Tartu marathon surprises with new distances
Photo: Tarmo Haud
On the 35th Tartu Jooksumaraton in May, all the sport-lovers will have an opportunity to choose a shorter distance of 5 kilometers. The Rattamaraton's program, held in September, will also be renewed.
Race director Indrek Kelk said that this year the focus is more on the youngsters. "All young people who do not qualify for the children's events anymore due to the age and for whom 10 kilometers is too long distance are welcome to participate the 5 kilometer long run. We also thought about seniors and people who simply do not want to run the longer distance. So there will be something for everyone," said Kelk.
Kelk said that the new distances will be added to the other competitions as well. "September's Rattamaraton's program will be richer of 21 kilometer long race that could be suitable for those who do not want to ride the longer distance. Our main focus is currently on youngsters, so there might be a chance that Linnamaraton will also receive a new shorter distance," added Kelk.
The distance of 5 kilometers does not belong to the Tartu Maraton's Cube series, so points will not be given for accomplishing the run. However, the new 21 kilometer long distance in Rattamaraton is a part of the Cube series.
The 35th Tartu Jooksumaraton will take place on 7th of May, 2017. In addition to the 5 kilometers long run, 10 and 21 kilometer long competitions and Nordic walk will be held as usual. The start of the 23 kilometer long run is in Otepää and finish in Elva. 10 and 5 kilometers long distances start and finish in Elva. Nordic walkers are awaited to participate in all the distances. More information and program HERE.
The Jooksumaraton is preceded by the children's events held on 6th of May at the Tähtvere Sports Park in Tartu, where children irrespective of age can run 400 meters to 2 kilometers long distances. Children's runs will also be held on Sunday, 7th of May in Otepää and Elva. More information HERE.