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World Athletics Road Running Championships

Sunday October 1st, 2023
Riga, Latvia
Distance: Half Marathon · 5K · 1.61 km
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The inaugural World Athletics Road Running Championships, which will take place on September 30 and October 1, 2023, in Riga, will be the most significant public sporting and athletics event in the history of the Baltic countries.

A flat, single-lap half-marathon course in the Baltics' largest city. All courses are traffic-free.

This unique global running festival, which will crown the world mile, 5km and half marathon champions, will see thousands of amateur runners from at least 100 countries competing alongside elite runners.

This will be the first time when any recreational runner who is ready for a challenge can register for any of the official mass races of the World Championships in Riga and earn a unique medal from the World Athletics Road Running Championships.

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World Athletics Road Running Championships, Race Date: 2023-10-01, Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 59:10 Sabastian Kimaru SAWE KEN
2nd Male 59:14 Daniel Simiu EBENYO KEN
3rd Male 59:19 Samwel Nyamai MAILU KEN
4th Male 59:22 Jemal Yimer MEKONNEN ETH
Female 1:07:25 Peres JEPCHIRCHIR KEN
2nd Female 1:07:26 Margaret Chelimo KIPKEMBOI KEN
3rd Female 1:07:34 Catherine Reline AMANANGOLE KEN
4th Female 1:07:50 Tsigie GEBRESELAMA ETH
Division Time Name Age Home
F 60-69 1:26:16 Rosa Mota POR
World Athletics Road Running Championships

Course highlights

When developing the Half-Marathon course of the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga, we wanted it to be fast, pretty, compact, and accessible. So here we go! The start and finish area – the Embankment – is the Gate to Old Riga and is right on the main river Daugava. It’s wide, spacious, and in the heart of the city making it easily accessible for Championship runners, fans, and spectators! Right after the start we cross the Akmens tilts (Stone Bridge), allowing perfect UNESCO Heritage Old Riga Views, and head to Pardaugava, the other bank of river Daugava, known for its contrasting architecture combining the National Library, wooden architecture, and skyscrapers with romantic gems like Dzeguzkalns, the Cuckoo Hill.

We return to Old Riga over Vanšu bridge (Suspension Bridge) offering a spectacular Panorama of the City.

The good news is that Vanšu bridge and Stone bridge are pretty much the only hills on the course since the rest of Riga is pretty flat. The compact course includes most of Riga’s central landmarks making it exciting not just for participants, but spectators.

National Museum of Arts. National Theatre. The Monument of Freedom and the very central avenue of Riga – Freedom Street.

Before finishing off – the world-famous Art Noveau architecture on Elisabeth street.

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