Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon
Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest MARATHON’s first edition was held in 2008. Started from the Northen part of the city, the track race was more outside, had only one lane dedicated to running,while the car traffic on all other streets lanes remained opened. Although only few hundred runners competed, the event can be considered a success (for those times).
11 years after, the event gathers over 22.000 runners at the start, both adults and kids, in dedicated competitive and non-competitive races, over 2 consecutive days. Now, the runners represent over 65 countries, the competition is AIMS Certified and, starting 2018, the marathon race holds the IAAF Bronze Label. Each edition is held during the October’s second weekend.
Nevertheless, Bucharest MARATHON is the largest mass sports event in Romania and supports over 30 social causes. Thus, the event’s awareness is used create a good social and economical impact on local community.
Also important, the volunteering achieved new dimensions, based on the “Volunteers in Sports” platform created by Bucharest RUNNING CLUB. At first, the platform was related only to the Bucharest MARATHON. It grew every year and now their support comes from over 700 volunteers / event.