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SEB Tallinn Marathon will increase the number of foreign visitors

03.10.2016

During the period from 2016 to 2018, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) will be supporting the organisation of SEB Tallinn Marathon, Estonia’s biggest community sports event, with two hundred thousand euros from the European Regional Development Fund’s resources under the international major events measure.

This support is aimed to raise awareness of Estonia as a scene for major events, boosting the sustainability of major events, and to increase the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in Estonian accommodation establishments. With the help of the funds from EAS, the organisers are pursuing the goal of increasing the total number of nights spent in Estonians accommodation establishments by foreign visitors in connection with SEB Tallinn Marathon in the years 2016-2018 to at least 25,500 single nights. A total of 18,781 amateur exercisers participated in this year’s largest international marathon run in the Baltic states and Estonia’s biggest community sports event. SEB Tallinn Marathon, which for the first time involved a three-day programme and took place on renewed courses, brought to Estonia a record-breaking number of foreigners. This year, 2168 running tourists from as much as 54 European countries took part in various distances in Tallinn. Most participants were from Finland, Russia, Latvia, Great Britain and Germany. All the continents except for the Antarctic were represented.

The SEB Tallinn Marathon to take place in 2018 that marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Republic of Estonia anticipates the participation of already five thousand foreigners, and to involve them, active cooperation is done with the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) as well as with several organisers of international marathon runs and tourism enterprises.

 

In 2017, SEB Tallinn Marathon will take place on 8.-10. September. Registration for Estonia’s largest community sports event at bargain prices has already started.

This year’s Tallinna Marathon was the long-distance running event with highest level that is ever held in Estonia.

 

Race records were set in women’s marathon and men’s and women’s half-marathon.

The six best men on the marathon course came from Kenya. From men, the first place went to Josphat Letinga, time 2:12.42, second to Bernard Cheruiyot Sang, time 2:13.47, and third to Joseph Kyengo Munywoki, time 2:14.09. The fourth place in the highly competitive event went to Bernard Kitur (2:14.39), fifth to Moses Mbugua Gaikariga (2:15.57) and sixth to Magut Robert Kimaru (2:20.18). Never before have the first five Tallinna Maraton finishers finished under 2 hours and 16 minutes. The Estonian marathon champion title went to Raido Mitt who made his marathon debut with time 2 hours 26 minutes and 52 seconds. Estonian championships silver went to Raivo Alla (2:27.11) and bronze to Rauno Jallai (2:30.19).