Kenyan Ibrahim Mukunga Wachira triumphed in the Tartu Forest Marathon for the fourth year in a row
Photo: Tarmo Haud
36th Tartu Forest Marathon, the biggest cross-country run in the Baltics, was held today in South-Estonia. The winners of the two main distances, 42 and 23 km, are Sander Linnus and Ibrahim Mukunga Wachira.
The biggest number of runners, 1274, took part in the 23 km distance. Kenyan Ibrahim Mukunga Wachira, winner of the distance since 2015, dominated the race from the very beginning also today. Wachira, who last year won the distance with running just in his socks, was nearly 4 minutes faster than others and crossed the finish line with the winning time of 1:20.24. Roman Fosti (EST) finished second (+3.58) and Raivo Alla (EST) third (+5.01).
“The 23 km cource is very suitable for me. Today the weather was a bit too warm even for me, in some parts of the track even warmer than in my homecountry Kenya. This made the race today very difficult,” the winner Wachira said.
The best woman in the 23 km distance was Kaisa Kukk (EST) (1:36.52).
For the first time in the race history, the 42 km was added into the program. 194 runners stood at the start line of the marathon distance. The fastest man on the longer track today was Sander Linnus (EST) (2:48.37), the leader of the Tartu Marathon Cube Series. The best woman in the marathon distance was Tea Pärnik (EST) (3:36.03).
All together 3409 runners and nordic walkers were signed up for the 4 distances of Tartu Forest Marathon.
The next stage of Tartu Marathon Cube series is Tartu Rattaralli. The biggest road cycling race in the Eastern Europe will be held on May 27th with the distances of 135 and 56 km.