVEL

Riga is easily accessible by plane from all major European airports serviced by AirBaltic, Ryanair, Norwegian, WizzAir and many others.

STAY

Our longtime official hotel partner Radisson Blu takes excellent care of runners during the race weekend. Choose from a host of stunning Radisson hotels in top locations in the Old Town and the commercial centre. Stay within easy reach of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon’s start and key attractions including the impressive Dome Cathedral, Riga Opera House and the 17th-century Blackheads House.

Visit www.radissonblu.com to book your accommodation.

EXPLORE

First time in Riga? See the most important sights, hear about the city's 800 year-old history, feel its charm - on a guided tour! Visit LIVE RIGA, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau Foundation's webpage for all the best Riga offers.

 

RUN WITH US IN 2019!

Registration is open and will be available until May 18, 2019.


If you need any further information about Lattelecom Riga Marathon please contact us by e-mail at marathon@necom.lv.

Main partner

  • Lattelecom

Partner

  • Rimi

Sponsors

  • Adidas
  • WESS
  • Sportland

Organizers

  • NECom
  • Rīgas Dome