Following this morning's meeting, the organizers of the Tartu Ski Marathon decided to cancel the event planned for February 16 due to lack of snow.
Spokesman Peeter Liik told uudised.err.ee that the main race is canceled and children's event to be held February 15 will be postponed. There was no word on refunds, but forthcoming days should reveal whether those who have paid the participation fee will get a discount next year.
Indrek Kelk, the director of the 63-kilometer marathon from Tartu to Otepää, said that parts of the track have disappeared in the last few days.
The Võrtsjärv lake was considered as an alternative but most of its ice is now covered with water and therefore lso unusable. Since the weather report predicts warm weather and rain for the coming days, it's unrealistic to hope to have a track by the weekend, Kelk said.
A total of 5,430 had registered for the 63 km race by late January.
The first Tartu marathon was held in 1960 and since then has been canceled 12 times, an average during the span of every 4.5 years. The last time the marathon was canceled due to lack of snow was in 2008.