Riga Marathon May 19-20, 2018

The Lattelecom Riga Marathon 2018

The annual Lattelecom Riga marathon will take place on the 19th to 20th of May 2018.  Please find all you should know about the event in this section!

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 25 years it has grown to welcome 26 000 runners from 69 countries offering running festivities all weekend long. Since 2007 the course of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon is officially measured according to AIMS standards and for five consecutive years Lattelecom Riga Marathon has received the prestigious IAAF Bronze Label thus confirming the high quality and excellent organizational level of the race.

The scenic course

The 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. Courses of the marathon, half-marathon and 10K cross the river with the help of the Vanšu Bridge thus allowing the participants to enjoy some of the most beautiful spots in Riga – the Art Nouveau district, the amazing panorama of Pārdaugava and Old Riga, as well as the paved streets of the Medieval Hanseatic Old Town and wooden architecture of Ķīpsala island. All courses are traffic-free. Riga is rather flat without significant hills and ascents therefore the only major challenge is crossing the Vanšu Bridge.

 

The 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 thus allowing enjoying day light for 10 hours.

The course of Lattelecom Riga Marathon is officially measured by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). The course lets all visitors run on both sides of the river Daugava, the largest river in Latvia. Course of the marathon and half-marathon cross the river with the help of the Vanšu bridge thus allowing the participants to enjoy some of the most beautiful spots in Riga – Art Nouveau district, the amazing panorama of Pārdaugava and Old Riga, as well as the paved streets of Old Town.

The start and finish area for all the distances is located in the very center on 11.novembra krastmala (between Vanšu bridge and Akmens bridge), which is located right next to the Old Town. Starting time for the marathon and half-marathon distances is on 8:30. 10K will start at 12:30, 6K - 14:00. There will be at least one refreshment station on each 5 km interval of the distance with water, isotonic drink and snacks. For the marathon distance the course surfacing consists of 98% of asphalt and 2% of pavement. There are no significant hills on the course; the highest elevation is getting on Vanšu bridge. See the details in the map on the placement of the refreshment stations.

Traffic on the course during the competition will be closed and strictly regulated. Traffic regulation will be provided by national and Riga City authorities. The course for the marathon distance closes 6 hours after the official start, for half-marathon – 3 hours, for 10K - 2 hours and for 6K – 1 h 30 min.

The registration for Lattelecom Riga Marathon will be open until May 12, 2018. Last minute registration will be possible only at the Lattelecom Riga Marathon EXPO on May 13-14, 2018, but for a double price.

THE MARATHON WEEKEND

Lattelecom Riga Marathon will take place on May 19-20 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) and will offer a range of activities for every runner! Here’s the program for this year:

   May 19-20
   Lattelecom Riga Marathon EXPO

   May 19
   Symbolic training session in Mežaparks with elite athletes
   Rimi Kids Day
   Parade of Nations
   Family Run

   May 20
   Marathon
   Half-marathon
   10km
   6km

The start

Lattelecom Riga Marathon 42K & 21K distances will take place on May 20, 2018 (Sunday). For those preferring shorter distances there are 10K and 6K run on the same day. The start and finish for all races are located in the very centre of Riga City on 11.novembra krastmala (next to President's Palace). Start for the marathon and half-marathon distances are given on the same time.

  • Marathon and half-marathon: 8.30
  • 10K: 12:30*
  • 6K: 14:00*

*Starting time for 10K and 6K distances are subject to change. 

Maximum running time

The maximum running time for marathon is 6 hours.
The maximum running time for half-marathon is 3 hours.

Minimum age

Minimum age limit is set for marathon and it is 18 years. There are no minimum age requirements for other distances, including half-marathon, 10K and 6K.

Post-race service

All finishers will receive an exclusive memorial medal with the official design of 2018. After the race all runners are offered fruit, snacks and soft drinks. There will be small surprises from organizers to make the event pleasant – like, a rose for each female marathon finisher and many more. Post-race services will be explained in detail prior the race and published online, as well as made available with the number pick-up.

Number pick-up

Number pick-up will take place from May 18-19, 2018 at the Lattelecom Riga Marathon EXPO. Working hours: 10.00 - 20.00. The numbers and the timing chips will not be sent by post. In the case if international participants are arriving just on Marathon day for 42K and 21K runners there will be exceptional number pick-up before the start. For 10K and 6K runners the number pick-up on the race day will be available only with prior requests. Lattelecom Riga Marathon EXPO will take place in "Elektrum Sports Centre" (address: 6b Grostonas street, Riga).

Entry fees

Entry fee depends on time of entering for race.

  • Marathon entry fee starts from € 27,00 (from 15.09.2017.) up to € 59,00 (by 12.05.2018).
  • Half-marathon entry fee starts from € 20,00 (from 15.09.2017.) up to € 45,00 (by 12.05.2018).
  • 10K entry fee starts from € 13,00 (from 15.09.2017.) up to € 26,00 (by 12.05.2018.) 
  • 6K entry fee starts form € 9,00 (from 15.09.2017.) up to € 19,00 (by 12.05.2018.)

If you wish to change the distance from a longer to a shorter one, this is possible free of charge until 15 April, 2018. During the period from 16 April to 13 May, 2018 a distance change will be available for an additional € 9.50. During the EXPO or race day a distance change will not be possible. If you wish to change the distance from a shorter to a longer on (for example from the 10K to half-marathon or marathon) such a change is possible only for an additional fee € 20.00 until 30 April 2018.

Entry

Online registration service is available 24/7. You can pay by credit card (Visa, Visa Electron, Maestro, EuroCard/ MasterCard or American Express).

Deadline for entries: 14 May, 2018.
Last minute registration will be available during number pick-up at the Lattelecom Riga Marathon EXPO on May 13-14, 2018.

E-confirmation

E-confirmation letter will be sent by e-mail immediately after registration. Keep the confirmation letter to exchange it for number bib and additional merchandises. Race information will be send electronically by e-mail to all runners and published on the official website by May 2018.

Check your entry

You can check in the entry list that your entry has been accepted. Your name will be posted in this list immediately after filling in the form and transferring full payment.

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