TOP running events of summer and fall

Source: Magnus Heinmets

TOP running events of summer and fall

Calling all running addicts! Summer and fall in Estonia are an ideal time to run a marathon or shorter race – the temperatures are mild, the air is fresh and steep hills are few and far between. Combine a holiday in different parts of the country, from Tallinn or Tartu to the island of Saaremaa, with a running event. Tracks take you by the Baltic seaside, into the heart of charming medieval towns and through the autumnal countryside. Give yourself a reason to stay active this fall and a trip to look forward to!

Narva Running Series

Throughout Estonia

04.07.2020 - 19.09.2020

Anyone who is interested in sports and exercise can participate in the Narva Running Series. The stages of the running series take place in Narva and Narva-Jõesuu. Competitions take place on weekends as well as on weekdays, depending on the stage. You can take part in running (also without time measurement), Nordic walking, or walking. At each stage, there will be a children’s run of 300–1,000 m where each participant will receive a sweet prize at the finish.

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Grand Race around Lake Viljandi

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

01.08.2020 - 01.08.2020

This event, one of the biggest on the sports calendar in Viljandi County and a symbol of the continuity of sporting life in the region, is popular among runners throughout the country. It offers a stunning course with diverse scenery that makes the fun run even more memorable. Over the years the race has attracted some of Estonia's very best runners. Competitors must complete a circuit of Lake Viljandi - choosing their own route around it. An enjoyable springtime event, it is eagerly awaited every year.

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Viking Line Night Run Estonia

Lääne-Viru maakond, Rakvere

26.09.2020 - 26.09.2020

ight Run Estonia is the most distinguished running event in the Baltic region. A running festival which focuses on the experience itself and simply exercising, not the result. The aim of the series is to promote regular physical exercise in the Viru County region and provide motivational opportunities for this. It is possible to register separately for each event or as part of the series.

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Ultima Thule Marathon in Kuressaare

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

22.08.2020 - 22.08.2020

The author behind the idea of organising an Ultima Thule Marathon is Rasmus Kagge. In December 2015, he proposed the idea at the development conference of Saare County 'Ultima Thule – everything is possible at the edge of the world'. Madis Kallas, Mayor of Kuressaare, took note and now, Saare County is holding its very own marathon. Three distances are offered for sports enthusiasts: a marathon (42.195 km), a half marathon (21.1 km), and 10 km run. In addition, walkers, Nordic walkers, and people with prams and strollers are also welcome.

Jüri Jaanson Two Bridges Run

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

05.09.2020 - 06.09.2020

The Two Bridges Run named after rowing legend Jüri Jaanson is probably Pärnu's most famous public amateur sporting event. Every year since 2001 sports enthusiasts have gathered in Pärnu in the beginning of September to run or walk the 10 km course along the Pärnu River.  There is plenty to do for the whole family. The programme includes the run, walk and Nordic walk, wheelchair ride, children's races and the sports market. 

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Tallinn Marathon

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

11.09.2020 - 13.09.2020

Compared to the big cities of the world, Tallinn is tiny, but Tallinn Marathon makes up for this just fine. Tallinn Marathon introduces our beautiful capital to our guests as the route is attractive and runs through different areas. Nearly twenty thousand runners from more than fifty countries participate each year. The competition centre is located on Freedom Square. The festival lasts for three days and it is possible to participate in different runs: marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, or 5 km. There are also children's races.  

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Tartu City Marathon

Throughout Estonia

02.10.2020 - 03.10.2020

Tartu City Marathon track, which runs on the streets of the historical university town, has been considered as the most exciting marathon courses in Estonia. The following distances are opened: marathon (42 km), half-marathon (21 km) as well as 10 km. On the 10 km distances also the Nordic Walkers are warmly welcome. In addition, special children races and a cool Friday Night Run await to hit the track.

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Viking Window Paide – Türi public race

Järva maakond, Paide linn

27.09.2020 - 27.09.2020

A popular public sporting event, taking place for the 39th time. It is possible to run different distances and take part in various competitions of varying degrees of difficulty. To learn more about your favorite distance, go to the competition website.

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Saaremaa Three-Day Race

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

16.10.2020 - 18.10.2020

The first Saaremaa three-day race was held in 1974, when the distances for women were shorter than those for men. Soon after, all competitors ran the same distance. Now, there is also a race for young participants. A total of nearly 2,000 runners have finished the race at this international event. In the course of three days, contestants run a marathon of 42.195 km. The races on the first and last day will take place in Kuressaare where the tracks are located in the midst of the junipers of Roomassaare as well as the historical buildings in the city centre. The race on the second day is a bit different, as it takes place on the Sõrve Peninsula.

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Last updated : 23.04.2020

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