In exactly one month, on 8th September, the largest public sports event in Estonia, the SEB Tallinn Marathon will kick off. The running competition that this year marks its 14th year welcomes both professional and recreational athletes who can put themselves to the test at a marathon, semi-marathon and a 10-kilometre running and walking distance (including Nordic walking).
In 2012, a record number of 18,749 athletes from 37 countries took off at the starting line of the SEB Tallinn Marathon distances. “Today, on 8th August, more than 9,000 running enthusiasts and recreational athletes have registered for this year’s run, 1,669 of them for the marathon, which promises to increase the attendance number to 20,000 people. Such a significant number of participants would be the biggest in history of public sports in Estonia,” said Mati Lilliallik, the chief organiser of the SEB Tallinn Marathon.
Last year, the double win of the SEB Tallinn Marathon went to Kenya. John Kipkemoi Kirui ran the distance the fastest, his time being 2:15:21. This year will also see several foreign competitors in addition to the top Estonian athletes. As from 8th August, participants from 37 countries have registered, but in total, 50 countries are expected to take part from the run.
“Running enthusiasts have plenty of reasons to get together and celebrate the running party, because in addition to a powerful feeling that the autumn run gives, this year marks 100 years from the first marathon on the territory of Estonia. The fact that marathons were being run here already in 1913, and that today, one hundred years later, sports is still honoured tells us that on top of being a singing nation, we are also a nation of sports,” said Lilliallik, satisfied with the sports habits of Estonians.
The SEB Tallinn Marathon programme dedicated to the 100th year of Estonian marathons begins on 7th September, when the youngest running enthusiasts square off at the Haribo children’s run, taking place on the Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak). The running event continues with the opening ceremony of the SEB Tallinn Marathon, introducing elite competitors and a concert, the opening ceremony is concluded with fireworks.
The marathon distance of the SEB Tallinn Marathon kicks off on 8th September at 9 a.m. Semi-marathon starts at 11:30 a.m., and 10 km distance run and walk at 1:30 p.m. The starting line of the SEB Tallinn Marathon is located near the Drama Theatre on Pärnu Street, the finish line and competition centre are located on the Freedom Square.
Registration for the SEB Tallinn Marathon is open online until 31st August. Registration is open from 4th September to the morning of the competition day in the information and competition centre located in Kaarli parking lot.