Lattelecom Riga Marathon



Take a look at the official finisher's medal of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon 2017

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The designer of the new medal is Visvaldis Asaris; he has created the medal to reflect the Riga cityscape, symbolically dividing the sides of the medal into old and modern Riga. Visvaldis Asaris was the graphic designer of the Bank of Latvia’s 2014 commemorative coin which was awarded best in the world in its category at the prestigious Coin of the Year Award competition. As usual, all Lattelecom Riga Marathon finishers will receive a medal, with Rimi Children’s Day, Family Run and 6km Run participants receiving a lighter medal with smaller dimensions while the marathon distance runners will receive heavier medals of a more impressive size. 

The official Lattelecom Riga Marathon running shirt

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The drawing that decorates the Lattelecom Riga Marathon 2017 official adidas running shirt is Raimonds Staprāns’ (born 1926) interpretation of one of the artist’s brightest memories from Latvia’s first period of independence (when Raimonds Staprāns was quite young). An ornament excavated by an archaeologist, which was named the Kursa Cross in honour of the place where it was dug up, remained in Staprāns’ mind and impressed him both with its form and design. In the 1960s Staprāns made a necklace based on the Kursa Cross, simplifying and modernising the form. The Lattelecom Riga Marathon t-shirt design features a modernised and simplified drawing of the necklace. 

About the Artist

Raimonds Staprāns (1926) is a playwright and one of the few Latvian artists whose works have succeeded in breaking through into the world’s leading art galleries, museums and private collections. Staprāns’ works can be found in the collections of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the John F. Kennedy Art Museum and the Latvian National Museum of Art. 

In Latvia Staprāns is well known as a playwright - in 1989, R. Staprāns’ most famous play “Four Days in June” was performed over 100 times to the overfilled hall of the Dailes Theatre. Latvia got to know Staprāns’ art most vividly in 2006 when the Latvian National Museum of Art organised an exhibition of his works, at that point the largest exhibition that had been displayed in his homeland. 

Raimonds Staprāns was born in Riga; at the end of the Second World War he left Latvia with his family as a refugee. He ended up living and working in San Francisco, California. He gained his Bachelor’s degree in art and dramaturgy in 1952 at the University of Washington, Seattle, and his Master’s in art from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Source: Latvian National Museum of Art, www.lnmm.lv

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