Pärnu County Victory Day Marathon, held for the eighth time on June 22nd, invites to celebrate the beginning of the summer with a sporty challenge.
The “blue-black-white” marathon gives a possibility to complete a unique distance as it takes the participants along the important historical monuments and presents beautiful nature of Pärnu County – Pulli Village, the prehistoric settlement Reiu, Reiu-Raeküla pine dune, eye-catching Jaanson’s riverside recreational track, Tallinn Gates, moat, Pärnu beach – and these are just some of the landmarks that make the marathon one of a kind experience. The last kilometres run along the summery Pärnu, finishing next to the Monument to declaring the independence of the Republic of Estonia on Liberty Square.
In addition to the marathon also half marathon (start in Paikuse) and children’s race on Liberty Square will take place.
Pärnu County Victory Day Marathon embodies a special “story” – Pärnu County has strong connections with regaining independence of Estonia. As the marathon’s slogan says, “Fire comes from the roots.” The oldest remaining settlement found on the marathon route is Pulli village and “Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia” was read out aloud on the balcony of the Endla Theatre in Pärnu. This sport event also has a ritual role as each year the flame lit by the President on Victory Day parade derives its strength from the previous day memorial fire lit in Estonian Soldiers Memorial Church in Tori. The flame will be borne by marathon runners along the route to Pärnu.
In 2018 Marathon the Republic of Estonia 100, a special event of Pärnu County Victory Day Marathon, took place and country’s Republic’s birthday was celebrated in a special sporty way. Below is a video summary from that day.