Initially, the track stretched from Tartu to Kääriku, partially on the river ice of Emajõgi. For years the marathon's start was given in Matu (in Aakre) with the finish in Elva. Nowadays, the full 63 km marathon track stretches from Otepää to Elva.
The event is part of the Worldloppet series, and places itself among the biggest ski races in the world with nearly 10,000 participants.
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