Photo: Adam Illingworth
Despite the difficult conditions today, the legendary Tartu Maraton was held on the classic Otepää-Elva 63km track.
The victory in the men's competition went to Estonians after 16 years. Mart Kevin Põlluste was the first to cross the finish line (time 3.03.12.8), followed by his teammate Henri Roos (+00.29.5). Third place went to Taavi Kaiv (+02.24.4).
"I realized that I can't beat Henri on the finish line and I tried to get away and not look back. In general, the track conditions were very difficult, but the last 3km were the hardest, "said Põlluste, the winner of 47th Tartu Maraton.
Among women, Tatjana Mannima (18.104.22.168) became the winner of the Tartu Maraton for the third time. He was followed by Piret Pärnik (+08.03.3) and Reeda Tuula-Fjodorov (+08.53).
"I liked the course, except the end, where it got very difficult. It was also good to ski with men, "said Mannima, the first woman to cross the finish line.
A total of 3477 ski fans started on the main races today. 2510 went for the longer 63km distance and 967 for the shorter 31km distance.
For the first time in Tartu Maraton history there is also a virtual race option and it is available until 14th of March.
The next event in the Tartu Maraton Cube 2021 series is the 39th Tartu Forest Marathon (running), which takes place on the 9th of May.