European Sauna Marathon in Estonian Winter Capital

28. January 2013

European Sauna Marathon will take place on 10th February 2013 in Estonian Winter Capital Otepää. Participants have to visit all the saunas in the Otepää area as fast as possible.

The organizer of the event and the head of Otepää Cultural Centre, Sirje Ginter, said that sauna marathon will be held for the fourth time already.  The number of participants – 449 sauna friends participated last year – shows great interest in this event.  Best saunas as voted by participants were Sokka sauna, Cantervilla Castle sauna and Metsatu sauna. European Sauna marathon in Otepää was elected as one of the best tourism events in Valga County.

The race will start at 12.00-13.00 p.m. in Pühajärve Spa & Holiday Resort (Otepää, Pühajärve). Marathon will finish at Nuustaku pub (Nüpli village, Otepää) at 18.00 p.m, the awarding ceremony will also take place in Nuustaku pub.
There are some changes to the rules this year. „Teams may have up to 4 members. Awards will be given only to 4-membered teams,“ explained Sirje Ginter. „Each team will get an orienteering map showing the locations of the saunas and the competition guide. All team members must be in a sauna for at least 3 minutes.“

As a bonus, there are ice holes, plunge pools and other attractions and entertainment provided by sauna owners. When entering a sauna, every team must give their sauna chart to the owner of the sauna. The sauna owner confirms that the team members completed the sauna by marking their sauna chart. The winner will be the team which completed all  of the saunas in the shortest time.
The sauna chart will be returned at the finish line. All participants have to sign a form confirming that their health allows them to participate in the event. The police will take care of the participants’ safety.  After the competition, participants can choose the best sauna.

Pre-registration is required to participate in European Sauna Marathon. Teams can register until 9th of February 2013 via e-mail   Under-aged participants cannot attend without the supervising adults. Please include in your email your team’s name and participants’ names.

European Sauna Marathon is organized by Otepää Cultural Center, Pühajärve Spa&Holiday Resort, Nuustaku pub and saunaowners of Otepää.

NB! Please read the rules!!!

Sauna orienteering is a fun and refreshing form of recreation, so bring your friends and give it a try!