Pre-events of Tartu Maraton will take place at Tehvandi


Artificial snow course at Tehvandi. Photo: Peeter Liik

On this Sunday, 14th of February, 5th Tartu Relay Marathon and Tartu Maraton Open Track events will not take place on  the original 63km course but on a small artificial snow lap at Otepää, Tehvandi.

„Because of very poor snow conditions in Estonia and warm weather during past few weeks we can’t organize Tartu Maraton pre-events (Relay Marathon and Open Track) on the original Otepää-Elva 63km course but insteed have to move them to the 2,6km lap in Tehvandi,“ said race director Indrek Kelk.

Start of the Relay Marathon and Open Track will be at the original start place at Otepää on the Tehvandi Ski stadium but the course will run along a small lap that has artificial snow.

Biggest change is that Relay Marathon and Open Track events will take place at seperate times. This is because of safety reasons.

5th Tartu Relay Marathon will start at 9.00 on the 14th of February. Every leg will ski three laps which means that the total distance for the Relay Marathon will be 4x7,8km. Open Track will start at 12.00. 12 and 6 lap distances are available (approximately 30km and 15km in total). Skiers will start in a maximum of 30-member groups at a small interval.

Latest data shows that a total of 44 teams have registered for the Relay Marathon and a total of 117 skiers for the Open Track events. This means that a total of about 300 competitors are excpected to start on Sunday.

Main races of the 44th Tartu Maraton should take place on the 21st of February but today the organizers say that it is highly unlikely that these will take place on the original course. Final decision about the main races will be made on the 15th of February.