The Tirana Marathon has aroused the interest of athletes around the world. Athletes from at least 20 foreign countries have so far been registered on the official online channels opened by the Municipality of Tirana for all those who want to be part of this event that also due to the opening after the pandemic has turned the Albanian capital into a destination , not only of cultural and tourist, but now also sports. The Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj stated that as never before in previous editions of the marathon, interest in Tirana increases as a result of certification for a full 42-kilometer race which finally puts Albania on the global marathon calendar.
"We have over 20 countries. Apparently those who deal with sports and activities rumble such events and can hardly wait for the first marathons that are opening. Berlin opened, Vienna opened, Tirana opened too! So, many of the athletes can hardly wait to see which are the first cities to get the courage. But I believe that the real marathon is the image of the city, so I ask all citizens, - we will have a day without cars like those days of the pandemic when the city could breath. There is nothing to look forward to on Sunday, so especially for foreign athletes. It is also good for the economy of the city, as almost every hotel is reserved, so it brings economy, brings costs and puts the city on the map of cities that do beautiful things, "said Veliaj.
Referring to the prices which are all the contribution of the sponsors, the mayor said that the same practice has been followed, as that of certified marathons.
Tirana Marathon 2021 comes this year with its 5th edition. The race will be held on October 17 and will have 4 categories: Marathon (42,195) Half Marathon (21, 0975 km), Tirana 10K and "We too", a category that aims to be more motivating than competitive . There will also be a "Fun Run" competition, which will take place one day before the big competition on October 16, 2021 with the young people of high schools in Tirana.