FACTS AND FIGURES: Over 7000 skiers took part in the 46th Tartu Maraton


Photo: Adam Illingworth

One of the oldest skiing marathon’s in the world, Tartu Maraton, finished yesterday with the main distances where Finn Niko Koskela and Swede Maria Gräfnings triumphed. Let’s look back at the event in some numbers.

  • As of preliminary data a total of 4867 skiers registered for the 63 and 31 km main distances (in comparison last year’s number: 3645). 3506 of them registered for the 63 km distance and 1361 took the 31 km challenge.
  • A total of 7040 skiers took part in the 46th Tartu Maraton’s events (last year: 5225): Open Track races – 503, Tartu Relay Marathon – 360, children’s events – 1310, main distances – 4867.
  • Out of the 4867 participants on Sunday, 3959 were men and 911 women.
  • A total of 104 skiers took part in the Tartu Maraton Vintage, which started along with the main races. 66 retroskiers registered for the 63 km distance and 38 people for the 31 km race.
  • Average age: 63 km: 44; 63 km Vintage: 45; 31 km: 43; 31 km Vintage: 52.
  • The youngest participant on Sunday was 9 and the oldest 85 years of age.
  • A total of 36 different countries were represented (a year before: 27).
  • A total of 4036 Estonians and 831 foreign skiers registered for the event. Most skiers came from Russia, Finland and Latvia.
  • A total of 4471 finishers on Sunday: 3246 in the 63 km race and 1225 in the 31 km distance.
  • For the first time in history a Finn won the Tartu Maraton – Niko Koskela triumphed with a new course record 2:31.09. The last place went to an Estonian journalist Jüri Muttika who on wooden skis crossed the finish line with a time of 9:56.01.
  • A total of 1220 skiers participated in the marathon for the first time. Yesterday there were also 2207 skiers in the start list, who have finished the Tartu Maraton 5 or more times.
  • Total number of organizers + volunteers: approximately 1200.


The Tartu Maraton Cube series will continue on the 12th of May with the 37th Tartu Forest Marathon (running).