Gunars Akerbergs was born in 1947 in Saulkrasti, 47 km from Riga. Studies at Latvian University brought him to Riga. From 1973 until 1991 he worked on Latvian Sports Committee but since January 1992 he has been an official at Latvian Football federation. Gunars ran his first marathon in 1969, at the age 22 and in 1975 he began keeping statistics on Latvian marathon runners. He published three handbooks of Latvian marathon statistics, the last covering the period of 1927-1999. Since the end of 1996 he edited the newsletter "Maratona Zinas" (Marathon News) and his website www.marathon.lv. Gunars Akerbergs passed away on January 3, 2008.