This year SEB Marathon will boast a three-day program and a heartily updated track. The route will take participants through unique areas of the city – from the city centre and Kadriorg park to Pirita, as well as around the Port of Tallinn and through the Old Town. A total of about twenty thousand runners take part in various distances; the participants usually come from about 50 different countries. Last year, the grand sports event welcomed a total of 19,559 recreational athletes from as many as 49 countries.
The introductory event on Friday, September 9th, is a five-kilometer We Run Tallinn which leads participants from Freedom Square to the Old Town through city streets and park alleys, onwards to Town Hall Square, and back to the starting point via Harju Street.
On Saturday, September 10th, participants will compete on the all-new and exciting track of the – a ever-popular ten-kilometer race that starts on Pärnu Maantee next to Freedom Square. For the first time ever, the 10-kilometer track will lead runners, walkers, and Nordic walkers to the freshly rejuvenated bohemian Kalamaja district, passing by the Seaplane Harbor, Noblessner Foundry, Patarei Prison, the Fishing Harbor, and even the Creative Hub itself. The last few kilometers run past the luxurious Rotermann City and bring the participants via Tallinn’s future main street to the finish line on Freedom Square.
Sunday, September 11th, is a traditional marathon day. The full marathon and half marathon track, also significantly updated, runs along the lines of the old track but in a reverse direction. The start line is situated on Kaarli Puiestee and leads to Toompuiestee. The race route runs along the perimeter of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passes through the contemporary City Center, and winds along Pirita Tee with its gorgeous vistas. The updated track is considerably more runner friendly as the extended ascent just before the finish line, the cobblestone stretch in the Old Town, walkways in Schnelli Park and the precipitous race bridge across Nunne Street will have to be surmounted no more. Marathon runners undertake two laps while half marathon participants have to tackle one lap. All those that finish the marathon or half marathon receive a nice medal with all-new design!
To register for different distances at SEB Tallinn Marathon go to www.jooks.ee.