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As part of the publicity drive for Rīga's hosting later this year of the World Road Running Championships, Olympic champion Sebastian Coe donned his trainers March 9 and ran a mile from the Latvian National Art Museum to the Freedom Monument, despite less-than-ideal running conditions. 

In six months' time, Rīga will claim a page in the history of world athletics, said Coe, declaring that "Riga will be seen by the world as the road running capital of the world."

The road running event will be special because everyone has the opportunity to become a participant, unlike championships which are reserved for elite participation only, he said.

Coe especially highlighted the mile distance, which is short enough to be suitable for participants who might not be in tip-top physical shape.

Despite the slippery conditions on on a snowy Thursday morning, the British athlete said that it is very suitable "flat and fast" course.

In addition to the mile, participants will be able to compete five-kilometer and half-marathon disciplines.

Meanwhile, Riga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis ("Progresīvie/Par!") said that the capital of Latvia is ready to host the largest national sports event in the region, for which participants from more than 100 countries have already applied. A very large number of guests will see Latvia for the first time, and it is important that large-scale events take place in Riga throughout the year, Staķis emphasized. 

On the other hand, the head of the organizing team of the world championship, Aigars Nords, admitted that becoming the capital of world runners means a huge responsibility to organize the event at a proper level.

"We want to put Riga on the world running map forever," said Nords.

More details are available at the official website: https://www.worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-road-running-championships/riga23.

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