Approximately 600 runners from 35 countries will take part on Sunday, October 6, in the 6th edition of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest International Marathon whose start will be given in Bucharest’s Constitutiei Square at 9 AM. Valeria Racila van Groningen, the President of the Bucharest Running Club Association, the organizer of the event, announced on Thursday at a press conference that runners from 35 countries have signed up for the competition, including 15 elite marathon runners from Africa and Europe, Agerpres informs. The organizers will offer over 150 prizes, 40 of which consist of sums of money, in the seven races organized as part of the competition.
The Children’s Race will take place in Constitutiei Square on Saturday starting at 10.30 AM. A novelty for this edition will be the “Jogging in Diapers” race in which parents will race over a distance of 800 meters while pushing their babies’ carriages. In order to prevent accidents the organizers have decided not to award the competitors’ speed, the prizes set to be offered through a draw. The wheelchair, marathon, semi-marathon, relay marathon and people’s races will take place on Sunday, starting at 8.50 AM.
“I congratulate the organizers, all people that managed to prove that an important sports event can take place in Bucharest even without budget allocations,” Carmen Tocala, secretary of state within the Youth and Sports Ministry, stated.
“It gives us great pleasure to be alongside the Bucharest Running Club Association for the Bucharest International Marathon’s sixth consecutive year. Sports is very important for a healthy and balanced lifestyle and the marathon is an event that covers the most important human preoccupations: belonging to a community, personal and public health, but also personal development,” Corina Vasile, Raiffeisen Bank’s Communication and Public Relations Director, stated.