Riga Marathon re-scheduled to October and could take place virtually if Covid-19 restrictions still in place

  • 2020-05-12
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Rimi Riga Marathon has been re-scheduled to October 10-11, the organizers of the event have announced.

The 30th Riga Marathon was scheduled to be held May 16 and 17, but was postponed indefinitely at the end of March due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The marathon's Family Run and Children's Day has been re-scheduled for October 10, while the marathon's various distances will take place on October 11.

Depending on the restrictions set in the country, the participants will run, adapting to the new reality, or virtually if Covid-19 restrictions remain in place, the organizers of the event indicate.

"It is not possible to predict the development of the pandemic and the restrictions that will be in place in the autumn, however, we have decided to run this year on October 10-11," comments Aigars Nords, the director of the Riga Marathon. "If the restrictions are completely lifted, the Riga Marathon will take place with a scope appropriate to an anniversary edition. If the restrictions remain in force, we will adapt by introducing creative innovations that will allow the anniversary marathon to run smoothly, following the instructions of epidemiologists. For the first time in the history of the event, the marathon could also take place virtually, offering participants the opportunity to run the distance individually, recording the distance and time in a specially created application," he points out.

The Riga Marathon has been held annually since 1991.