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Race news Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon

16 September 2020, 1pm

Statement from race organisers – Elite run only

Bucharest Marathon goes on

Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon
Sun 11 October 2020

In an unpredictable and challenging year, the athletics competitions had to, unfortunately, take a long and an undesired break. Most of the running events postponed or even cancelled their 2020 editions. Therefore, we consider ourselves being lucky for having the possibility of still holding the event.

This time, it will be a bit different: instead of a mixed pro- and amateur mass running event (with several distance races), Bucharest will host a single race – the marathon, for professional runners only.

The race itself is a fast one (the race record is 2 hrs 10’), benefiting from a flat 10.5 km loop. The entire track will cover the very heart of the city, while the car traffic will be completely closed during the race. The race map and elevation are available on the event’s website –

Nevertheless, Bucharest Marathon holds the World Athletics Bronze Label and is an Olympic qualifying event, as certified by World Athletics.

Regarding safety and health measures, the event fully complies with the Romanian legislation in force and respects the World Health Organization and World Athletics guidelines for mass gatherings and athletics competitions, in the context of COVID-19. For example, all athletes and their staff will be transported from and to the airport using private buses, everyone will be hosted in a single hotel (close to the Start / Finish point), will be offered sanitary kits (masks, gloves, disinfectant gel etc.). A complete list of measures and rules is to follow.

Please note that athletes and staff attending competitions in Romania have a special treatment. That means that they are not required to isolate or quarantine themselves for 14 days (prior the event and starting the moment they arrive in the country), no matter where they are coming from. But they must have the proof of a negative result on a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test. This is also a World Athletics requirement.

Registration to the event is free of charge and each runner will receive a complete race kit and services. The event prizes and bonuses are also published on the event’s website.

Bucharest Marathon 2020 is an event organized together with the Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the National Olympic Committee of Romania and Romanian Athletics Federation.

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