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Fondness for sports from the Tartu marathon


As every year, backed by the non-profit association SEB Heategevusfond, children from shelters and substitute homes all over Estonia participated in this year’s snow-blessed Tartu Marathon Each participant was gifted a shirt and gloves and, as customary, after sports efforts and a hearty meal, everyone relaxed at the Aura water park. Those interested were also given a chance to take a tour at the Upside Down House.

Each child could pick a distance that they felt matched their skills best. It was not the first time for many to participate so they were fully aware of what was in store for them. However, there were also lots of novices to the sports fest.

A record number of children from one shelter participated in the Tartu marathon this year. Skiing turned out to be harder than they had anticipated – there was this especially challenging ascent; however, the much-awaited visit to the water park gave strength to battle on! And after the finish, these young skiers were overwhelmingly happy.

At the Aura water park, everybody had some really good time. Children could play water basketball and enjoy the sauna and bubble baths. Those interested made a trip to the Upside Down House.
During follow-up, it was agreed that if you try hard and give your best, then you feel really great afterwards. Back at home, the children excitedly demonstrated their medals and shared the events of the day. It is good to know that wherever these children end up, they will be able to reminiscence about their participation in the Tartu marathon. Hopefully, many of them will grow up liking sports!

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