The children's races of Tartu City Marathon take place right in the heart of Tartu


Photo from the children's race in 2020. Photographer: Adam Illingworth.

The children's races of Tartu City Marathon take place on October 2nd between the starts of full marathon and half marathon. Children run the jubilee year's race in the heart of Tartu.

Last year's children's races were located away from the marathon because of COVID restrictions. Oliver Kivimäe, the project manager of the Club Tartu Marathon is happy that this year the children's races are back in the city center. "Luckily this time it is possible to hold the children's races in the heart of Tartu as they have been from the start. Children start the run at Vabaduse puiestee and finish the race on red carpet at the Town Hall Square just like marathoners" Kivimäe explains. Every child will get a medal and prizes at the finish.

Children can choose between two running distances of 450 and 900 meters. It is strongly recommended to register the participant online. "We kindly ask everyone coming to the event to register online in order prevent long queues in the morning before the start" says Kivimäe. The participation fee is 3 euros. Online registration is open until September 30th.

Competition numbers can be collected on Friday, October 1st from 12 am at the Race Centre on Town Hall Square (Covid certification is mandatory) or on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 am at the start of the children's races on Vabaduse puiestee. It is also possible to register your participation at the Race Centre on Friday and Saturday. More information can be found from here.

Adults who wish to accompany children on the track must show a valid Covid certificate when entering the start corridor. In case of no existing certificate, antigen test can be taken for 8 euros in the City Marathon testing station on the corner of Magistri str and Town Hall Square. The testing starts from 7.30 am on October 2nd. In addition it is important to register the children at Tartu Marathon's website. 

The children's races can also be completed virtually on your chosen track and day until October 10th. The finishers of the virtual race will receive their medals via postal service. Additionally it is possible to print out the starting number and diploma from Tartu Marathon's homepage.

Additional information regarding the children's races can be found here.