Tartu Forest Marathon

Short history of Tartu Forest Marathon

After the successful launch of Tartu Rattaralli in 1982 and the pressure from runners the first Tartu Sügisjooks (Tartu Autumn Run) was organized in 1983. It was decided that the marathon should definately be run in the city just like other famous marathons in the world. So the course passed the city of Tartu, starting by the river Emajõgi and finish at the stadium of Tartu University.

From the first edition on the event gained popularity and following years the number of participants of the main race already grew to more than 1000. And this number did not include the shorter races – 10 and 4 km. Also, the races for children – MINI and MIDIjooks – were very popular, the highest numbers reached 2000. As for any other popular sport event, the golden period was between 1984 and 1987. And the hardest time was the beginning of the nineties. Fortunately nowdays has been set up new participation records.

While Tartu Maraton and Rattaralli annually grew in the end of the nineties, the running event, that was organized by running clubs, needed a new impulse. The last Tartu Sügisjooks was held in 1999, on a new course. The city atmosphere was exchanged for a more healthier one and the race was taken to South-Estonia, to places known from Tartu Maraton.

Next big change took place in 2000 when the race was taken to spring instead of autumn. Tartu Sügisjooks became Tartu Jooksumaraton. The distances stayed the same – 23 km for the main race and 10 km for the short race. Present course of Tartu Jooksumaraton starts in Otepää and ends in Elva. Where possible, the course follows the track of Tartu Maraton. The changes of the course and program in 1999 are fairly justified – the emotional event in the springtime has become more and more popular since 2000. The main race of Tartu Jooksumaraton is the most popular long distance run in Estonia.  In 2004, a 10 km Nordic Walking was added to the program. It was the first big Nordic Walking event in Estonia and became popular straight away. Since 2007, there is also a 23 km distance for Nordic Walking.

Historical facts

1983 the first Tartu Sügisjooks with distances 19,2 km was organized in the Tartu city
1984 childrens' races were added to program
1986 the course was changed to 20km
1987 participation record of Soviet times (almost 4500 finishers in all distances together)
1990 5 km Family run was added to the program
1992 10 km run was added to the program
1995 the race course was prolonged to match half-marathon lenght (21,1 km).
1995 finish area moved from Tartu University stadium to renovated Tartu Song Festival Arena
1999 Tartu Sügisjooks course moved from Tartu city to forest roads from Otepää to Elva with distance 23 km
2000 Tartu Sügisjooks was renamed to Tartu Jooksumaraton, event time was moved from September to second Sunday of May
2008 finishline changed location at Tartumaa Tervisespordikeskus, new lenght of course 23,4km. Started new era of keeping course record.
2011 startline of 10 km changed location at Tartumaa Tervisespordikeskus
2013 Charity Run was added to the events program
2016 Main distance was shortened to 23,3 km
2017 5 km distance was added to the program
2018 42 km distance was added to the program, event also got a new name - Tartu Forest Marathon


To see Tartu City Run (Tartu Sügisjooks) winners of 1983-1999 click HERE.

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year distance overall winner country time ladies' winner (overall rank) country time
2000 23 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 1:12.39,5 Jane Salumäe (9) EST 1:19.25,3
2001 23 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 1.12.02,4 Külli Kaljus (Pirksaar) (29) EST 1.28.58,7
2002 23 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 1:12.08,0 Külli Kaljus (Pirksaar) (46) EST 1:31.06,4
2003 23 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 1:12.22,0 Külli Kaljus (Pirksaar) (61) EST 1.27.50,3
2004 23 km Pavel Loskutov EST 1:10.31,3 Maile Mangusson (37) EST 1:27.36,4
2005 23 km Pavel Loskutov EST 1:11.13,0 Tiina Tross (37) EST 1:25.38,0
2006 23 km Margus Pirksaar EST 1:11.27,3 Olga Andrejeva (67) EST 1:27.50,9
2007 23 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 1:09.40,0 Kadri Kadak (57) EST 1:27.13,6
2008 23,4 km Vjatsheslav Koshelev EST 1:17.50,0 Olga Andrejeva (36) EST 1:33.47,0
2009 23,4 km Yuri Vinogradov RUS 1:16.24 Külli Pirksaar (69) EST 1:34.25,0
2010 23,4 km Taivo Püi EST 1:16.11 Irene Chepkirui (18) KEN 1:23.06,0
2011 23,4 km Raji Assefa Worku ETH 1:11.38 Etaferu Wodaj Temesgen (22) ETH 1:26.57
2012 23,4 km Viljar Vallimäe EST 1:16.03 Evelin Talts (20) EST 1:26.59
2013 23,4 km Roman Fosti EST 1:15.50 Natalia Sokolova (24) RUS 1:26.19
2014 23,4 km Roman Fosti EST 1:15.30 Evelin Talts (69) EST


2015 23,4 km Wachira Ibrahim Mukunga KEN 1:13:23 Liina Luik (37) EST 1:29:07
2016 23,4 km Wachira Ibrahim Mukunga KEN 1:13:30 Kaisa Kukk (44) EST 1:31:23
2017 23,4 km Wachira Ibrahim Mukunga KEN 1:13:23 Olga Andrejeva (36) EST 1:29:39
2018 42,2 km Sander Linnus EST 2:48:37 Tea Pärnik (34) EST 3:36:03
2018 24,1 km Wachira Ibrahim Mukunga KEN 1:20:24 Kaisa Kukk (20) EST 1:36:52
2019 42,2 km Rauno Jallai EST 2:37:54 Klarika Kuusk (17) EST 3:15:41
2019 24,1 km Wachira Ibrahim Mukunga KEN 1:19:46 Marion Tibar (26) EST 1:33:51
2020 virtual run not competition
2021 Individual, virtual run not competition