Peteris Grivins and Diana Džaviza’s on Saturday Jula 11 won the historic 107-kilometer race Riga-Valmiera, as well as both won gold prizes in the Latvian championship in the 100-kilometer distance, according to the organizers. Grīviņš became the first runner to reach the finish line in Valmiera in less than eight hours, and Džaviza also corrected the track record for the women.
The Riga-Valmiera race was for the first time with a bronze quality mark awarded to it by the International Ultrasonic Association (IAU). The start of the competition was given at midnight in Riga at the Freedom Monument.
Griviņš was the fastest in the finish in Valmiera, who covered the distance to the door climber of Sīmanis Church in seven hours, 59 minutes and 2 seconds. Kristaps Magone and Dmitrijs Nicipors (8.55: 31), who finished just eight hours later, also entered the top three. For men, the track record has belonged to Georg Jermolayev since 1992 (8.01: 38).
For women, Dzaviza’s main favorite was nine hours, 21 minutes and 49 seconds, improving her record (9.26:49). The closest competitors ultra-racing debutants Rita Anopa (10.58: 32) were more than an hour and a half ahead of the winner. Lita Dzelme finished third (11.15: 16).
Also in the Latvian championship in 100 kilometers, men in the top three winners Grivins (7.25: 02) were followed by Magone (7.27: 43) and Nicipors (8.19: 39). Anopa (10.16: 48) and Dzelme (10.30: 59) earned silver and bronze for the women behind the champion Dzaviza (8.48: 12).
The results of the Latvian championship in the 100-kilometer race were recorded 7 kilometers before Valmiera.
The prizes in the race will be not only the fastest, but also the ones that will finish in 19 hours of control. For safety reasons, all participants ran in vests with reflective elements and a headlamp on their heads.
The historic race took place five times from 1989 to 1993, but in 2014 it was renewed.