Dear fellow runners around the world, We wish you merry Christmas from Vilnius! But most importantly, let‘s run together „Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ next year on September 10th!
We kindly invite all the participants to fill the opinion survey of “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” 2016. You can help create a better running event in 2017! You can find the survey here.
Take up a new challenge and register for the 14th “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon”, set to take place on September 10th, 2017. Bravely go after your goals, conquer yourself and your competitors once again! Register HERE.
“Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” is a feast not only for runners but for fans as well. Have you seen a good feast without entertainment, perfect mood and unforgettable music? We neither! “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” is giving you all of that on September 11, 2016. Don’t miss it! “PO AŠTUNTOS” First runners will be greeted next to the Green Bridge with live music by “Po aštuntos”. Saxophone, guitar, drums and a wonderful voice of a vocalist Neringa will inspire you from your first steps of the race. DJ MANTAIPATINKA Everyone running by the White Bridge will be accompanied with DJ “Mantaipatinka” rhythms. FREE MUSIC ZONE Participants will run by the free music zone next to Žvėrynas bridge. We’ll play various energizing music to inspire your greatest run! “DANSKE BANK” FANS We promise you that you will hear the loudest cheers when running by the “Danske Bank” IT centre. Fans of the biggest running team of the event certainly know what it takes to motivate you until the finish line! “BLACK WATER” You will hear sounds of a wonderful DJ duet while running in A. Goštautas street, next to the White Bridge. They are both active in sports so they know what music fits …
Marathon town will be awaiting for participants to recharge their energy in IBUPROM Express muscle relaxation zone (32) or to take a refreshing shower in Hansgrohe shower-truck (4). “Sparti reklama” will offer medal engraving (31) for participants who wish to keep their running time as an ever lasting memory. Everyone who will start feeling ill will be expected in “Kardiolita” clinics’s medical point (5). 1. START 2. Kids START 3. Award stage 4. Hansgrohe shower-truck 5. Kardiolita clinic medical zone 6. INFORMATION CENTRE 7. Cloakroom 8. Nike shop 9. Sportland shop 10. “Švyturys” 11. “Maistas sportui” 12. Garmin 13. “Perlas” 14. “Avon” 15. Seimas 16. Coffee Inn 17. R. Kaukėnas charitable fund 18. National Blood Center 19. Children’s hospital center 20. Maltesers 21. “Red noses” 22. “Topo centras” 23. Gražina Gum 24. 15min.lt 25. “Neptūnas” 26. “Lietuvos paštas” 27. MEDIA zone 29. BMW 30. “RIMI” 31. “Sparti reklama” medal engraving 32. Ibuprom Express Muscle relaxation zone 33. “Poffertjes” pancakes 34. Companies’s zone 35. Women’s dressing room 36. Men’s dressing room 37. Women’s dressing room 38.Men’s dressing room 39. Volunteer area 40. “Pes Planus” 41. “Teida”
This year all finishers of “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” will be rewarded with unique medals: howling iron wolf symbolizes city of Vilnius, impetuosity and freedom. The essence of marathon fits in its meaning: participants rush forwards outrunning time and themselves as a wolf’s howl rushes through silence or city noise. Twelve of the angles of the medal – all year-long your and our preparation for the biggest running event in Lithuania.
For the third time “Danske Bank Vilnius marathon” participants will have a chance to freshen up in “Hansgrohe” shower truck for free. It’s equipped with 20 showers with separated areas for men and women and a changing area. Shower truck will be located right in front of the crossing of Gediminas av. and Šventaragis st.
Anyone who registers to Marathon, “RIMI Half Marathon”, “Švyturio Baltas Nealkoholinis 10km run”, “RIMI Family” 4,2km run and “#BEACTIVE Children’s Run” from now until August 24, will have a chance to collect participant’s bag in the nearest LP Express terminal (only in Lithuania). You can select LP Express delivery during the registration. Delivery fee is 2,50 EUR.
Anyone who registers to Marathon, “RIMI Half Marathon”, “Švyturio Baltas Nealkoholinis 10km run”, “RIMI Family” 4,2km run, “LEMON GYM Students’ Run” and “#BEACTIVE Children’s Run” until August 1st will get a personal participant’s number with name on it.
“Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” 2016 has been approved by our National Member Federation as a 5 star race. It is the biggest running event in Lithuania. Runners begin their distance in the very heart of the capital – Cathedral square. From the starting line they move along Vilnius biggest river – Neris. It takes all the participants to the green part of the city – Vingis park. And we saved the best for last – old town with it’s UNESCO heritage sights, gorgeous streets, views and landscapes. Lithuania and Vilnius are flat, though runners will deal with a few ups and downs on their way in order to enjoy the scenery. Marathon runners have to make two laps of a track, for a total of 42,195 km.
Participate in the following contest and win official “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” 2015 T-Shirt! How to become a participant? All you have to do is to complete the same distance as you did in “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” 2015 faster. Rules: You don’t have to run the exact same course as during “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” 2015. Your chosen running course’s distance has to be the same (or a little longer) as the one you completed in “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” 2015. What matters is for you to finish faster than you did during the event. Capture your result in a picture or a screenshot and post its link to the official “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” Facebook page. You are eligible to participate in this contest if you successfully finished the race course of Marathon, “Teo” Half Marathon, “Rimi Family” 4,2km Run or “CanCan” students’ Run. We will give away a T-Shirt for 2 most “Liked” commentators (1 for each). 1 additional winner will be chosen by “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” staff. Winners will be announced on December 11th in the comments of the contest post in official “Danske Bank Vilnius Marthon” Facebook page. The amount and variety of T-Shirt sizes are limited. Results of …
We invite you to join the 40th Eurovaistinė Christmas Run and to challege yourselves in winter cold. This year running event is going to be held on December 27. Participants will we able to compete in 12, 6 or 3 km race courses. The youngest runners will compete in 200 m run. Since 1976 running enthusiasts gather to see their fellow runners for the last time that year. First of all, Christmas Run is a celebration, nevertheless, all the passionate runners can compete to each other and others just to enjoy running the streets of Vilnius. Eurovaistinė Christmas Run has a fun tradition: some of the runners dress up as Santa Clauses, Snow Whites or Christmas dwarfs and every year surprise guests of the event with their original costumes.
On October 25th Valdas Dopolskas completed Frankfurt Marathon in 02:16:35 and qualified for Rio 2016. Qualifying standard for marathon (men) in the upcoming Olympics is 02:17:00. Frankfurt Marathon is very successful for Lithuanian athletes not for the first time: in 1997 Česlovas Kundrotas finished the race course in 02:12:35 and he holds Lithuanian record for marathon since then. Valdas Dopolskas is the winner of “Teo” Half Marathon which was held during “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” on September 13, 2015. He completed the race in 01:07:29 and beat his personal best time. For more information, visit official page of Frankfurt Marathon.
Preparation for “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ 2016 starts now. The registration has already started and the first one to register was Remigijus Kančys, the winner of “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ 2014. Only a few weeks ago he beat his own record and qualified for Rio 2016. Organisers of the upcoming event promise even more guests from all over the world and even more serious competitors for marathon runners. “By registering I want to encourage everyone to run your chosen distances, to challenge yourselves and to start doing sports if you haven’t already done that” – motivates Remigijus Kančys. “You have almost one year. Start preparing right now and I believe that you will surprise not only everyone around you but also yourselves”. For those who are going to run their first marathon, athlete suggests to assess their capabilities first. It is suggested to have already run 21 km for a few times before, to train consistently and not to overdo during the final days before marathon. He points out that before going to the start line you have to know exactly why you are doing it. Encouraging to prepare responsibly According to Darius Mikulis, director of Public Institution “Tarptautinis maratonas” which is organising …
The biggest running event “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” comes back to the streets of Vilnius on September 11, 2016. Next year is going to be the 13th time when the event invites runners from all over the world to join the enthusiastic crowd of participants. In 2015 “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” gathered 16 602 participants from 49 states, thousands of cheering fans and city guests. The running community was joined by over 450 volunteers. We invite you to become an important part of “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” and to write the Lithuanian history of running together! You can register here. Don’t forget to join our Facebook for the latest updates and tips regarding your preparation!
Only a month ago we all cheered the participants of “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” 2015, the biggest running event in Lithuania. We already know the day when all the runners are going to fill the streets of Vilnius again. We are eager to see you in “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” on September 11th! We can’t wait for the day to come! Registration for the next year’s event starts in 4 days – this Friday, October 16th!
Another succesful October 11th’s race! Monika Juodeškaitė completed Chicago Marathon in 02:34:29. We remind you that entry standard for Rio 2016 marathon (women) is 2:42:00. Congratulations to Monika! Chicago Marathon is a major marathon held yearly in Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States since 1977. It is known for its largely fast and flat course which facilitates the pursuit of personal records and world record performances. This marathon is considered an elite event: the race is limited to 45,000 runners and only runners who finish within 6½ hours are officially timed. For more information and results, visit the official page of Chicago Marathon.
Congratulations to Rasa Drazdauskaitė! Last night, during the 6th CISM Games in South Korea, she completed a marathon in 2:36:48 and was 6th! The Military World Games is a multi-sport event for military sportspeople, organized by the International Military Sports Council(CISM). The Games have been held since 1995 every 4 years. The event is traditionally held one year before the Olympics. Photograph by Augustas Didžgalvis
Congratulations to Remigijus Kančys, the winner of “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” (2014) for qualifying to Rio 2016! On September 27th Remigijus Kančys participated in Berlin Marathon. He completed the race course in 02:15:34 and took the 28th place. He beat his own best time and was the first one in 18 years to come close to the Lithuanian marathon record of 02:12:35 which is being held by Česlovas Kundrotas since 1997 Frankfurt Marathon. Photograph by Augustas Didžgalvis
Information concerning the medal engraving. We’ve already received your medals! We are currently collecting and systemizing all of the data: which of the medals are already engraved and which of the ones we received have to have their information specified. Tomorrow we’ll have a list of participants who can already take back their engraved medals. Those of participants, who paid for the service but have not yet brought it to engrave the medals, can bring it to our office (Vytenis str. 50, Vilnius). We’ll make sure that your medals are engraved and sent back to you by post. I you haven’t paid for the engraving but you still want to have a medal with your personal time on your medal, we invite you to contact “Sparti reklama”. We apologize for inconvenience.
Winners of “Teo” Half Marathon were awarded with medals and cash prizes. Because of the mistakes made during the printing process the amounts of money on the symbolic checks were listed incorrectly – the half marathon prizes were as big as the ones supposed to be given to the full marathon race course winners. During all the communication processes it was stated that the prizes of marathon and half marathon winners are going to be different. It is understood why the winners of “Teo” Half Marathon seemed a little confused. IT company “Teo” which provided the awards has decided to pay the winners the amount of money that was printed on each of their symbolic checks. We are grateful to “Teo” and congratulate all the winners of “Teo” Half Marathon!
We are sorry to inform you that on September 13, 2015 a man passed away while running the half marathon. He was Lithuanian Land Force hussars King Mindaugas Battalion Chief of Staff, Major Vytautas Burokas. On the behalf of the organizing team we express our condolences to the family. We cincerely thank all the volunteers, ambulance doctors and the participants of the event, who quickly performed the first aid for the decedent. We declare the information privided by the witnesses of the accident: Around 10:19AM mobile first aid volunteer noticed a participant who has fallen down on the 15th kilometre of the race course. By that time another participant was already by his side and trying to help a man who was already unconscious. The volunteer immediately called the ambulance. The doctors arrived in around 4 minutes. Personnel of the ambulance intubated the participant and performed the heart massage. After 15 minutes of attempts to revive the man outside, he was taken to the hospital. Sadly, after 45 more minutes of attempts to revive V.B. has passed away. Darius Mikulis Director of Public institution “Tarptautinis maratonas”
If you are participating in marathon, “Teo” Half Marathon or “Magne B6. 10km” run, when picking your starting package up you’ll receive a sticker with your estimated finish time. Before the start all the participants will be lined up according to the stickers they have put on their race numbers. Sticker must be put on the right lower corner of the number (as seen in the picture). Your bib number must be attached on the front side of your T-Shirt!
If you prefer having your own snacks and drinks on the course, be sure to bring them to the registration booth not less than 1 hour before the start. It is necessary to clearly indicate your starting number and the zone number where you would like to have your food and drinks located.
Everyone is invited to do a good deed during “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon”! In the heart of the Vilnius old town –Cathedral square – thousands of people are going to gather for “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon”. Special attention is going to be set to an initiative “Būk geras” (“Be Good”) which is aiming to show the society blood diseases’ treatment’s and bone marrow donation ‘s problems. Also, it is going to complement to making Lithuanian unrelated bone marrow donor register bigger – everyone is invited to do a good deed ant to register to it. “I was surprised to find out that it is so easy to become a bone marrow donor and what a simple procedure the donating is. After it you start feeling that you’ve made something so unreal and simple at the same time. It’s unreal because you’ve just saved someone’s life and simple because you didn’t have to do anything – everything was done by the team of doctors. I want this to be understood by more people” reveals Edvinas who became a donor to give his bone marrows to a little girl just a year ago. Edvinas was encouraged to become a donor 5 years …
Organisers of the 12th „Danske Bank Vilnius marathon“ are hoping to beat their own records again! The event is expected to attract over 15 000 participants this year. It is probably the most massive sports event in Lithuania and it already has 50% more foreign participants than a year ago: 1000 participants from more than 40 countries. In contrast, there were only 1000 participants (in total!) during the first marathon 12 years ago.
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 …
Famous athletes are sure: it doesn‘t matter which kinf of sports you do, running is an essential part of every workout. Badminton player Kęstutis Navickas, cyclist Tomas Vaitkus, rowers Donata Vištartaitė and Milda Valčiukaitė, pentathlete Emilija Serapinaitė – all of these professionals run daily in order to strengthen their muscles and to prepare for the most important starts. Athletes gladly accepted an invitation from Vlada Musvydaitė to participate in “Danske Bank Vilnius Maraton‘s“ „Magne B6.10 km“ Run and to motivate other running enthusiasts, also the ones who are still thinking that they are not yet prepared to participate. “This is not the first time that I am going to participate in a running race, I’ve already won Nida Half Marathon’s 10km race. This time I am going to have another mission – to run and to support Vlada who is going to be an interactive presenter of the event and will be talking during all 10km. The main aim is to motivate everyone and to show that 10km can be run in a pace which is suitable for talking with fellow runners” said Donata Vištartaitė. Badminton player Kęstutis Navickas says that a 10 km race course is equal to around …
While in preparation for this Sunday’s “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon”, there are going to be organised exclusive activities, called “Prepare For Marathon”. The activities are going to be held by singer Ingrida Žiliūtė who is planning to run a marathon this year. She’ll be joined by the short musical festival’s “MfESt” creative group. They’ll talk about how Ingrida and other artists are preparing for the second “marathon” – musical festival’s premiere in Vilnius in the middle of September. During the socially active event it is going to be talked about healthy recipes. “Prepare For Marathon” enthusiasts will not only hear the useful information which concerns the running but also lots of interesting details about musicals. Participants will receive free and specially made all natural energy cocktails. According to Ingrida Žiliūtė, it is essential to eat right before running very long distances: “A person who runs long distances burns lots of calories. These cold pressed cocktails are conservative-free and are one of the best ways to gain energy (in contrary to artificial mixtures bought by women who seek to lose weight).” This famous woman started talking about dieting not without a reason. This is the topic that she and “MfESt” creative …
For the first time in “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon” “Perlas pace runners” for the full marathon race course are going to be “Noskrien” running club members from Latvia. They are going to run in an even pace in order to finish in a given period of time: 3.00, 3.15, 3.30, 3.45, 4.00, 4.30 or 5.00 hours. One of the pace runners Ilona Fridmane tells us that not only pace runners help to finish in a given period of time but also try their best to motivate other runners when they are in the biggest need. Pace runners make sure to keep an even pace throughout the race course. Is their exercise routine any different from other runners’? We exercise daily as any other runners. Specific pace runner experience is gained during the events. The only difference is that a pace runner who is supposed to finish the race course in, for example, 4 hours, can actually do it 20-40 minutes faster. Pace runners know all the course and control the running time. They have runners’ watches in which they follow all kinds of data. They will always know where the closest refreshment station is, keep an eye on fellow runners’ …
“Smart taxi” is offering a special discount to all marathon participants and spectators on the day of the event. Tell promotion code “20” to taxi driver in the end of your trip and recieve 20% discount. Reserve your taxi in advance by calling 1820 or on the website www.smarttaxi.lt
Advance number pick-up will take place in a special registration booth in Cathedral Square. It will be open from the 8 – 12 September, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.It is also possible to collect your starting package on the day of the event from 7 a.m. in a special registration booth in the Cathedral Square. You will also be able to register for the “Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon“ there. Don’t forget that after finishing the running course you can come back to the Cathedral square to have your medal engraved with your time.
Detailed programme of the event: 7:00 Registration, information centre and safety storage are open 8:30 Registration for Marathon and “Teo” Half Marathon is closed 8:45 IMPULS warmup 8:50 Participants start taking up their starting positions 8:52 Welcome speech by Vilnius Mayor 8:55 National anthem of Lithuania 9:00 Marathon and “Teo” Half Marathon START 9:15 “Lietuvos paštas” Team Relay race START 10:40 “Teo” Half Marathon awards 11:40 Marathon men awards 12:00 Baby strollers Run 12:10 “Lietuvos paštas” Team Relay race awards 12:30 Marathon women awards 13:00 “#BEACTIVE Children’s Run” (Age group: 2-4 years) 13:10 “#BEACTIVE Children’s Run” (Age group: 5-7 years) 13:20 “#BEACTIVE Children’s Run” (Age group: 8-12 years) 13:30 Registration for “Magne B6. 10 km” Run is closed 13:40 IMPULS warmup 14:00 “Magne B6. 10 km” Run START 14:50 “Magne B6. 10 km” Run awards 15:00 Registration for “RIMI Family” 4,2 km Run is closed 15:15 IMPULS warmup 15:30 “RIMI Family” 4,2 km Run START 16:00 “RIMI Family” 4,2 km Run awards 17:00 End of the programme