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05/10/2013

Today, on October 5th, the 2nd Tartu City Marathon and Tartu City Run children’s races were held in Tartu, Estonia. Altogether 2144 children took part in it, 1553 of them raced at TILLUraces, meant for the smallest running fans, 591 participated in MINImarathon, meant for the children in school age.

Children’s races were held right in the heart of the city - start was behind the Tartu Town Hall and the course finished in front of it - in Tartu Town Hall Square. Children could choose between three courses: 350, 500 and 850 meters.

This is the second time the Tartu City Marathon and Tartu City Run children’s races take place. Last year the Tartu City Run tradition was restored - for almost 13 there was no such similar race in Tartu city centre. With this tradition back, the children’s races appeared to be extremely popular. It is a unique event as there is no other similar children’s sport event with such a high number of participants organized in the heart of Tartu.

Many children who participated last year, also came to race this year. For example, 6-year-old Marvin felt really good after today’s race. He said that sport is good, because it keeps healthy. “Muscles become strong!” he added and is happy over two medals he has for running. All children who participated received a medal, diploma and some goods.

11-year-old friends Liisi and Hanna enjoy coming to such events because it is a good opportunity to see your friends. “If you sit at home, you can’t be outside and be sportive with your friends. But it so fun!” they said.

Tomorrow, on October 6th, the Tartu Mini Complex Event 2013 season ending will be celebrated in Tartu Lõunakeskus. This complex event is ideal for children to participate in different sports events throughout the whole year.

Photo: Kaimo Puniste