From August 13-14, 2011 SEB 5th Tartu Rulluisumaraton takes place in Estonia. During the years the biggest Inline Skating Marathon in the Eastern Europe has become a two-day family event with good spirit. This year the organizers expect both national and international participants, altogether approximately 2000 top athletes as well as amateurs, grown-ups and children, to test their skating skills, informed BC Kristina Hallik, representative of Tartu Rulluisumaraton.
There are several renewals this year. „Compared to the previous years the competition distances have grown longer – skaters can choose between 42 km and 21 km race. This change takes us to the same level with the other marathons held all around the world,“ marked Kunnar Karu, Race Director of SEB 5th Tartu Rulluisumaraton. „In addition we have a skate sprint competition held for the first time. This offers an exciting competition for the participants and also a fascinating spectacular for those who have just come to enjoy the sprint“ he adds.
Tartu Rulluisumaraton starts on August 13th, when the children races and the sprint competitions are held. The main distances wait for the participants on August 14th. The registration to the race is opened up to August 12th. Reduced participation fee is offered up to July 22nd.
The very first Tartu Rulluisumaraton was held in 2007. Over the years the event has gained popularity, already the second marathon in 2008 was taken part by more than 1000 sports lovers. There are also several VIP persons participated the race, for example Estonian First Lady Mrs Evelin Ilves and Prime Minister Mr Andrus Ansip, both in 2010.