“Run TOGETHER - Run for SECURITY” flash mob banner

On 10 July 2024, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites you to join a run in Riga – “Run TOGETHER Run for SECURITY” starting at 18.30 from the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Valdemāra iela 3, to reaffirm the unity of the strongest security Alliance – NATO, and its member states.

It was on 29 March this year, that Latvia celebrated 20 years since joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), while on 4 April, NATO marked its 75th anniversary. From 9 to 11 July, Washington, D.C. will host the NATO summit, which is to address defence matters vital for Latvia, support to Ukraine, and strategies to contain Russia’s aggression.

The run organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be actively supported by the Ministry of Defence of Latvia, the National Armed Forces of Latvia (NAF), the NATO eFP battle group, the Camp Ādaži military base, and the National Armed Forces (NAF) Sports Club.

Taking part in the flashmob are also the Embassies of Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America in Latvia.

The route – an outline of an aircraft – mapped by the Foreign Ministry in the urban environment is also publicly available on the STRAVA application. The almost 12 km long run will be led by 9 to 12 runners of NATO eFP battle group from Camp Ādaži and the NAF Sports Club. The expected pace is 67 min/km.

All those interested are invited to join anywhere on the route or at any of the five checkpoints, at their own pace. The checkpoints are located as follows:

  1. Riga Old St. Gertrude Church,
  2. Riga New St. Gertrude Church,
  3. Intersection of Cēsu iela and Brīvības iela,
  4. Ziedoņdārzs (on the side of A. Čaka iela),
  5. Vērmanes garden (on the side of K. Barona iela).

Drinking water will be available at every checkpoint. There will also be an opportunity to meet staff from the NATO member state embassies in Latvia.

The run will be concluded at approx. 20.30 at its starting point in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, K. Valdemāra iela 3.

To apply for participation, all those interested are invited to fill out the form (the number of participants is limited):

For information: plan of the event

  • From 18.15 – runners gathering in front of the Foreign Ministry building at K. Valdemāra iela 3
  • 18.30 addressses by officials from the Ministry and the NAF
  • 18.40 start of the run
  • 20.30 finish of the run in front of the Foreign Ministry building at K. Valdemāra iela 3

After the run, the participants are invited to join an outdoor party hosted by the NAF on Esplanāde to mark the 105th anniversary of the Latvian Army; music will be performed by the NAF bands.