This year the organisers of „Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ are preparing for the record number of participants. Not only experienced runners or amateurs but also children and Nordic walking enthusiasts will be able to challenge themselves on September 13th. All the runners will be motivated by cheering fans, music bands and DJ’s in 17 music entertainment stops. Everyone will be able to watch the running event live on LRT.lt.
“We have many technological innovations this year: a professional filming team “iRewind” from Switzerland is coming to “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon”. For the first time in every stop (5, 10, 15, 20km, start and finish lines) we’ll have video cameras which are going to film every participant of the event. After the event runners will be able to find their personal videos at the different parts of the race course. Internet connection providers “Teo“ and „Omnitel“ will ensure a live video streaming on LRT.lt. During the „Magne B6. 10km“ run Vlada Musvydaitė, followed by a cameraman, will share all the emotions from the race course live on 15min.lt” tells us Darius Mikulis, director of public institution „Tarptautinis maratonas“.
For the first time all the pictures from the event are going to be uploaded to a special photo database on vilniusmarathon.sportfoto.com. It’s as easy as typing participant’s bib number or name and surname to find the pictures. To ensure that, 8 professional photographers are going to work in the race course. Just as last year, participants are going to be invited to freshen up in “Hansgrohe” shower truck which is going to be located on the pavement by the crossing of Gediminas av. and T. Vrublevskis st.
12 000 runners registered for “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ before September 10th. It‘s 20% more than the number of participants on the same day last year. A number of foreign runners’ is twice as big as last year: it grew from 548 to 1000. 15 900 bib numbers are already prepared together with 15 000 medals which are being shipped from South Africa this year. The company “1000 km promotions” makes medals since 1996 and provides them to the biggest and the most famous sports events. It is estimated that participants will receive over 16 500 bottles of water, around 400 kg of bananas, 400 kg of oranges. 550 volunteers are going to work during the event, 17 music bands and DJ’s are going to perform and motivate the runners. Journalists from Germany, Norway and Poland are coming to write about „Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“.
FAN ZONES: MUSIC BANDS, DJ’s AND ENTERTAINMENT
The start of “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ is going to be announced by the French music band „Badaue“. After the powerful start in the Cathedral Square, the band is going to perform in „Danske Bank“ fan zone next to the entrance to the Bernardine Gardens.
Nike is going to invite all the participants of „Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ to overcome themselves and to find out what their maximum speed is at NIKE ZOOM 500 metres section. This is a special speed section in 42, 21, 10 km race courses. The fastest 3 participants (men and women) are going to be awarded with NIKE running shoes.
Traditionally everyone is invited to put to the test the strength of the team in “Lietuvos paštas team relay’. Lietuvos paštas invites everyone to join their cheers for the start and the finish at the Odiminai square.
Not only the fast internet but also smart entertainment will be offered by “Teo”. Everyone who is going to visit “Teo” zone will be able to watch the running event LIVE and to follow the most important information. They’ll be also invited to race with “Sphero” robots, to dance in pedometer disco and to try out and win electric unicycle and smart pedometers.
Ecuadoran DJ Fabian is going to perform in the first kilometres next to the Green Bridge. Instrumentalists “Strings of Earth” are going to wait for everyone in the Upės str. next to the White Bridge. On the stage of Vilnius Vingis Park you will all be able to spend amazing time with Zumba Dance and Capoeira Lietuva. Everyone who is going to run in A. Goštautas str. will hear the drums of “Samba Vilnius”, in Lukiškės square – DJ Justinez. “Drum Fever” is going to perform next to the Central Bookstore in the “Teo” fan zone. Fans are going to be invited to dance with “Sweetsalt” in Vilnius str. “Sorainen” fan zone (next to the st. Catherine church) is going to motivate the runners with “Mood Sellers”. In Vokiečių str. “Baltic Amadeus” and Children’s Hospital Support Fund zone’s “Netikėti svečiai” is going to be waiting for runners and all of their fans. Not far from them – in the Town Hall square – LRT Opus performers. On the hill of Subačius str. – “Afrikos būgnai”, a little bit further – “Samba de Riga” and refreshment from “Vichy”. “Meu Som” is going to perform next to the Užupis Angel, “8 Levitate” and “Baltasis Kiras” next to the Mindaugas bridge.
Organisers of the event remind everyone that the traffic in the city of Vilnius is going to be restricted.