Tartu City Marathon

Tartu Sügisjooks

The history of  Tartu City Run (Tartu Sügisjooks) dates back to 1983 when the first Tartu City Run was held on Tartu streets. At that time, it was one of the most popular running races. Mass sport activities became more and more popular in Estonia and following the success of the first Tartu Rattaralli in 1982 and intense requests by running fans, Tartu City Run was born. It is the predecessor of all big public races in Estonia.

Back then, the length of the run was more like a half marathon, distances were around 20km. In 2012, when the tradition of Tartu City Run is restored, the distance is 10 km. For longer distance lovers’, 1st Tartu City Marathon with 42.2km long distance, is also organized.

Actually, Tartu Sügisjooks did not disappear anywhere. Since 2000 Tartu Sügisjooks has had a new name: Tartu Running Marathon (Tartu Jooksumaraton). That year (in 2000) the race was moved from Tartu streets to Elva-Otepää and to spring time – to provide more variety for the sportsmen throughout the whole year. As in 2012 Tartu Jooksumaraton celebrates its 30th birthday (when counting from the first Tartu City Run), the legendary tradition in the Tartu streets is restored. Tartu City Run is held again on the 6th of October 2012 in Tartu city center.

Historical facts

1983 – first Tartu Sügisjooks was held with 19.2km long distance.
1984 – since this year children races have been always included next to the main race.
1986 – the course got an addition in Annelinna streets, the distance now was 20km.
1987 – the race had the most participants (almost 4500 participants in all distances)
1990 – a new distance – Perejooks, 5km – was added to the race.
1992 – 10km long distance was added to the race.
1995 – starting from this year the race was held half-marathon long – 21,1km.
1995 – the finish area was changed to Tartu Song Festival Grounds.
1995 – all children races were brought to the day before the main race.
1999 – Tartu Sügisjooks was moved to Elva forests.
2000 – Tartu Sügisjooks was renamed to Tartu Jooksumaraton and is now held in spring, usually in May. The race goes from Otepää to Elva (23 km).

Winners of Tartu Sügisjooks

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year distance winner country time ladies winner (overall rank) country time
1983 19,2 km Viljo Emajõe EST 1:00.23 Ille Kukk (97) EST 1:15.35
1984 19, 2 km Toomas Turb EST 0:58.37,4 Ille Kukk (28) EST 1:05.39,5
1985 19, 2 km Toomas Turb EST 1:01.23,5 Ille Kukk (78) EST 1:09.43,0
1986 20 km Toomas Turb EST 1:03.34,3 Ille Kukk 34) EST 1.10.29,3
1987 20 km Aivar Tsarski EST 1:03.10,2 Ene Aigro (272) EST 1:20.22,2
1988 20 km Aivar Tsarski EST 1:05.00,6 Ille Kukk (75) EST 1:15.57,8
1989 20 km John Bolger IRL 1:03.03,2 Ille Kukk (67) EST 1:13.50,5
1990 20 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 1:03.11,0 Ille Kukk (99) EST 1:18.00,3
1991 20 km Viljo Emajõe EST 1:05.36,6 Ille Kukk (87) EST 1:17.21,5
1992 21 km Aivar Kullas EST 1:06.32,1 Tiiu Müürsepp (84) EST 1:26.59,9
1993 20 ,1 km Heiki Sarapuu EST 1:02.58,3 Heidi Rekkand (34) EST 1:19.00,8
1994 21 km Pavel Loskutov EST * Ille Kukk (22) EST *
1995 21,1 km Pavel Loskutov EST 1:05.07,3 Jane Salumäe (13) EST 1:13.40,3
1996 21 km Pavel Loskutov EST 1:06.44,2 Külli Kaljus (Pirksaar) (32) EST 1:21.25,3
1997 21 km Pavel Loskutov EST 1:07.03,9 Külli Kaljus (Pirksaar) (17) EST 1:20.38,6
1998 21,1 km Aleksander Prokopcuk LAT 1:06.39,2 Külli Kaljus (Pirksaar) (27) EST 1.20.37,2
1999 23 km Pavel Loskutov EST 1:11.06,6 Külli Kaljus (Pirksaar) (25) EST 1:28.15,3
2012 10 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 0:32.40 Johanna Toplaan EST 0:40.22
2013 10 km Kaur Kivistik EST 0:32.27 Ksenja Savtshenko (41) EST 0:41.26
2014 10 km Rauno Laumets EST 0:32.10 Egle-Helene Ervin (29) EST 0:39.51
2015 10 km Indrek Tobreluts EST 0:32.54 Outi Hytönen (26) EST 0:38.44
2016 10 km Rauno Laumets EST 0:32:29 Jolanta Liepina (16) EST 0:37:38

Tartu City Marathon

In 2012, together with re-born Tartu City Run, a new race - 1st Tartu City Marthon is held. The race has full-length marathon distance – 42,2km.
Tartu City Marathon is a unique city marathon in Estonia, because the distance is on one consecutive course and most of it is placed in the heart of the second biggest city in Estonia – Tartu. Tartu is a historical university town with many attractions, beautiful sites and friendly people. Thus, a full-length marathon is just what suits the best to this city’s streets! On the 42km long course every participant can gaze at the gorgeous Tartu places and what’s even best – as there’s only one full-length marathon lap, every site on the course is unique!   

Winners of Tartu City Marathon

year distance winner country time ladies' winner (overall rank) country time
2012 42,2 km Dmitri Aristov EST 2:32.46 Annika Vaher (27) EST 3:12.22
2013 42,2 km Ivar Ivanov EST 2:34.27 Mari Boikov (16) EST 3:03.11
2013 21,1 km Raivo Alla EST 1:11.23 Sigrid Valdre (22) EST 1:31.01
2014 42,2 km Tõnu Lillelaid EST 2:32.52 Annika Vaher (34) EST 3:09.27
2014 21,1 km Kaur Kivistik EST 1:09.55 Lily Luik (9) EST 1:18.54
2015 42,2 km Rait Ratassepp EST 2:35.40 Mari Boikov (21) EST 2:56.05
2015  21,1 km Tiidrek Nurme EST 1:07.04 Viivi-Anne Soots (37) EST 1:27.00
2016 42,2 km Raivo Alla EST 2:28:09 Jana Treier (33) EST 3:07:47
2016 21,1 km Indrek Tobreluts EST 1:14:32 Ilona Marhele (6) LAT 1:18:03