MARATHON ROUTE DESCRIPTION
Tampere Countryside Marathon’s route meanders through the idyllic Näsijärvi bay and the only inland fjord in the Nordic countries, around Paarlahti.
The route leaves from near the Viitaniemi Farm in Viitapohja, Teisko and continues along a dirt track towards Kaakkolammi. The journey continues for approximately a kilometre along Pikitie but will reach a gravel track on the northern side of Pulesjärvi, which continues through Pohtola village back to Paarlahti beach in Vattula village.
The route will reach Pikitie at Vattula, where the journey will continue through Kämmenniemi and over the stone arch of Aunes bridge for around 10 kilometres until Padustaipaleentie. From here, the route continues on a forest dirt track through Kulkkila and Toriseva until Paarlahdentie.
The route continues from Paarlahdentie to Siltasavo road, which continues north and turns right onto Myllymaa road for a few kilometres before turning right again onto Hankajärventie up to Peräpohjantie.
We are again behind Viitapohja and the run’s final kilometres begin. Peräpohja road continues towards Sitko-oja dell, which turns right onto Viitapohjantie. The final straight opens up to rugged field and lake views, which will likely give a tired body the final spurt to reach the finish line.
The finish line is located near the starting line on Viitaniemi land.
HALF MARATHON ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The route leaves from the same place as the marathon, near the Viitaniemi Farm in Viitapohja in Teisko. The route leaves on a dirt road towards Kaakkolammi. The route continues from here for around 1 kilometre along Pikitie but will travel along a gravel road on the northern side of Pulesjärvi, which continues through Pohtola village back to Paarlahti beach in Vattula village. From Vattula, the route will enter Pikitie and turn back onto Viitapohjantie towards Pohtola village. From Pohtola, the route will turn back onto Pitkälahdentie, which we were on earlier, and return to the beginning of the route in reverse. The finish line is near the starting area. Just under half of the route is sand and gravel.
MILL RACE ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The starting area for the 12 kilometre Mill Race is in the same place as the Marathon and Half Marathon, near the Viitaniemi Farm. The route takes dirt roads towards Kaakkolammi. The route continues from here for around a kilometre along Pikitie and back to gravel roads which lead to Pohtola village via the north side of Pulesjärvi. From here, we will turn to Viitapohja road and head back to Viitapohja, around 5 kilometres through varying countryside scenery. The finishing line is situated near the Viitaniemi Farm. Over half of the route is soft dirt and gravel roads.