Riga Marathon

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Riga Marathon
Riga marathon logo.png
Date May
Location Latvia Riga, Latvia
Event type road
Distance Marathon, Half marathon, 10k, 5k
Established 1991
Course records Marathon
Japan Y. Chiba 2:13:43 (M; 2014)
Ethiopia T. Teshome 2:36:50 (F; 2014)
Half marathon
Latvia V. Žolnerovičs 1:05:40 (M; 2010)
Latvia J. Prokopčuka 1:10:27 (F; 2012)
Official site nordearigasmaratons.lv

The Riga Marathon is an annual road marathon, held in Riga, Latvia. The main sponsor of the marathon is Nordea. It was established in 1991, but has only been a member of AIMS since 2007. It currently holds IAAF Bronze Label status.

Riga Marathon is one of the fastest growing marathons in Northern Europe. By 2013 the number of participants reached 20 020 people from 65 countries, of whom 1278 competed in the marathon distance. In 2010, however, there were 11 457 participants over five different distances, which already by then was an increase of 25% compared to 2009.

As of 2013, the prize money received by the winner of the marathon is 3000 euros, with the winner of the half marathon distance receiving 1000 euros. Money prizes are received also by the second and third place finishers, with additional 850 euros awarded to the highest placed Latvian runners in each of the distances.

The start and finish line of the marathon is traditionally set next to Riga Castle, and part of the track runs through the cobble-stoned streets of Old Riga as well as across Daugava river over both Vanšu and Southern Bridge.

Winners[edit]

Marathon[edit]

Key:       Course record

Year Men's winner Nationality Time
000(h:m:s)
Women's winner Nationality Time
000(h:m:s)
2014 Yu Chiba  Japan 2:13:43 Tigist Teshome Ayanu  Ethiopia 2:36:50
2013 Duncan Koech  Kenya 2:15:34 Aberash Nesga  Ethiopia 2:40:30
2012 Kurgat Titus Kipkorir  Kenya 2:16:53 Iraida Aleksandrova  Russia 2:37:37
2011 Julius Kuto  Kenya 2:15:48 Desta Girma Tadesse  Ethiopia 2:37:14
2010 Slimani Benazzouz  Morocco 2:17:33 Maryna Damantsevich  Belarus 2:38:16
2009 Oleg Gur  Belarus 2:18:35 Katsiaryna Dziamidava  Belarus 2:47:30
2008 Sammy Kibet Rotich  Kenya 2:16:42 Kaja Vals  Estonia 3:13:54
2007 Johnstone Kipko Changwony  Kenya 2:18:30 Ludmila Rodina  Russia 2:50:07
2006 Yuri Vinogradov  Russia 2:41:57 Laura Zariņa  Latvia 3:04:31
2005 Vjačeslavs Bambāns  Latvia 2:45:58 Kaja Mulla  Estonia 3:11:09
2004 Dmitrijs Sļesarenoks  Latvia 2:27:09 Modesta Drungiliene  Lithuania 2:58:29
2003 Arūnas Balčunas  Lithuania 2:28:07 Aušra Kavalauskiene  Lithuania 3:05:26
2002 Arūnas Balčunas  Lithuania 2:31:25 Anita Liepiņa  Latvia 3:12:16
2001 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:27:25 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:11:45
2000 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:30:59 Aušra Kavalauskiene  Lithuania 3:12:11
1999 Arūnas Balčunas  Lithuania 2:37:10 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:37:21
1998 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:33:41 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:27:49
1997 Normunds Fedotovskis  Latvia 2:33:05 Kaja Mulla  Estonia 3:12:26
1996 Aleksandrs Prokopčuks  Latvia 2:31:46 Inita Drēziņa  Latvia 3:30:42
1995 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:32:44 G. Bernarde  Latvia 3:02:11
1994 Normunds Ivzāns  Latvia 2:43:09 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:19:56
1993 Aleksandrs Prokopčuks  Latvia 2:26:41 Svetlana Şepelev-Tcaci  Moldova 2:55:07
1992 Gusman Abdulin  Kazakhstan 2:21:29 Olga Youdenkova  Belarus 2:47:28
1991 Vladimir Kalenkovich  Belarus 2:28:27 Alla Doudayeva  Belarus 2:43:53

Half marathon[edit]

Key:       Course record

Year Men's winner Nationality Time
000(h:m:s)
Women's winner Nationality Time
000(h:m:s)
2014 Ibrahim Mukunga Wachira  Kenya 1:05:56 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:14:52
2013 Jānis Girgensons  Latvia 1:07:24 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:14:39
2012 Valērijs Žolnerovičs  Latvia 1:06:04 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:10:27
2011 Sergei Lukin  Russia 1:06:28 Lyubov Morgunova  Russia 1:15:01
2010 Valērijs Žolnerovičs  Latvia 1:05:40 Irene Chepkirui  Kenya 1:14:04
2009 Joel Kosgei Komen  Kenya 1:06:49 Daniela Fetcere  Latvia 1:23:05
2008 Pavel Loskutov  Estonia 1:05:52 Helen Decker  United Kingdom 1:20:00
2007 Dainius Saucikovas  Lithuania 1:09:17 Ilona Marhele  Latvia 1:22:21
2006 Viktors Sļesarenoks  Latvia 1:15:20 Anita Liepiņa  Latvia 1:33:43

Victories by country[edit]

Note: Marathon and Half Marathon statistics only

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°56′52″N 24°06′10″E / 56.9478°N 24.1028°E / 56.9478; 24.1028