17 November 2016, 1pm
The excellent presentation made by Renna Järvalt, the General Secretary of the Tallinn Marathon had a unique element which was a dance by the triplets Leila, Lily and Liina Luik, who made history this summer in Rio de Janeiro by becoming the first triplets to compete in the Olympic women’s marathon. They referred to themselves as the “Trio to Rio”.
The then 30-year-old triplets only took up the sport six years ago but Lily came a respectable 97th and Leila was 114th. Unfortunately, Liina was unable to complete the tough event on the day, but all three names are now etched in Olympic and world history.
The presentation included personal messages from Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.
The other impressive bidders were Jerusalem Marathon (Israel), Penang Marathon (Malaysia), and HeidelbergCement Tbilisi Marathon (Georgia).
The Congress is co-organised by the ‘Athens Marathon, the Authentic’ and the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), Greece’s governing body for athletics.