Thousands enjoy Riga marathon

The sun was out May 14 for thousands of runners to enjoy Riga's annual marathon, and a selection of shorter distances for those not competing in the full 42 km event.

A record number of foreign participants - 3745 runners from 70 countries – registered for the 27th Lattelecom Riga Marathon events including runners from Russia (533), Lithuania (419), Estonia (411), UK (394), Germany (372), Finland (339), Belarus (212), France (156) and Italy (120).

The total number of participants in all events was nearly ten times larger at 32,415 participants. Saturday’s Rimi Kids’ Day gathered 8,916 children, while Sunday’s distances – 6km, 10km, half-marathon and marathon – combined 23,499 runners (6 km - 10,168, 10km - 6,802, half-marathon - 4,589, and full marathon 1,940 runners).

Kenya's Joseph Kyengo Munywoki won the men's race with a time of 2:12:14 while Ethiopia's Bekelech Dada Bedada was first to cross the line in the women's race with a time of  2:31:22 - a new Riga marathon record.

The highest-placed Latvian in the men's race was Valērijs Žolnerovičs in fourth, who posted a new national record in the process finishing in two hours, 14 minutes and 23 seconds. The op Latvian woman was Anita Kažemāka, 2:48:49.

For the sixth consecutive year Lattelecom Riga Marathon took place under the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Bronze Label, making it the only race in Northern Europe and one of only 55 races globally to receive this prestigious award.

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