Sweden's Elin Ek and Jerry Ahrlin extended their leads in the overall classification of the FIS Marathon Cup after taking wins in the 4th stage at Estonia's 63km Tartu Marathon last weekend.
Due to the challenging snow situation, the event had been in question for a long while but thanks to the hard work by the course crew and many volunteers, the track was made skiable. The mixed snow that had seen warm and cold temperatures was fast and both Ahrlin and Ek broke the course records, finishing in 2:42:27 and 3:07:03, respectively.
Over 4,700 competitors took part in the competition. It was the first time that the race was covered by live TV transmission, produced by Estonian TV with the help of two helicopters and several ski-doos in addition to still cameras.
Only two stages remain in the Cup, but the competitors still have to cover 132km – 90km in classical and 42km in the free technique – before the finish line at Schanf in Switzerland's Engadin Valley on 11th March. The next stage is Sweden's renowned Vasaloppet, the world's largest ski race with over 15,000 participants for the 90km competition, which runs from Salen to Mora on 4th March.