Riga Marathon

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Riga Marathon
DateMay
LocationLatvia Riga, Latvia
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, Half marathon, 10k, 6k
Primary sponsorRimi Baltic
Established1991 (30 years ago) (1991)
Course recordsMarathon:
Men's: 2:08:51 (2019)
Ethiopia Andualem Shiferaw
Women's: 2:26:18 (2019)
Ethiopia Birke Debele
Half Marathon:
Men's: 1:05:04 (2017)
Kenya Robert Magut
Women's: 1:10:27 (2012)
Latvia Jeļena Prokopčuka
Official siteRiga Marathon
Participants1 887 marathon finishers (2019)[1]
38 398 (all races) (2019)[2]
Runners in Freedom Square, 2017

The Riga Marathon (also known as the Rimi Riga Marathon) is an annual road marathon held in Riga, Latvia, since 1991. It is a member of AIMS and is categorized as a Gold Label Road Race by World Athletics. The marathon starts and finishes near Riga Castle, and runs through Old Riga as well as across the Daugava River. As of 2019, the marathon winner may receive up to 15,000 EUR in prize money, plus a bonus if the distance record is also broken.

Rimi Riga Marathon is one of the fastest growing marathons in Northern Europe. In 2019, there were 25 659 participants over five different distances from 82 countries.[2]

History[edit]

The marathon was first held in 1991.

In 2007, it became a member of AIMS.

The main sponsor of the marathon from 2007 to 2014 was Nordea.

By 2013 the number of participants reached 20 020 people from 65 countries, of whom 1278 competed in the marathon distance.

For several years Riga Marathon held IAAF Bronze Label status, but was awarded Gold Label in late 2018.

In 2020, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers cancelled the in-person edition of the race on the day before the marathon weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.[3][4][5][a]

Similarly, the 2021 edition of the race was postponed from the weekend of 16 May to the weekend of 29 August due to the pandemic.[8][9]

Course[edit]

External image
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2018[10]
Runners on Vanšu Bridge in 2013

The start and finish line of the marathon is set on the 11 November Embankment [lv] next to Riga Castle.[11]

The marathon course crosses over the Daugava river via the Vanšu, Stone, and Island Bridges, and also includes a section that runs through the cobblestoned streets of Old Riga.[10]

Prizes[edit]

As of 2019, the prize money received by the winner of the marathon can reach 15 000 euros, depending on the distance result, with an additional bonus reserved in case the distance record is broken. Money prizes are received by best eight finishers, with additional 2000 euros awarded to the highest placed Latvian runners in each of the distances.

Winners[edit]

Key:    Course record (in bold)

Marathon[edit]

Ed. Year Men's winner Nationality Time[b] Women's winner Nationality Time[b] Rf.
1 1991 Vladimir Kalenkovich  Soviet Union 2:28:27 Alla Doudayeva  Soviet Union 2:43:53
2 1992 Gusman Abdulin  Kazakhstan 2:21:29 Olga Youdenkova  Belarus 2:47:28
3 1993 Aleksandrs Prokopčuks  Latvia 2:26:41 Svetlana Șepelev-Tcaci  Moldova 2:55:07
4 1994 Normunds Ivzāns  Latvia 2:43:09 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:19:56
5 1995 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:32:44 Galina Bernat  Estonia 3:02:11
6 1996 Aleksandrs Prokopčuks  Latvia 2:31:46 Inita Drēziņa  Latvia 3:30:42
7 1997 Normunds Fedotovskis  Latvia 2:33:05 Kaja Mulla  Estonia 3:12:26
8 1998 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:33:41 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:27:49
9 1999 Arūnas Balčunas  Lithuania 2:37:10 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:37:21
10 2000 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:30:59 Aušra Kavalauskiene  Lithuania 3:12:11
11 2001 Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 2:27:25 Laila Ceika  Latvia 3:11:45
12 2002 Arūnas Balčunas  Lithuania 2:31:25 Anita Liepiņa  Latvia 3:12:16
13 2003 Arūnas Balčunas  Lithuania 2:28:07 Aušra Kavalauskiene  Lithuania 3:05:26
14 2004 Dmitrijs Sļesarenoks  Latvia 2:27:09 Modesta Drungiliene  Lithuania 2:58:29
15 2005 Vjačeslavs Bambāns  Latvia 2:45:58 Kaja Mulla  Estonia 3:11:09
16 2006 Yuri Vinogradov  Russia 2:41:57 Laura Zariņa  Latvia 3:04:31
17 2007 Johnstone Changwony  Kenya 2:18:30 Ludmila Rodina  Russia 2:50:07
18 2008 Sammy Rotich  Kenya 2:16:42 Kaja Vals  Estonia 3:13:54
19 2009 Oleg Gur  Belarus 2:18:35 Katsiaryna Dziamidava  Belarus 2:47:30
20 2010 Slimani Benazzouz  Morocco 2:17:33 Maryna Damantsevich  Belarus 2:38:16
21 2011 Julius Kuto  Kenya 2:15:48 Desta Tadesse  Ethiopia 2:37:14
22 2012 Titus Kurgat  Kenya 2:16:53 Iraida Aleksandrova  Russia 2:37:37
23 2013 Duncan Koech  Kenya 2:15:34 Aberash Nesga  Ethiopia 2:40:30
24 2014 Yu Chiba  Japan 2:13:44 Tigist Teshome  Ethiopia 2:36:51
25 2015 Haile Tolossa  Ethiopia 2:12:28 Meseret Eshetu  Ethiopia 2:37:03
26 2016 Dominic Kangor  Kenya 2:11:45 Shitaye Gemechu  Ethiopia 2:38:40
27 2017 Joseph Munywoki  Kenya 2:12:14 Bekelech Bedada  Ethiopia 2:31:22
28 2018 Tsedat Ayana  Ethiopia 2:11:00 Georgina Rono  Kenya 2:28:22
29 2019 Andualem Shiferaw  Ethiopia 2:08:51 Birke Debele  Ethiopia 2:26:18
30 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [3]

Half marathon[edit]

Water station in 2013
Year Men's winner Nationality Time[b] Women's winner Nationality Time[b] Rf.
2006 Viktors Sļesarenoks  Latvia 1:15:20 Anita Liepiņa  Latvia 1:33:43
2007 Dainius Saucikovas  Lithuania 1:09:17 Ilona Marhele  Latvia 1:22:21
2008 Pavel Loskutov  Estonia 1:05:52 Helen Decker  United Kingdom 1:20:00
2009 Joel Komen  Kenya 1:06:49 Daniela Fetcere  Latvia 1:23:05
2010 Valērijs Žolnerovičs  Latvia 1:05:40 Irene Chepkirui  Kenya 1:14:04
2011 Sergei Lukin  Russia 1:06:28 Lyubov Morgunova  Russia 1:15:01
2012 Valērijs Žolnerovičs  Latvia 1:06:04 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:10:27
2013 Jānis Girgensons  Latvia 1:07:24 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:14:39
2014 Ibrahim Mukunga  Kenya 1:05:56 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:14:52
2015 Jānis Girgensons  Latvia 1:06:20 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:13:24
2016 Ibrahim Mukunga  Kenya 1:05:26 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 1:16:06
2017 Robert Kimaru Magut  Kenya 1:05:04 Inga Zālīte  Latvia 1:23:45
2018 Aleksandr Matviychuk  Ukraine 1:05:14 Milda Vilčinskaite  Lithuania 1:14:38
2019 Jānis Višķers  Latvia 1:05:59 Beatie Deutsch  Israel 1:17:34
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [3]

By country[edit]

Note: Marathon and Half Marathon statistics only
Country Total Marathon
(men's)
Marathon
(women's)
Half Marathon
(men's)
Half Marathon
(women's)
 Latvia 32 10 7 6 9
 Kenya 14 7 1 4 1
 Ethiopia 10 3 7 0 0
 Lithuania 8 3 3 1 1
 Belarus 6 2 4 0 0
 Russia 5 1 2 1 1
 Estonia 4 0 4 1 0
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 0
 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 0
 Japan 1 1 0 0 0
 Moldova 1 0 1 0 0
 Ukraine 1 0 0 1 0
 United Kingdom 1 0 0 0 1
 Israel 1 0 0 0 1

Multiple wins[edit]

Note: Marathon and Half Marathon statistics only
Athlete Country Wins Years Distance
Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 5 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Half Marathon
Laila Ceika  Latvia 4 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001 Marathon
Ziedonis Zaļkalns  Latvia 4 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001 Marathon
Arūnas Balčunas  Lithuania 3 1999, 2000, 2003 Marathon
Aleksandrs Prokopčuks  Latvia 2 1993, 1996 Marathon
Aušra Kavalauskiene  Lithuania 2 2000, 2003 Marathon
Valērijs Žolnerovičs  Latvia 2 2010, 2012 Half Marathon
Jānis Girgensons  Latvia 2 2013, 2015 Half Marathon

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It had initially been postponed to 2020.10.11 before being cancelled, with registrants also having the option of transferring their entry to another runner or to 2021.[6][7]
  2. ^ a b c d h:m:s

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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