Tartu Maraton

Club Tartu Maraton's main project has been ski race Tartu Maraton, first organized in 1960. Within years the small group's skiing trip has grown into a big marathon that brings together thousands of skiers from all over the world. Biggest numbers descend from 1986, when almost 12000 people registered from all over the Soviet Union.

As the eastern border was closed in 1991, the numbers have become smaller. The popularity of the ski marathon which standard of organization is internationally acknowledged brings now here participants from every corner of the world. In 2013 there was established participation record of last 26 years 7881 finishers.

Besides the main 63 km race the Tartu Maraton program includes a 31 km short race. These races are prelude by the Open Track and Women's races a week before, TILLU and MINI races for children a day before the main event.

Club Tartu Maraton has managed to prove itself more widely in the world of cross-country skiing. Since 1994 when Tartu Marathon became a member of Worldloppet the organizers have constantly tried to improve the level of organization, which has brought along the acknowledgement of participants and increased the share of participants from foreign countries. In years 1999-2004, the Worldloppet General Secretariat was in Tartu, the first headquarter of an international sports organization in Estonia. The Secretary General was Madis Lepajõe, a board member of Club Tartu Maraton.
In 1999, Tartu Maraton was awarded as The Best Tourism Establishment by Estonian Association of Travel Agents and in 2010 as The Best Touruism Establishment in South-Estonia.


Historical facts


1960 - took place for the first time. Course form Tartu to Kääriku
1980 - for the first time as a competition (all participants received startnumbers and were ranked). Corse turned from Otepää to Tartu
1981 - new rececourse for next 15 years from matu to Elva
1986 - the greatest number of participants at the finish - 9858. The best sport establishment of Soviet Union.
1991 - Club Tartu Maraton was founded
1994 - In june became member of the Worldloppet
1995 - the first race as a Worldloppet member
1996 - Open Track events were added to the program
1997 - 33 km short race was added to program, start was moved to Otepää
1999 - 2004 Headquarters of Worldloppet in Tartu
1999 - Title of the Best Tourism Establishment in Estonia by Estonian Association of the Travel Agents
2002 - 16 km Tartu Ladies Race was added to the Open Track program
2009 - Tartu Maraton moved its finish area to Tartumaa Tervisespordikeskus
2010 - Title of the Best Tourism Establishment in South-Estonia by South-Estonian Tourism Board
2012 - Tartu Relay Marathon was added to the program 

Winners

* data missing

year

distance route overall winner country time ladies' winner (overall rank) country time
1960 55 km Tartu-Kääriku Rein Tikk EST 3:27.10  -
1962 54 km Tartu-Kääriku Valter Tennisson, Anatoli Kreinin EST 3:39.10  -
1963 55 km Tartu-Kääriku Valter Tennisson EST 3:43.08  -
1964 56 km Tartu-Otepää Anatoli Zelentsov EST 2:52.09  -
1965 56 km Tartu-Otepää Tõnu Haljand EST 3:51.51  -
1966 56 km Tartu-Otepää * *
1967 60 km Tartu-Otepää Rudolf Mürk EST 4:06.07 Eha Abel (Suija) EST 4:44.20
1968 46 km Tartu-Otepää Arvo Kütt EST 2:54.24 Ene Märtin (Altmäe) EST 3:35.07
1969 50 km Tartu-Otepää Hain Kinks EST 3:30.05 Ingrid Mägar EST 4:02.00
1970 50 km Tartu-Otepää Tõnu Kinks EST 2:44.55 *
1971 50 km Tartu-Otepää Vladimir Šokman EST 2:47.13 *
1976 45 km Tartu-Otepää Mati Mallo EST 2:45.46 Taima Kuusk (Nurm) EST 3:09.08
1977 45 km Tartu-Otepää Tõnu Kinks EST 3:34.15 Tatjana Ojavere EST 3:31.17
1978 45 km Tartu-Otepää Anatoli  Šmigun EST 2:39.32 Rutt Šmigun EST 3:09.57
1979 45 km Tartu-Otepää Arne Sammel EST 2:39.01 Ülle Torop (Raudsepp) EST 3:34.22
1980 63 km Matu-Tartu Arne Sirel EST 3:45.12 Küllike Ohno (96) EST 5:01.00
1981 49,7 km Matu-Illi Mati Albert EST 2:30.10 Helmi Mihhailova (91) EST 3:07.07
1982 52,7 km Matu-Elva Mati Albert EST 3:21.10 Rutt Šmigun (63) EST 2:50.38
1983 55,8 km Matu-Elva Jaanus Teppan EST 2:53.33 Rutt Šmigun (117) EST 3:34.58
1984 60 km Matu-Elva Vahur Kihuoja EST 2:46.28 Siiri Sepp (193) EST 3:33.11
1985 55,6 km Matu-Elva Artur Daniel EST 2:41.47 Kerstin Kruuda (Margus) (119) EST 3:16.06
1986 60 km Matu-Elva Nikolai Politajev EST 2:26.28 Ingrid Tikk (213) EST 3:02.36
1987 58 km Matu-Elva Ulvar Pavlov EST 2:15.44 Krista Lepik (177) EST 2:38.43
1991 47 km Matu-Hellenurme Margo Pulles EST 2:16.50 Ene Tjulkina (Ojari) (83) EST 2:35.15
1993 30 km Matu-Matu Ulvar Pavlov EST 1:32.59 Ene Aigro (36) EST 1:49.08
1994 60 km Matu-Elva Raul Olle EST 2:32.55 Katrin Mauring (26) EST 2:55.00
1995 60 km Matu-Elva Hakan Westin SWE 2:28.53 Ene Aigro (60) EST 3:03.47
1996 60 km Matu-Elva Hakan Westin SWE 2:35.10 Maria Theurl (52) AUT 3:05.02
1997 65 km Otepää-Elva Mihhail Botvinov AUT 2:56.48 Gudrun Pflüger (49) AUT 3:18.54
1998 63 km Otepää-Elva Mihhail Botvinov AUT 3:01.37 Piret Niglas (60) EST 3:34.34
1999 63 km Otepää-Elva Johann Mühlegg GER 3:02.11 Nadezda Simak (64) RUS 3:28.45
2001 63 km Otepää-Elva Raul Olle EST 3:04.59 Piret Niglas (36) EST 3:32.25
2002 27 km Matu-Arula Havard Skorstad NOR 1:08.33 Elin Nielsen NOR 1:20.01
2003 63 km Otepää-Elva Joergen Aukland NOR 2:50.31 Svetlana Frizen  (43) RUS 3:20.26
2005 63 km Otepää-Elva Raul Olle EST 3:16.46 Tatjana Mannima (37) EST 3:48.17
2006 63 km Otepää-Elva Stanislav Rezac CZE 3:04.37 Õnne Kurg (78) EST 3:33:20
2007 63 km Otepää-Elva Jerry Ahrlin SWE 2:42.28 Elin Ek (40) SWE 3:07.03
2009 63 km Otepää-Elva Anders Aukland NOR 2:57.29 Sandra Hansson (31) NOR 3:13.04
2010 63 km Otepää-Elva Anders Aukland NOR 2:59.41 Sandra Hansson (37) NOR 3:20.59
2011 63 km Otepää-Elva Jerry Ahrlin SWE 2:41.23 Sandra Hansson (74) NOR 3:08.35
2012 63 km Otepää-Elva Joergen Brink SWE 2:43.21 Susanne Nystroem (67) SWE 3:06.27
2013 63 km Otepää-Elva Simen Oestesen NOR 2:45.01 Sandra Hansson (43) NOR 2:58.53
2015 63 km Otepää-Elva Eldar Roenning NOR 2:43:41 Tatjana Mannima (58) EST 3:10:01