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Tiirismaa Trail towards 2024 – Review of the 2023 event

The Tiirismaa Trail organized for the first time in Messilä gathered not only a record turnout but also a huge number of responses (252!) to the feedback survey. The survey carried out by Salmiplatform was part of the cooperation with Visit Lahti. Ruusut (375) and Risut (81) collected from free-form feedback provide a good basis for developing the event towards next season. The route and markings, which have become a trademark of the event, once again gathered mostly positive feedback, of course the difficulty of the route also gathered gravel noises regarding the hilliness. The move to Messilä brought a development to the atmosphere of the event compared to before, as the event center was formed closely next to the Messilä manor. This also made it possible to develop the acclaimed Tiirismaa Trail kids trip for Friday, as well as the implementation of the ultra-social Messilä Vertical. Community spirit was seen not only on Friday but also on Saturday, when guardians and spectators appeared near the race center and further along the route to watch and cheer on the race. Even the post-race meal, which had been hoped for in previous years, was easily possible thanks to Messilä's logistics, mostly garnering praise from the participants. The organizers also did not take advantage of the opportunities offered by Messilä due to their own lack of understanding, which led to feedback regarding the washrooms and especially the toilets. Considering future events, all the possibilities for use have already been clarified. The survey's values of satisfaction (9.24), how likely you would recommend the event (82.78) and participating in the event again (9.36) give the organizer a moment to puff out his chest, praise the people from Talkoo who did a great job, and thank you, the participants of the event! Tiirismaa trail is growing and developing. See you next year, stay tuned soon 😉 #tiirismaatrail #trail running #running #running #juoksija #trailrunning #lahti #visitlahti #lakelandfinland #messilä

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On Saturday, the sun was gentle and the pre-favorites held their ground!

After the storm it's bad weather, that's what Kari Tapiokin also sang. This also applied to Tiirismaa Trail on Saturday, August 5. when the more traditional Tiirismaa Trail trips were enjoyed in the wonderful landscapes of Messilä and Tiirismaa. After Friday's rain, the sun warmed both the participants, the organizers and the public who comfortably arrived at the scenery of the Messilä manor. In traditional style, the first start on Saturday was at 9:00 a.m., when a total of 48 participants of the marathon distance (42 km) set off under the Hoka starting arch towards the slopes of Messilä and the enjoyable trails of Tiirisma. On the 42 km journey, there was a crossing through the event center halfway. At this point, Antti Hartikainen (Team Här-Ski) waved the pace stick in the men's series. Antti Parjanne (Lynx) + 1:45 and Reijo Ronnila (Anti's stable) came in third with already +18:00 from Hartikainen. However, the second round did its job. In the women's 42 km race, the duo Maarja Mägi (Team Untamon Urheilu) and Anna Hopia (Ultra Perros) were seen in the middle groove, Rinna Ikola-Norrbacka (Asikkalan Raikas) arrived in third place. In the second round, however, it mixed things up a bit and did its job, especially on the men's side, small changes were made to the top three. Antti Parjanne was the first to arrive under Lumonite's finish line, who was able to keep up the pace and overtake Antti Hartikainen. The winner of the Tiirismaa Trail 42 km was Antti Parjanne of Lynx with a time of 3:34:33. Antti Hartikainen raced to silver +3:17 and Tiirismaa Trail veteran Jonathan Tolksdorf from Hollola, who made a great climb, took bronze +34:06 from the winner. On the women's side, the lead remained unchanged and Maarja Mäki was able to celebrate the victory in front of the Messilä manor with a time of 4:29:03, second was Anna Hopia +24:27 and third was Rinna Ikola Norrbacka +34:03 slower than the winner. The second start of the day at 10:00 was 8 km, which is aimed more or less as a low-threshold Trek fitness series, but of course there were also young girls and boys under 16 racing series on the starting line. The Trek fitness series attracted a record 39 participants this year. Did the relocation of the event center or the slight increase in the distance by 6 km from the previous year have an effect. The weekend's double champion Axel Koiranen (HU-46) together with his father Jani Koiranen, the fastest in the Trekki series, crossed the final straight of the Messilä children's slope in the same time of 40:27. Second in young boys was Luukas Kirjavainen + 0:52 and third was Leo Lehtonen (HU-46) + 2:04 from the winner. On the girls' side, there were regrettable absences before the race day, and in the end there were no runners at the starting line. Hopefully next year again 🙂 Many happy faces were seen in the Trekki fitness series, and the prize win hit the spot for many. Thank you again at this stage to all the partners for the high-quality prizes. The starting time of the 21 km distance, which was also considered the main start of the day, was at 11:00. The main number was also the largest when a total of 150 eager and excited trail runners were seen under the blue Hoka starting arch, waiting for what the slightly changed 21 km route will bring this year. On the men's side, the mantle of the pre-favorite was naturally placed on the current number one in Finland, Juho Ylisen (Team Hoka), who let off the most steam already on Friday, winning the Messilä Uphill in spectacular style. So Ylinen went to get a double Tiirismaa Trail 2023 for Friday and Saturday, and above all a hat trick from the 21 km distance as a continuation of the previous years' (2021, 2022) championships. Salomon Trail Team duo Tuomas Kari and Eetu Nordman were spotted as the clearest challengers for Ylis. The pre-favorites held their ground. Juho Ylinen's step was delicate from start to finish, and there was no real threat in the others. Thus, Ylinen was able to win Tiirismaa Trail 21 km for the third time with a time of 1:28:43. By the way, time is really hard for the slightly changed route, and at least the changes in the route did not go in an easier direction. This man from Team Hoka is in for a hard fight. There was a tight fight for second place between Kari and Nordman. The solution had to wait until the very last kilometers. The second pole was taken by Nordma with a time of 1:34:57, who was able to get away from Kari on the way up the Laaso lift shaft. Kari's annoying ankle sprains about 1.5 km before the finish took the last blow, and as a result, no chest crease was seen at the end, although the difference between the two was only 5 seconds. Yes, we saw a really tough M21km struggle in Tiirismaa again. What next year!? On the women's side, the pre-favorite cloak was thrown to Karoliina Ukskoski (Perhon Kiri), better known from the orienteering side (or Tiirismaan Trail photographer). Lahti Suunnistajat -37's strong orienteer was finally unstoppable on the climbs of Tiirisma and Messilä, even though Mila Koljonen and Lotta Kirvesmies threw a lot of punch at the carts. Ukskoski tore a clear gap from the others on the climbs of the back leg and was able to enjoy N21km as the winner with a time of 1:57:51. Mila Koljonen took second place with a time of 2:01:46 and Lotta Kirvesmies third with a time of 2:03:30. The last starting group of the day was a 12 km journey that started at 12:00. On the men's side, the interest was particularly focused on the double champion of the Ahkera spring cross-country races in Lahti and Ossi Kekki, the 5000m WC bronze medalist of the Kaleva Games a week ago. On the women's side, Suunta Jyväskylä's Anniina Taipale, who was very successful in Tiirismaa, was perhaps the clearest early favorite. When climbing the first hill, it became clear that Kekki had really come to Tiirismaa to run. and hard, its blood seemed light going Bear 1 in the ascent. Kekki maintained top speed throughout the 12 km distance and stopped the clocks at 50:57. A great ride, and especially when you think about previous years, now we got a real quote even for this 12 km trip. Sure, the route is different and not comparable, but it's okay for everyone to try. Jaakko Ranta (YU-team) ran to second place + 6:23 and third was young Rasmus Töyrylä +11:21 from the winner Kek. On the women's side, Anniina Taipale took her own and improved her silver position from a couple of years ago to gold. Taipale's time of 1:03:42 is also good compared to 2021 (1:02:03). Second place went to Heidi Horttanainen (Imatra Urheilijat) +8:06 and third Anna-Maria Jäpölä (Asikkalan Raikas) +11:52 from Taipale. Tiirismaa Trail 2023 is now slowly being celebrated, but it's always a good moment to get back into the mood, for example through event photos or, for example, to watch the YouTube broadcast afterwards. Thanks to all our great photographers and the results service for all this deliciousness. The Tiirismaa Trail people especially thank all of you participants and spectators, but of course also those who made the event possible; partners, people from Talkoo and others who worked in the background! THANK YOU - We did it, together! We are happy to receive feedback so that we can make Tiriismaa Trail an even better event. Feedback can be sent directly via social media, for example @tiirismaatrail or via email info@tiirismaatrail.fi. A more extensive and detailed feedback survey will be broadcast in the near future. Stay tuned and see you again next year! 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Friday's hill festivals offered challenges for many departures

The Tiirismaa Trail weekend, which was expanded to two days for the first time, offered challenges on Friday in the form of various hill races. More than 120 people took part in the challenges of the Messilä Karhu slope in the suits of Messilä Vertical, Tiirismaa Trail Kids and Messilä Uphill, with the performances lasting from less than six minutes to more than six hours. The children's event started with a guided start jump in rainy weather. However, the wet conditions didn't slow down the pace as almost 70 children raced towards the top of the bear slope. Happy expressions, self-exceedings and brave performances were seen at the raffle shop as Pekko Pelikaan and Hanna Hipo cheered on the finishers. The event made possible by Romuta has collected more than €1,600 to support exercise for underprivileged children, with a special mention given to the contribution of our partners Pajulahti Urheiluopisto and Granlund Oy. You also have the opportunity to support the exercise of underprivileged children in the Päijät-Häme area. The link to the donation can be found in the bio and below.https://www.lahjoituslomake.fi/hope-yhdessa-yhteesti-ry/kähet/tiirismaa-trail-kids/ The Messilä Uphill, organized on the same 1.6km route as the children's event, offered the perfect opportunity to test what the body can do. comes off. The rainy weather didn't slow down the participants and the first downhill started with a wild trot like in Jukola's relay. At the start of the bearish rise, Juho Ylinen had taken his place, and after that he didn't look back much. In the man's own words, the quite convincing bet at 5:49 served as a good opening for Saturday's 21km journey. Mikki Lehtonen and Ibai Mendia Iztueta rallied for the next places, the latter also removing the karsts for Saturday. In the women's competition, Katja Sorri was responsible for the best performance, with Tinavuori wolves Jaana Wuoma and Pauliina Louhiala-Hännen taking the next places and leading their team to victory in the women's team competition. After the breathing leveled off, a lot of comments were heard from the mouths of the participants about the steepness of the skiing slope and the difficulty of the downhill cross-country trail, but on the other hand, there were also hopes for more ascents. So should there be more climbs next year, even on the express route? The gladiators of Messilä Vertical were the first to start on Friday evening at 16:00. Even before the event, Messilä Vertical, which was called ultra-spiritual and social, proved the predictions to be correct. Already in the first ascent, the humor flew by the participants. The lap speeds of the first couple of hours (16-14 min lap) gave the entire group of participants plenty of time to maintain and refuel. At this point, many of the early favorites, led by Joni Lepistö, took the lead rather casually. The pace, which accelerates every four laps, started reaping its harvest starting at three o'clock, when the ultra spirit raised its head as the evening grew dark. As the laps progressed, the wetter weather that met Tiirismaa on the trail for the first time added to the challenge, especially when the downhill became quite slippery. On the women's side, 🥇Emmi Löfberg 🥈 Laura Alestalo🥉 Eva Pantelidis went to the longest Karhu slope. In men, there was a fierce battle for the podium places as the 3000m climb approached. Screams of encouragement rang out from the mouths of guardians, co-competitors and organizers alike, as Sami Mänty fought to the last ounce of strength, finally succumbing at 32 laps. Several times Aleksei Grabtchak and Joni Lepistö fought their way to the next round in the last seconds, with Joni Solonen leading the troops. After more than 6 hours, Joni Solonen, the only one who went on the 36th lap, shot a handsome finish to win the first Messilä Vertical 😎 Tiirismaa Trail 2023 is now applauded, but it's always a good moment to get back into the mood, for example through event photos or, for example, to watch the YouTube broadcast afterwards. Thanks to all our great photographers and the results service for all this deliciousness. The Tiirismaa Trail people especially thank all of you participants and spectators, but of course also those who made the event possible; partners, people from Talkoo and others who worked in the background! THANK YOU - We did it, together! We are happy to receive feedback so that we can make Tiriismaa Trail an even better event. Feedback can be sent directly via social media, for example @tiirismaatrail or via email info@tiirismaatrail.fi. A more extensive and detailed feedback survey will be broadcast in the near future. Stay tuned and see you again next year! Tiirismaa Trail – From love to trails!

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Routes ready for the first Tiirismaa Trail from Messilä

Although the Tiirismaa Trail is not a new race, track champion Juha Sorvisto got to an empty table, as it were, when the competition center in the event moved from the Heinsuo ski center to the Messilä snow center. At the same time, the scenery of Vesijärvi and the hills of Messilä will become part of all Tiirismaa Trail trips, offering challenges and scenery for all trips, regardless of length. Especially the shorter distances of 8 and 12 km have experienced the most change relatively, when the competition center is on a completely different side of Tiirismaa. I hope this is in the minds of the competitors. The longer distances of 21 and 42 km have also changed, and in practice, 2 km of flatter sections have been removed from the routes, and one new climb (Tiirismaa Takaseinä) from the old Tiirismaa ski slope area has taken its place. This is reflected in the increase amount and all routes have received even more increase than in previous years (see table below). 8 km 12 km 21 km 42 km Uphill /Kids Vertical Distance (km) 7.4 12.7 21.2 42.4 1.6 1.2 Ascent (m) 300 500 760 1520 110 90 GPX file Route Route Route Route Route Route Travel table for exact distance and climb. You can also download gpx traces from the Trace de Trail page. The final printable route map of the Tiirismaa Trail can be found below. Below the route map you can see the elevation profile for the 21 km round. There have been minor changes to the map from the original, so you should take this into account if you have looked at the route before and downloaded e.g. a gpx file to your watch. It's especially worth updating them to the latest versions if you want the watch's guidance to match the race route as well! In addition, the nature reserve areas (LS area) on the route are marked in more detail on the map, and it is good to know that especially at these points, you should remember two important principles of the trail runner's ethic: 1) stay on the marked route and 2) do not leave trash on the terrain. This is certainly obvious to most people!

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Tiirismaa Trail 2022 is happily behind us

Tiirismaa Trail, which was organized for the second time, gathered a record number of participants when almost 300 registered runners set out to conquer the highest peaks in Southern Finland. Heinsuo Sports Center once again offered a guarantee for a safe competition center event, which nevertheless had enough space to organize a safe event. Special praise was heard during the event for the operation of the route, its markings and service points. Special thanks for this goes to the great team of workers, who happily served and encouraged the runners at the service points - thank you! According to Kuulemaa, the snacks at the service stations led by Nosht sports drink also provided energy for the needs of even the most demanding refuellers. This year, 31 runners answered the challenge of the 42 km distance hosted by Hoka. The rains in the morning made the route slower in some places than last year, but everyone managed to clear the route in well under 7 hours! Suunto's Jere Lallo started fast and after the initial scramble, he took last year's third runner-up Joni Lepistö with him. Halfway through, the advantage was in Lepistö's favor for just under a minute, didn't the step of Lepistö's ultra runner give others chances after that. Turning last year's 3rd place into a convincing win in under 4h with a time of 3:59.50. Jere Lallo fought for second place before Hollola's Jonathan Tolksdorf who convincingly tightened up at the end. Anna-Leena Korhonen managed to improve her last year's time by more than five minutes, with the remaining time dropping to just under 5 hours, 5:01.44, maybe next year will already go to a new number of hours. Anne Rauhamäki continued from last year, taking second place ahead of Teija Reijo. The most popular route of the Tiirismaa Trail was once again illuminated by Lumonite headlamps, as no less than 122 people made their way to the 21km route. Team Hoka's Juho Ylinen left no room for chance and showed why he has risen to the brightest elite of national trail running. Even in the ascent of Marta's hut, the gap between the three coming behind Samuel Heinosen, Tuomas Kari and Eetu Nordman was more than half a minute. Ylinen was able to win his second consecutive Tiirismaa Trail victory with a time of 1:29.15, at the same time getting a good workout for the international races at the end of the season. "A hard track is easier to put a number tag on your chest with the encouragement of others, so @tiirismaatrail was the number one choice for longer intensive training. A suitable amount of ascent, technical small paths and a varied route easily attracts us, at least. So I can recommend it wholeheartedly! 💪🏼", said the winner of the day on Instagram." The organizers thank and wish Juho light feet for the rest of the season's competitions! Samuel Heinonen tormented Tuomas Kari's downhill speed already in the middle of the slopes of Messilä, but kept his head cool and pedaled away on the uphills. Karin taking 3rd place like last year. The great 6th place of Burn-O Productions Ibai Mendia Iztueta and the 12th place of CustomSports' Matti Salmensuu can also be considered as an important improvement. On the women's side, HK Varma Team's Pauliina Pohja, who has merited even on longer distances, convincingly took control of the competitive needle trails, improving her time from last year by almost two minutes, 1:51.38. Laura Seppänen fought herself for second place before a tight battle for 3rd place, which Anna Hopiaa turned into a victory 11 seconds ahead of Mia Tuoriniemi! Anna-Maria Jäpölä of Asikkala Raikka and Miika Heikkilä of Espoo Ski Association rolled to victory in the 12km series. The podium was completed by Emmi Teva and Liisi Koskelainen on the women's side, and Eero Leino before Juho Koski on the men's side. The trip offered by travel host Toolpoint saw a lot of smiling faces, maybe next year for a longer trip? The 6km offered by the organizing organizations CustomSports and Burn-O Productions was seen as a counterbalance between a relaxed atmosphere in the brands of the Trekki series and fast-paced racing by the future stars of the young series. Eelis Koskinen of HU-46 took the victory in the boys' under 16 series ahead of Alvar Krogius of Helsinki Suunnistinaje. On the girls' side, Ella Lehtisuo of Lahti Ski Club took the win ahead of Iira-Nella Norrbacka and Petra Rautiai of Saarijärvi, who narrowly finished third. It's great to see young people from different sports and clubs participating! The children's 2km distance saw the dominance of Hollola's athletes as the club took the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th places on the boys' side, Axel Koiranen taking the win followed by Kasperi Pakkala in second and Lukas Lehtonen taking the third place ahead of his brother Leo Lehto! In the girls, Hyvinkää's Neela Hyötynen took the win while Aurora Salminen Fernandez finished third, and Hollola's Athletes' Daniela Mattila took third place at the end of a tight final battle. Several new young people were seen on the trip offered by Umacon, and for next year the organizer aims to multiply the number of youth series! At the finish, Nosht's speed candies also did their business - sweet! You can find the final results by series on the competition pages! Go back to the atmosphere of Tiirismaa Trail 2022 with event photos and a YouTube broadcast (finish camera). The organizers have now "played through" organizing the trail running event twice in just over a year, and it's time to aim for the next step in the trail running scene! WE THANK ALL competitors, partners and people of Talkoo. This would not have been possible without you. The Tiirismaa Trail story continues, bigger and better next year! Thank you!

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Tiirismaa Trail's Yhteislenkit Thu 30.6 and Sat 16.7 at 5.30 pm

Are you wondering about the challenges of the Tiirismaa Trail and/or participating in it? Do you want to come and familiarize yourself with the route before the race? Or maybe you just want a jogging club and come enjoy Tiirisma's paradise trails in good company. The organizing organizations of Tiirismaa Trail, Burn-O Productions and CustomSports, offer all this opportunity with open joint trail runs. The goal of the joint runs is to go around the Tiirismaa Trail's route, get to know Tiirismaa's trails and landscapes, and enjoy the wonderful sport with a group. At least two different level groups are available, the pace and the distance are adapted to the needs of the joggers. You don't need to register for the runs separately. More detailed information about both runs a couple of days before the run. More information, if necessary, from info@tiirismaatrail.fi Jump on the trail!

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The heaviest list of the summer

The end of May is approaching and summer is fast approaching. In honor of this, we have published a small checklist of where you can study the named climbs of the Tiirismaa Trail's 21 km route, and their classifications in the familiar classifications from the cycling world (5 – HC, from lightest to heaviest). The list also includes the length of the ascent (km), total ascent (m) / average steepness (%). For example, the ascent of Marta's hut is 0.7 km long, which includes 55 meters of ascent. This practically means about 8 % average climbing steepness for the whole ascent. With this you can even change the climbs of your home trails in your imagination to one of the climbs of the Tiirismaa Trail! All 9 climbs on the list are included in the 21 km round. Thus, 42 km you can enjoy the entire memory list in two sittings. The 12 km distance includes ascents 1. - 3. and 8. - 9. The shortest 6 km distance comes from the list 1. Marta maja ascent. Also new for this year will be the height profile of the routes, from which it is convenient to see the location of the ascents of the route and the height ratios and profile. The final route profiles, also for the 6 and 12 km distances, will be on the race info page a little later. Less than 2 months until the sweatiest hill party of the summer. Now at the latest to tighten the laces of the sneakers and practice the hills both up and down. In running, it's not enough to get to the top of the hill. You still have to come down from there on your own feet!

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Jump into the Tiirismaa Trail 2022 story!

The Tiirismaa Trail trail running event will take place this summer on July 23, 2022. The Heinsuo sports center functions as the competition center in the usual style. The 2021 event received a lot of praise, especially for the routes, and there will be no changes here either. The Tiirismaa Trail offers sometimes heavy trudging, quite a lot of wonderfully curvy and varied little paths, and sometimes a wonderfully opening landscape from the peaks of Tiirismaa and Messilä. Distances: 6 km, 12 km, 21 km and 42 km, and for the youngest in the family, a 2 km children's (under 12) departure. As a novelty at the 2022 event, you will see and experience Tiirismaa Trekki – a fitness series that offers 6 km of trail fun. The Tiirismaa Trekki fitness series is a good option for those of you who want to go out and enjoy winding paths and wonderful scenery, for example with a group of friends, without much fuss. Are there trail running enthusiasts in your company? Is your company thinking about active or passive activities? The Tiirismaa Trail and, for example, the Tiirismaa Trekki fitness series are the perfect choice for moving your company's personnel and/or partners along the enjoyable trails of Tiirismaa. Order your group's own registration code, which enables subsequent invoicing and the best possible price. A high-quality event cannot be created without high-quality partners! Does your company's name and logo look good on the Tiirismaa Trail route? Will you jump in to conquer the highest peaks in Southern Finland!? If you are interested, please contact us: info@tiirismaatrail.fi    

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Tiirismaa Trail is coming again!

Exactly half a year to the second Tiirismaa Trail in history! Are you ready!? The Tiirismaa Trail 2022 trail running event will take place on Saturday 23 July 2022. Are you ready to conquer the highest peaks in Southern Finland? If you answered yes, put the date in your calendar! And if you don't, it's okay because 6 months is a good time to get your fitness up to the level required by the hills of Tiirisma. The Heinsuo sports center functions as the competition center in the usual style. What a good thing to change. The 2021 event received a lot of praise, especially for the routes, and there will be no changes here either. The Tiirismaa Trail will sometimes be heavy trudging, a lot of wonderfully curvy and varied little paths, and sometimes a wonderfully opening landscape from the peaks of Tiirismaa and Messilä. The distances are still: 6 km, 12 km, 21 km and 42 km, and for the youngest in the family, a 2 km children's (under 12) start. As a novelty at the 2022 event, you will see and experience Tiirismaa Trekki – a fitness series that offers 6 km of trail fun. The Tiirismaa Trekki fitness series is a good option for those of you who want to go out and enjoy winding paths and wonderful scenery, for example with a group of friends, without much fuss. Go read the event presentation of the Tiirismaan Trail and familiarize yourself with the trips and series. Preliminary route maps (from 2021) can be found here. Registration for the 2022 event is therefore open! You can find more detailed information about trip-specific prices and payment levels, as well as a link to the Eventio registration system here! While waiting for summer, you can return to last year's atmosphere with our photo service, which you can find here. Nothing but nice runs and see you in July in Tiirismaa! Tiirismaa Trail – From love to trails!

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Tiirismaa Trail organized for the first time was successfully run, pushed and stomped through.

The event gathered a good number of participants right from the first time to conquer the highest peaks in Southern Finland. In the end, there were a total of 229 participants. A 21 km distance was selected as the main distance in proportion to the number of participants, and a total of 96 trail runners were seen at the starting line. The atmosphere of the 21km start. Photo: Touho Häkkinen The Tiirismaa Trail, which was set up on a fast schedule, was mainly praised for its arrangements. Heinsuo Sports Center offered a great base as the competition center of the Tiirismaa Trail. A compact area that nevertheless had enough space to organize a safe event. There was also a positive feeling at the service points and the operation was otherwise smooth. Together with the people of Talkoo, we managed to create a functioning whole for the trail running event, where each participant could focus on the matter themselves and enjoy the day while trail running in a like-minded group. Tiirismaa - Messilä's versatile and varied trail networks offered curly needle paths, outdoor paths, stone steps and of course hills in all shapes and angles - at least enough. The main theme of the competition was really hills, and there were varying degrees of them on each route. On longer journeys (12 – 42 km) Tiirismaa was rammed on many occasions and even on the slopes of Messilä you could enjoy this delicacy even more on ascents with about 100 m of vertical ascent. A total of 21 km of ascent was offered for 750 m, and in the marathon therefore double 1500 m. Even on the shorter courses, you could also get a taste of Tiirismaa's wonderful hills! The track master was praised for planning the route. On the longer distances, the runners were really challenged, and on the shorter distances, there was relatively more of an easier section, where the steep ascents and descents were more runnable and shorter. Nobody was offered a lift, so each runner had to fight the laws of physics on the climbs. Children under 12 scratched a fast-paced 2km route, where they also got into the atmosphere of a trail run. The event also got a clean slate from the marking of the route, and none of the reported missteps came to the ears of the organizers. The route was marked in several ways, which minimized the possibility of getting lost. This was also brought up by Team Hoka's Juho Ylinen, who won the men's 21km series, in the Etelä-Suomen Sanomat article (for subscribers). Tiirismaa Trail has come to stay on the trail running map. Our strong goal is to become one of the biggest trail running events in Finland in the future, which would attract both the top runners and those just starting trail running. This year, the best cyclists in Finland were already at the starting line. Veera Lähde representing Mäkimyyri was the overwhelming number one in the women's 42 km series with a time of 4:25:53. The second place was taken by Anne Rauhamäki, Ryläys' friends, and the third was Anna-Leena Korhonen. On the men's side of the same distance, the competition was closer, as the top three reached the finish line in less than eight minutes. Team Hoka's Toni "Nuuksion Susi" Valido was the winner in 3:40:46 ahead of Tero Mietti and UltraSiilien's Joni Lepistö. A particularly tough coverage was seen in the men's 21 km series, where Team Hoka's Ylinen (1:27:16), Liikupi's Mikko Knuuttila (1:29:16) and Tuomas Kari (1:30:26) took the top spots. The pace in this series was clearly even faster than the track master's estimate beforehand, and now Ylinen's pace was around 4:10 min/km on a route with 750 meters of ascent! In the women's 21 km series, SK Pohjantäh's Sofia Haajanen took hers with a time of 1:46:39. The difference to Ruut Uusitalo, who came in second, was 2:51. HK Varma Team's Pauliina Pohja came third, 6:33 behind Haajanen. The women's 12 km series was as expected smooth, where Heini Wennman of SK Pohjantähti raced to victory with a good final time of 1:00:48. Another competitive orienteer, Anniina Taipale, came closest to Wennman, who is better known as an orienteer. The difference between Wennman and Taipalee was only 1:15. Team Hoka's Noora Hyyrynen, who is also an orienteer, but also going hard on the track, finished third, 3:12 slower than Wennman. The men's 12 km was dominated by Mikael Fabritius, also representing Lahti Suunnistajat -37 on the orienteering side. Fabritius clocked the approx. 12 km route in 54:59. Second came Juho Koskinen (Hollolan Urheilijat -46) with a time of 59:24 and third was Eetu Granqvist, 1:01:38. The women's 6km top places went to Camilla Tuominen of Hollola athletes (35:46), Nina Nerg-Toivola (37:58) and Jatta Tuominen of HU-46 (41:05). In the men's 6km side, the top three were as follows: Eemeli Ruusila, Burn-O Productions (36:12), Jukka Majander, Hämeenlinnan Tarmo (36:42) and Teemu Björn, CustomSki (57:47). Girls under 16 top3: 1. Ellinoora Kovanen, Tiirismaan Latu (40:03), 2. Sara Muhonen Pakilan Veto (40:15), 3. Peppi Painilainen, Ylästön Urheilijat (50:20) Boys under 16 top3: 1. Aato Hämäläinen, Pakilan Veto (30:07), 2. Matias Salmela (39:56), 3. Alvar Krogius, Pikku-Veskun Samoojat (41:06) The children's (under 12 years) 2km runs saw close competition and extremely fast final races. On the girls' side, Kiira Tervo of Sajaniemi Sonni had the fastest pace with a time of 10:43. The next places and podium places were taken by the duo of Artjärvi Ahjo, Linnea Simola (11:16) and Lahja Pekko (12:30). On the boys' side, Elmo Kiiskinen, representing Lahti Suunnitajat -37, was crowned the winner with a time of 9:42. Lukas Lehtosen (Hollolan Urheilijat -36) was only 16 seconds behind the runner-up. Third was Roope Itävuo, Sajaniemi Sonnit 1:37 slower than Kiisk. So the coverage was tough in each series, but above all, the event also attracted completely new trail runners. You can find the final results by series here! Go back to the atmosphere of Tiirismaa Trail 2021 through event photos, YouTube broadcast (finish camera) and GPS tracking (21km)! IMAGE SERVICE YOUTUBE BROADCAST GPS TRACKING The game and the head is the so-called open! We look forward to what next year will bring! Now you have a great opportunity to develop the event by telling how the arrangements went from your own perspective. What things were you satisfied with and what would you like for the coming years? We accept all twigs and roses openly. Together, let's make the Tiirismaa Trail one of the best trail running events in Finland. One (1) free entry to the 2022 Tiirismaa Trail will be drawn among all those who left their contact information. 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