University of Tartu Spring Run

University of Tartu Spring Run

Wednesday, 19th April 2023 at 19.00

Distance: 5 km

The five-kilometre University of Tartu Spring Run and the University of Tartu Spring Walk start on 19 April at 19:00 next to the university’s sports hall, where also the race centre is located. The finish closes at 20:30. 

The University of Tartu Spring Run and Walk aims to promote healthy lifestyles, emphasise the link between mental health and physical activity, and provide enjoyment of outdoor activity for all sports enthusiasts. In addition, the event aims to raise awareness of Tartu’s network of pedestrian and cycling paths and to encourage people to notice their surroundings and sights. Participants can cover the distance at their own pace.

The organisers encourage the members of the University of Tartu and other higher education institutions to enjoy getting some exercise together. Besides the overall standings, the Spring Run will determine the fastest students in the students’ championship as well as the fastest higher education institution. Winners will receive prizes, and there will be raffle prizes and an entertainment programme. The Spring Walk is not a competition to determine the winner but a recreational health and fitness event.

Runners and walkers start next to the University of Tartu sports hall, pass the University of Tartu Delta Centre and move along the riverbank toward the city centre. A right turn onto the Kaarsild offers a beautiful view of Tartu Town Hall Square, and another right turn takes participants onto the other bank of the river Emajõgi. Following the pedestrian and cycle track, participants arrive at the Supilinna pond. The course goes around the pond and turns back towards the sports hall along Oa street. After crossing Marja street, the route passes the Supilinna swing and returns to the pedestrian and cycle path on the bank of the river. Turning left at the Kroonuaia bridge, participants cross the bridge and turn left again to finish next to the University of Tartu sports hall.

You can register for the run and walk in the Sportos environment by filling in the registration form and paying the participation fee. The registration will be completed after the fee has been paid. 

Note! To be included in the ranking of higher education institutions, please write the name of your university in the corresponding field when registering. You must also fill in all the required fields to participate in the students’ championship.

Note! To pick up their race numbers before the event, participants who have registered at the discounted rate must present their ID card, student card or employee ID card to prove their eligibility for the discount. Participants who cannot prove the basis for the discount must pay the difference indicated in the price list.

Numbers will be issued and last-minute registration and re-registration will take place on 19 April from 17:30–19:00 at the race centre.

Re-registration (name change) costs €10.


Until 10 April

11 to 16 April

At the event on 19 April

Run or walk – regular price






Run or walk – discount price*


*The discount applies to participants under 18, over 60, and members of the University of Tartu. To get the discount, members of the University of Tartu must enter the discount code “TÜpere” during the registration (on the page that opens after filling in the contact details). Age-based discount will be applied automatically upon registration based on birth year.

The participation fee includes the following:

Marked and secured course, race number, electronic timing (for runners), luggage service, the opportunity to use the changing rooms and take a shower, medical assistance if needed, sports drink on the course and at the finish, and catering. Prizes for the fastest finishers, raffle prizes and an entertainment programme.


All runners born in 2011 and earlier who are fit enough to run this distance can participate in the Spring Run.

The six fastest male and female runners in absolute terms will be rewarded with prizes. The three fastest in each age group will get a souvenir. Age groups: N18/M18 (born in 2005 and younger), N45+/M45+ (born in 1977 and older)

A travelling trophy will be awarded to the fastest higher education institution. The fastest higher education institution will be determined by adding the times of the five fastest men and the five fastest women from each higher education institution.

In cooperation with the Estonian Academic Sports Federation, the Spring Run will also determine the three fastest male and female students. The winner will get a souvenir and the title of the Estonian student champion; the second and third place will be awarded a souvenir.

The fastest male and female students of the University of Tartu will receive a special prize. The faculty of the University of Tartu with the most participants will also be determined.

The prizes can be collected within 14 calendar days after the event (except for perishable products).

  • Participants must have their race number attached to their chest in its original size (the number must not be folded). If the race number is not attached correctly, the organisers are not responsible for the correct recording of the result.
  • Participants are responsible for their health. The organisers of the University of Tartu Spring Run are not responsible for any damage to the health of the participant or for the breakage or loss of personal property.
  • Lost and found items must be taken to the information desk.
  • Medical assistance will be provided to the participants on the course and in the race centre.
  • The roads will be partially open to traffic. Participants must obey traffic rules, road signs and signals from traffic controllers. 
  • Competitors will be disqualified if they use unauthorised aid (moving by car, bicycle, scooter or other means of transport) or litter (based on a photo or video record). Litter can be discarded in the corresponding bin at the drinking point and the race centre or other designated collection bins on the course.
  • The participation fee will not be refunded if the event must be cancelled due to force majeure. In the event of the participant’s withdrawal, the participation fee will not be refunded.
  • Protests must be lodged following the race regulations within two hours of the winner’s finish. The protest fee is €50, which will be refunded only if the protest is upheld. Protests and any problems not covered in the regulations will be settled by the organising team of the University of Tartu Spring Run. 


The event is organised by the University of Tartu Sports Board (spordiesindus), the University of Tartu Academic Sports Club, the University of Tartu, the University of Tartu Student Union and the Estonian Academic Sports Federation. 

The main organiser of the event is Janelle Uibokand.

Further information and questions: or +372 553 4445.