Otepää Sauna Marathon
Location: Otepää (Estonia), Kääriku Spordikeskus
Dates: 02 February 2019
This sauna marathon sees registered teams attempting to experience as many of the saunas in and around Otepää as possible over a period of 6 hours. The start is at midday, with teams being given orienteering maps. All of the members of a team must be in each sauna for at least 3 minutes, with bonus points for dips in ice holes and cold water pools and use of other attractions provided by the sauna owners. The team that visits all of the saunas in the shortest time wins, with awards presented to them with the sauna owners at Kääriku Sport Centre. Bring your friends and join in on the fun!
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Estonia’s ‘winter capital’ is the small town of Otepää, 44 kilometres south of Tartu, home to the Estonian Winter Olympic gold medallists Kristina Šmigun and Andrus Veerpalu. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on marked trails and in the summer the area is popular for hiking, biking and swimming. For a fun couple of hours the Otepää Adventure Park, located at Tehvandi sports centre has fiveroutes of varying height and difficulty comprising of suspended log walks, rope ladders, tightropes and suspension bridges. A stone’s throw from Otepää is Pühajärv lake, which many consider to be Estonia’s most beautiful, notably for its charming small wooded islands. Not far from Otepää, discover the Suur Munamägi. Big Egg Hill (Suur Munamägi), rising 318 metres above sea level, is the highest point in the Baltics. On the world scale, it is not very high, but by Estonian standards it’s almost a mountain! The 30-metre high observation tower at the top has an amazing view stretching 50 kilometres in all directions.