INWA Nordic-Walking World Cup

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General Information

In collaboration with The International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) and Estonian Nordic Walking Federation (EKKL) the Nordic Walking World Cup takes place for the second time in Estonia on 27th August 2022.


Joint with the oldest Nordic Walking marathon in Estonia, with 14th Lahemaa Marathon the World Cup for competitive walkers will be held and fastest walkers will be awarded both in individual and team competition.

Check out the video of previous years 12th Lahemaa Marathon: HERE!

In addition to rules and regulations of 14th Lahemaa Marathon some additional rules and information about INWA Nordic Walking World Cup is presented below!

The World Cup race mass-start for 10 km distance is at 15:00 on Saturday, August 27th at the Kolgaküla Health Center!

Additional requirements for the race

  • Walking sticks/poles are mandatory, mechanical (springs, etc.) walking sticks/poles are not allowed.
  • Meals and drinks (including personal drinking-bottles, energy gels, etc.) are not allowed on the race track.
  • It is not allowed to wear headphones on the track.
  • Footwear with metal clips that improve engagement with the ground are not allowed.

Competition rules for the participants

  • At any moment during the competition, there must not be two feet nor two sticks in the air at the same time.
  • The walking pole must touch the ground during the time when opposite foot is touching the ground.
  • The walking poles must touch the ground further than the foot, except for steep climbs and descents.
  • Bodyweight must not be abnormally lowered during walking.
  • Hands with the walking sticks must have the range of motion at least to one's hip.
  • The walking poles must be used throughout the whole distance, except in service points.
  • The walking poles must be attached to the hands correctly, according to the rules.
  • The competition number must be visible and properly fixed to the chest throughout the competition. It is not allowed to change the shape of the number (including the folding of the number etc.).
  • It is forbidden to obstruct co-competitors in any way, it is mandatory to keep sufficient and unobstructed space for passaging safely.
  • Competitors are visually observed by both organizers and judges.
  • The decision of judges and organizers is final.
  • All violations of the above-mentioned competition rules are penalized with a yellow card.
  • Three yellow cards are equal to one red card, which means disqualifying a competitor.


To register a participant fill in the registration form at the top of this page. There you can choose the distance and one of the following age group (M - male, F - female):

• Junior until 20 years old

• Adult A. 21 – 39 years old

• Adult B. 40 – 59 years old

• Senior 60+ years old

Registration for team competition

  • The team competition is meant for teams with 4 members.
  • Mixed teams with both female and male competitors are allowed.
  • Total age of the team members has to be minimum 100 years to unite people with different ages.
  • All team members must be pre-registered for the individual competition.
  • Register your team here.

Awarding Process

All finishers will receive a personal diploma with the finishing time.

Additionally 3 best men and women will be awarded in the following age-groups:

  • Juniors (up to 20 years)
  • Adult A (20 - 39 years old)
  • Adult B (40 - 59 years old )
  • Seniors (from 59 years old)

In team-competition 3 best teams in each age-group will be awarded:

  • Juniorid ja Adult A (up to 39 years old)
  • Adult B and seniors (from 40 years old)

The top 30 finishers in each age group will score INWA Nordic Walking World Cup series points according to the INWA Handbook:







1st place


11th place


21st place


2nd place


12th place


22nd place


3rd place


13th place


23rd place


4th place


14th place


24th place


5th place


15th place


25th place


6th place


16th place


26th place


7th place


17th place


27th place


8th place


18th place


28th place


9th place


19th place


29th place


10th place


20th place


30th place


Based on the points there will be put together a ranking of the participating countries.

Travel Agency


E-TURIST tour operator is organizing accommodation and transportation for the participants.

Overnight in double/twin room, 3 nights 26.-29.08.2022.
Package 1
Go Hotel Shnelli/Tallinn/, Hotel Wesenbergh/Rakvere 121 EUR/person. Single supplement 86 EUR.
Package 2
Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel/ Tallinn, Hotel AQVA Spa/Rakvere 168 EUR/person. Single supplement 123 EUR.

For request of booking accommodation and private offer for transport please contact:
Ph. +372 7441687

Suggested program

Friday, August 26th 2022

  • Arrival and accommodation in Tallinn

Saturday, August 27th 2022

·         14:00   Registration, handing out the race-numbers

·         15:00   INWA WC 10 km mass-start

·         17:00   Award-ceremony

  • Accommodation in Rakvere

Sunday, August 28th 2022

8:00     Registration, handing out the start-numbers

9:00     42 km mass-start of 14th Lahemaa Elamusmaraton

11:00   21 km mass-start of 14th Lahemaa Elamusmaraton

12:00   10 km mass-start of 14th Lahemaa Elamusmaraton

18:00               Closing of the finish

  • Accommodation in Tallinn

Monday, August 29th 2022

·         Early morning flight back to homecountry



Estonia is the northernmost country of the Baltic States bordered by Gulf of Finland to the north, by Baltic Sea to the west, by Latvia to the south and by Russia to the east.

Estonia is one of the greenest countries in the world as about 50% of its territory is covered with forest, making this country great for hiking and exploring the wildlife. It takes just a couple of hours drive from the capital city Tallinn to get to the wild forest. 


Estonia's capital Tallinn is the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe and its stunning Old Town is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tallinn as a compact and green capital is a perfect holiday destination if you want to see an exciting mix of new and old. City’s business centre with luxurious hotels and large shopping centres are just a stone’s throw away from historical sites. 


Lahemaa is the largest national park in Estonia and is situated on the northern coast of Estonia, in a distance of one hour drive east of Tallinn. It is a perfect place for hiking because here you can see stony and sandy seashores, picturesque bogs, forests, lakes and streams. There is also a spectacular Viru bog, which is equipped with a modern boardwalk.

In Lahemaa you can also see fishing villages and renovated medieval manor complexes, such as Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula.


Fifth largest city in Estonia, Rakvere is located close to the scenic coast and picturesque Lahemaa National Park. Rakvere attracts visitors with its impressive 13th century castle ruins, contemporary town square and spa culture.

NB! Check out more information in Elamusmaratonid 2022 General Instructions!

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