Rimi Riga Marathon to include people with disabilities

The organizers of the Rimi Riga Marathon are introducing a special program to encourage the participation of people with functional impairments and their assistants, the marathon representatives said on March 27.

The Inclusive Marathon program will be open to 400 participants - 200 people with physical and other disabilities and 200 assistants. Participants can enter any distance that suits their abilities on May 18 or 19.

The organizers invite all interested organizations to apply by filling in the application form on the marathon website. Applications will close on April 30 or after the 400 entry limit has been reached. You can apply through organizations that support people with disabilities.

Aigars Apinis, the most decorated Latvian Paralympian and Vice President of the Latvian Paralympic Committee, is convinced that the marathon day will go down in history, bringing together so many participants who are ready to believe in their own abilities and let go of the joy of movement.

"We can treat with medicines and injections, but this treatment, offered by the organisers of the Inclusive Marathon initiative, will give people without any injections or medicines a positive energy boost for many days," said Apinis. "Healthy living is the key to the movement and it always shows that there are people in society who want to be active. Just give us the opportunity to participate and play sport, because good things create good."

For several years, the organizers have been making sure that athletes with functional disabilities take part in the Rimi Riga Marathon. Through the special program and to ensure the safety of all participants, participants with reduced mobility and their assistants will be able to start in a special safe starting corridor close to the start line.

Entry for people with functional disabilities and their assistants will be for a symbolic fee of two euros.

Registration for all Rimi Riga Marathon distances and the Olympic Children's Day is available on the official event website. If you want your name on the number tag, you have until March 31 to register.

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