The organization committee of the Tartu Maraton
decided today, on February 10th that the 43rd Tartu Maraton, planned to
take place on February 16th, is cancelled due to lack of snow. The
children’s races, planned to take place on February
15th, will be postponed until better snow conditions.
“This morning, the organizers went to see the Otepää-Elva track damaged by the weekend’s rainfalls and though, few days back the track was partly skiable with old skis, today the snowy track was replaced in several parts with soil,” said the Tartu Maraton’s race director Indrek Kelk.
Few weeks back, the organizers also started to work on a back-up plan, which involved the course being moved to a frozen lake Võrtsjärve. There the marathon would have been on a lowland and 50 km long. “Today, the lake is covered with water and making a skiing track on it is impossible,” said Kelk.
“As the weather forecasts promise for the next few days continually warm temperatures and rain, it is unrealistic to have any skiing tracks for the upcoming weekend,” he added.
The 43rd Tartu Maraton opening events took place past weekend at Alutaguse Recreational and Sports Centre in North-East Estonia. Despite the rain and thaw, the 3rd Tartu Team Relay, Open Track races and the 13th Tervis Pluss Tartu Maraton Ladies’ Race were organized successfully.
Photo: Peeter Liik