In roughly one and a half months’ time, “The Strong Race” will take place for the seventh time. This year, in the 3rd May, a day before the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia Day, the strongest people will gather in the cinema town of “Cinevilla” to prove their bravery, capability, and ability to beat difficulties in an unusual environment. All participants of “The Strong Race” are like a big family where everybody will give each other hand in the hardest moment, and will always help.
The participants of “The Strong Race”
In the recent years, “The Strong Race” has been among the most populated sports events in Latvia, gathering more than 6000 participants. It proves that this country has a lot of brave and driven people who are ready to take part in this race for Latvia, showing the real national unity strength. Following the organisers’ statistics data, students from almost every university and college in Latvia will participate in the race. Many municipalities also support their people who want to take part in “The Strong Race” to promote interest in active recreation and sports activities in fresh air. For example, Kocēni district municipality has invited their people to participate in “The Strong Race” to represent their area for several years by covering the participation expenses. The interest is large since more than 50 people used this opportunity in 2014. We should also note that people from Nītaure parish, Tukums, Kuldīga, Krāslava, Saldus and other districts actively take part in this event. Currently, about 20 municipality teams will compete for the title of the strongest municipality.
Many teams from Latvian companies and organisations take part in the team division of “The Strong Race”. In 2014, 519 teams out of 920 were from companies that use this as a teambuilding event to unite their staff and escape the usual daily life. Some good examples are “Latvijas Finieris” that has used this opportunity since the very beginning, SIA “Bucher Municipal”, SIA “Toode”, SIA “Transcom Worldwide Latvija”, but the most teams have come from “Lattelecom”.
In the recent years, this event has become international because not only participants from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia take part, but also people from 20 different countries round the world including England, Ireland, Mexico, the USA, Thailand, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany etc.
The anticipated changes in 2015 event
For the first time, the “The Strong Race” participants can run in mass start or the elite group, depending on their wishes and fitness. Professional athletes and those ready to compete for prized positions may find the elite group more suitable. The rest are invited to join the mass start. These changes have been made to split participants in several groups and lessen the holdups in the whole track and at some obstacles. Following the participant advice, the track configuration will be changed in 2015 – there will be less running in swamp and forest, and there will be less water obstacles, and a shorter track. The mass start track is estimated to be about 8 km long with 25 obstacles, while the elite group track will be 1 km longer and will have 33 obstacles. The start and finish location has been changed to provide participants with better conditions and service availability.
For the first year, anybody can purchase a VIP ticket for an additional charge which includes different extras. We should mention that the awarding ceremony will again take place in the 4th May in Riga, but the potential winners will be congratulated with flowers and tokens on the event location.
“The Strong Race” practices
For the second year, there is a plan to organise “The Strong Race” practices in open air to duly prepare the participants for this extreme event in the lead of a professional coach. They will take place in every week of April but further information will be released shortly both on the website and social networks, and individually to the participants.
“The Strong Race” is an event anybody will learn to beat themselves, test their strength and understand that there is no “can’t”. This event has been created as an alternative to escape the monotone life pace, even more boring gym schedule and dull long distance tracks.
Further information and application to “The Strong Race” on the competition website www.stiproskrejiens.lv.