On Sunday, 14th May, 33 participants from The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Latvia took part in the Riga marathon, running distances of 6k or 10k. The Award programme participants and their Award leaders travelled from 4 regions in Latvia to participate – from Dobele, Jaunjelgava, Auce and Gulbene. This was the first time in the Award programme’s 10 year history in Latvia that a unified Award team took part in the Riga marathon.
For three of the participants, taking part in the marathon meant fulfilling the individual objectives they had set for themselves within the Award programme’s Physical Recreation section.
The Award programme comprises three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and constitutes four sections – Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. A fifth section, a Residential Project, must also be completed at Gold level.
The Physical Recreation section specifically aims to improve the health, self-esteem and confidence of participants, and participation in Sunday’s marathon was a great way to combine all these elements.
Before commencing their run, the Award team participants met at hotel “Radi un Draugi”, to receive their running numbers and carry out some warm-up activities.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Latvia is grateful to the supporters of this event: BritCham Charity Fund, hotel "Radi un draugi", advertising and printing agency "Digitālā Pele”, and the British Embassy Riga for hosting a marathon warm-up event in April.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Latvia is a self-development programme aimed at 14-24 year olds, from all backgrounds. In Latvia it is implemented by the National Centre of Education.