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is a 101 km winter ultra endurance race mostly in darkness through south Estonia’s forests & bogs that runs on snowy/icy/muddy small roads & rough trails. There is also an option to participate in a shorter 54km “pehmo” version of the race or extend the endurance experience with extra 25km finish loop “Sõge sõõr”.
Courses are visible and GPX downloadable in Plotaroute: https://www.plotaroute.com/routecollection/13570?units=km
NB! courses can change little in detail, this is preliminary!
Main race course is a 101km long journey and is partly marked. Route runs mostly on marked hiking trails, but sections of it are not marked and participants must navigate the course themselves with GPS device or map. Race can be done either on foot, on skis or by bike. Racers must follow the race course and they are not allowed to do shortcuts. When travelling on open roads traffic law must be followed. Sun sets around 4PM and light fades about 5PM so a big portion of the race course will be completed in darkness! Race course can be relatively easy (road) or extremely tough at times – this means there can be narrow overgrown tracks, abundance of fallen trees, muddy forest machine tracks, wet swamp, ditches or no trail at all. This course will definitely challenge all participants and will feel really uncomfortable at times. The concept of the race is, that course is in it’s natural condition and must be tackled as it is, as nature has left it at race day/night. This can mean thick snow or deep overflowing river crossings etc or be very easy without any hindrance.
Kurgjärve sport base, Haanja, Võrumaa. https://maps.app.goo.gl/vtB62iVtxow8ehJ76
Vasekoja holiday center
Participants should arrive to race center with own transport. Two possible places to fly in to – Tallinn, Estonia (TLL) or Riga, Latvia (RIX)
Then best way is to rent a CAR to drive to Haanja.
If you fly to Tallinn it’s possible to get to race center by public transport – BUS  (https://www.tpilet.ee/en/).
Accommodation booking is primarily for participants, but also for family members, and is done through the registration form.
NB! Accommodation is only sold as a full board-package from Friday evening to Sunday noon, which also includes up to six meals! The food is homemade and delicious!
There are different kinds of accommodation packages
1) spartan camp rooms with bunk beds CHEAP – 65 euros/person
2) more private and smaller rooms – AVERAGE – 75 euros/person
3) Comfortable hotel rooms – EXPENSIVE – 85 euros/person.
You can see the pictures: http://nommesk.ee/Pilte_Kurgjarve_sportibaasist_770
Those who book accommodation will receive a link to the table through which you can reserve a specific room! When registering just choose how many places you need. Then after you receive confirmation you can reserv a room and bed.
101km start at Kurgjärve sport base
54km “Pehmo” start close to Midcamp & RMK Make camp site https://maps.app.goo.gl/qte42e8RumnXbSvM6
Friday 12. January 2024
– 19.00-22.00 race center open
Saturday 13. January 2024
– 8.00 race center open
– 11.00 START 101km MAIN COURSE in race center
– 11.10 special busses & bike transport leave for “Pehmo” 54km start
– 12.00 “Pehmo” 54km START  – location close to https://maps.app.goo.gl/zkSQHRTXFS2USgMi7
– 21.00 Midcamp closes
Finish will be closed on Sunday, 14. january, 2024 at 11:00.
You can also come to “Pehmo” start with own transport (have somebody drop you off), but remember – THERE IS NO ORGANISED TRANSPORT BACK TO START FROM FINISH AFTER RACE.
Registration starts 15.10.2023 and closes 08.01.2024
Participation fee is for runners, skiers and bikers until 30.11.2023.a. 48 eur. 01.12-31.12.2023 58 eur and after 01.01.2024 73 eur.
There is a possibility to do a soft-core version of the race – half of the main distance. All conditions are the same as long race, just shorter and more daytime.
Persons who wish to extend their endurance experience can do an extra 25km loop close to the end of main 101km course. All conditions for racing are the same. Participants will have results in both result lists 101km/126km, but for ITRA points/statistics runners need to choose only one distance that will count.
– bus transport from finish to start (“Pehmo” course)
– race maps
– race number
– personal GPS tracking by Sportrec
– food & facilities in the finish.
– finisher prize and diploma
– In midcamp checkpoint: warm meal, snacks and warm drink.
– transport & storage of one bag per participant from start to finish.
– floor sleeping in finish
– free photos of the event
Anybody who wants to participate in this race, must have the common sense to familiarize oneself about all the needs to face a competition like that. Racers must be self-sufficient and have the ability to take care of themselves. This race is potentially a dangerous one, participants have to really seriously consider if they are physically and mentally prepared for this kind of endurance and mental challenge.
– Racers must be a minimum of 18 years old. “Pehmo” course accepts also younger persons if they have adult with them on course.
– Race is limited to 300 participants altogether.
– Racers can choose to participate by running, (fat)-bike or ski, but you must finish in your chosen discipline.
– Racers must have previous experience in ultra racing (ultrarunning, adventure race, rogaining)
The race director reserves the right to refuse entry to any racer not experienced enough.
In case a participant cancels the registration til 22.12.2023 half of the race fee will be returned.
In case a participant cancels the registration from 23.12.2023, there will be no refunds.
Entry can be transferred to another approved racer until 31.12.2023.
The race may be canceled before or after the start in case of extreme weather conditions that make it extremely dangerous or impossible. In case that organisation cancels the race before it begins, the registration fee will be refunded proportionally to service received. In case the organization cancels the race after it starts for extreme conditions, there will be no refunds.
All finishers will get a race specific prize and diploma. During the course you will go through checkpoints where you collect medallions that will make up your finisher medal.
Timing will be done by Sportrec GPS device – just carry it with you through the course. You need to pass within 5m of control point sign to register passing.
Maximum time allowed to complete the race is 24 hours (by 11:00 h. January 14, 2024). Any participant who is unable to complete the race in this time will be disqualified.
Cut-off time at midcamp will be 10h from start (participants must leave midcamp by 13. january 21.00).
Pre Race meeting is suggested for all participants. Pre Race meeting takes place virtually on 12th of January 19.00 in event FB.
Racers must carry all mandatory gear throughout the entire race from beginning to end and finish it with it (excl food). Any racer who does not have the appropriate mandatory gear is not allowed to participate. Any racer who does not finish with the mandatory gear will be disqualified. You must be ready to show the mandatory gear to Race officials at any time during the race.
1- Sleeping bag or Bivy bag min. 250gr or insulated jacket (puffy).
2- Sleeping pad full body length (foam mattres, bubblewrap or similar).
3- Emergency foil blanket
4 – Fire starting device to build emergency fire for warmth
All above gear is necessary for emergency situations to increase the chances of survival in harsh conditions. When static a person will cool down rapidly, but help might be hours away.
5- Headlamp with enough batteries.
6- Rear red flashing lamp with enough batteries.
7- Reflective patches on clothing front and back.
8- Whistle.
9 – Phone (switched on) + extra battery pack
All above gear is important to be visible on course and be locatable in emergency situation.
10 – GPS device with saved route. Special GPS device or GPS watch with track following function is suggested. Smartphone+ extra battery is accepted, but not a good choice in case of rain or minus degrees.
11 – Water container(s) capacity at least 1,5l
12 – Food min 1500 kcalories (750kcal for “pehmo”)
13 – GPS tracking device provided by organisation
1- Waterproof socks or overshoes (there can be water on the course even when freezing/snow).
2- Footwear with good grip and suitable for temperatures 0ºC to -30ºC
3- Spare thermal underwear.
4- Full wind/waterproof jacket and pants (Goretex or similar).
5- Extra gloves (cover mittens suggested).
6- Insulation for water container.
7- Tape, vaseline for blisters.
Reflective gear is mandatory for all racers. Reflective material must be worn at all time and be visible in front and back. The rear red flashing light and front light must be ON when travelling on roads. In case of sleeping between checkpoints the red flashing light must be ON and visible from course.
The Race number is mandatory for all racers. On bikes it must be attached at the front, on foot/ski racer visibly in front or back.
No littering the trail! Leave no trace except footsteps. You have to carry everything you start with until the finish. Trash can be disposed also in midcamp. Do not defecate on race trail. Get off the trail for it and return to same spot to continue.
This is a human powered race, racers must be self sufficient from start to finish. Any outside help by a support crew, motorized transport, animals etc – assistance to advance on the trail is not allowed. Racers will be disqualified if, at any time during the race, they have any outside help. There is a possibility to do the course just for experience without being part of the official race – for instance use electric bike or other help. This must be confirmed with race director before and clear to all other racers that you are unofficial participant.
All racers must physically sign-in and sign-out at the race midcamp checkpoint marked on map. Hot drink and snacks are provided. Midcamp does not have warm indoor facilities! There is a toilet.
All racers must adhere to the cut-off time which is 10h from start opening (participants must leave midcamp by 13. january 21).
Pehmo course time limit 10h from start.
Evacuations from course are at racer’s expense. When not an acute medical issue, evacuation cost by car from race course is 20 eur and can be done only from a part of race course that is on drivable road. All racers must inform the race director if they leave the course and will not go to finish.
Rescue will be only in case of accident or acute medical issue. In case that needs rescue the participant should call emergency services phone 112 first and then inform race organization.
All participants will be tracked live and their location published in the internet by Sportrec tracking device. All personal units for navigation, tracking or emergency position are allowed. Usually there is phone coverage throughout the race course. It is allowed to use your com devices to report on your progress during the race.
REGISTRATION PROCEDURE (registration link: https://eventor.ee/taliharja)
Step 1:
– Fill in the form with all the information requested, tick that you have read the race rules.
Step 2:
Once we receive your form, we will send you a confirmation e-mail telling that you passed the selection process and our bank transfer details.
Step 3:
Pay participation fee in EUR by wire transfer (must include transfer fees)- and your registration procedure is completed. Now your name is in the roster.

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