European Sauna Marathon in Estonian Winter Capital

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 news.


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 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.

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