Author: Sirje Ginter
European Sauna Marathon will take place on February
2, 2014 in Estonian Winter Capital Otepää. Participants have to track
down and visit the given saunas in the Otepää area as fast as possible.
European Sauna Marathon will be held for the fifth
time already. The number of participants – 654 sauna friends
participated last year – shows great interest in this event. There were
participants from other countries - from Latvia, Russia, Spain, Italy
and Finland last year. The Sauna Marathon was shown over the world in
The sauna orienteering 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 17.30 p.m, the
awarding ceremony will also take place in Nuustaku pub.„Teams with 4
members who make it to the finish can participate in the award
ceremony,“ explained Sirje Ginter, the organizer of the Sauna Marathon.
„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.“
In order to participate in the Sauna
Marathon a car or other vehicle is needed.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
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 26th of January 2014
via e-mail [email protected]
Under-aged participants cannot attend without the supervising adults.
Please include in your email your team’s name and participants’ names.
The event is free of charge.
European Sauna Marathon is organized by
Otepää Cultural Center, Pühajärve Spa&Holiday Resort, Nuustaku pub
and saunaowners of Otepää.
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