Maxim Helsinki City Marathon
Helsinki City Marathon is the biggest marathon in Finland. Welcome to experience the beautiful nature, scenic route and great service under clear blue sky. Helsinki City Marathon is one of the rare marathons that can be ran in August. The weather is at its best (average temperature in August is 18-20 degrees of Celcius, 64-68 Fahrenheit). The Scandinavian summer welcomes you to Finland!
About the organizers
The Helsinki City Marathon is organized by Finnish Athletics (FA), the national athletics (track & field) federation of Finland, and local athletics clubs Helsingin Kisa-Veikot, Helsingin Poliisi-Voimailijat, and Viipurin Urheilijat. The profits created by the running events are directed to the children and athletes practising athletics in Finland.
Included in the entry fee:
Participation to the biggest marathon running event in Finland
Technical running t-shirt
Refreshment points along the route and at finish
Pace makers 3:00h, 3:30h, 4h, 4:15h, 4:30h, 5h, 5:30h
Printable diploma via result system
Equipment service and storage for valuables
International result service UltimateLIVE
Transfer service for discontinuing runners
First aid on the route and at the finish
Photoservice by MarathonFoto
Free entry to the Swimming Stadium after the race
Free training with Juoksuliike once per month (in Helsinki region)
There is age limit of 18 years to Helsinki City Marathon competition.
You will get to know your race number by email before the event. You can also check your own racenumber from your runner profile. All participants should pick up their race numbers and the race package from the competition office at Töölö Sports hall (Töölön Kisahalli) either on Friday or Saturday (event day). Make sure that you have picked up the number by Saturday August 12th at 1 pm at the latest. After you have picked up the number, you will get a Helsinki City Marathon T-shirt from another desk at the the Expo area. It is not possible to get the T-shirt afterwards.
Timing system works with bib tag attached to the bib number. You will need to wear the bib in order to get the official result.
Bib number is personal and it cannot be given or transferred to another person. The bib number must be attached in front of a shirt and it should be visible during the whole race. The safety pins which you may use to fasten your bib are given to you in your bib number envelope. Runners who do not wear a bib number will be removed from the running route. Bib numbers are disposable.
Every runner must fill in the ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone number at the back side of the bib number. Please write the relevant medical information there too.
You can keep your number after the event.
Helsinki City Marathon entry fees are non-refundable in every case. The runner does not need to inform the organization about possible cancellation before the race.
Injury,Dropping out of race
If you need to drop out of the run in case of an injury, an illness or other reason, which forces you to discontinue the race, please first contact the race official nearest to you. They are happy to help you in any matters.
There is transportation organized to the finish area from each refreshment station. If you are able to continue until the nearest refreshment station, please contact the officials there to get the transportation.
Saturday 12th August, 2017
8 AM Chiquita Minimarathon event office opens at the Eläintarha Sport field. Minimarathon schedule can be found here.
9 AM The event office and the expo area opens at Töölö´s Sports Hall
11 AM Telia 5G-areena opens to welcome runners and spectators
12.30 AM Clothing & gear check and storage for valuables opens
1 PM Bib number pick up, competition office and the Expo closes
9 AM-1 PM Own refreshments must be brought to an assigned table at the Töölö Sports hall
2.45 PM First start runners ready at the start area at Mäntymäentie -street
3 PM Helsinki City Marathon start
3 PM Competition info opens at the Telia 5G-areena
3.30 PM Bringing Equipments ends.
3.45 PM Helsinki Street Run start
9.15 PM HCM race time ends and finish area closes at the Telia 5G-areena
9.30 PM The storage for valuables closes
9.30 PM Swimming Stadium closes
9.30 PM Competition info is closed
Marathon will start at 3 PM outside the Olympic Stadium next to the statue of Mr. Paavo Nurmi (Address: Mäntymäentie, Helsinki). The runners should be at the start area at 2:45 PM the latest. Select your preferred spot at the start area according to your own expected finishing time. The areas are marked by signs: 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00 etc.). Make sure you are in good time if you wish to get a good position at the start area.
The finish line is located at Telia 5G areena (Address: Urheilukatu 5, Helsinki). After crossing the finish line runners are given their finisher medal and they can continue to the post-race refreshment area. The post-race refreshment station serves the runners variety of drinks and snacks. Unfortunately special diets cannot be taken into consideration.
Each participant needs to pick up his/hers race materials at Töölön Kisahalli office. The race package includes bib number with timing bib tag, safety pins, sponge and a t-shirt. NOTE: the t-shirts must be picked up from another table according to the sizes.
There are 14 refreshment stations on the route of Helsinki City Marathon. There are toilets and sponging / shower station at every refreshment station. Runners will get the sponges when picking up their race numbers and accessory bags. Sport drink is Sportyfeel Sports drink , 5 % content. The flavour of the sports drink is lemon. Unfortunately, due to large number of participants, special diets cannot be taken into consideration.
Helsinki City Marathon route was renewed in 2015 and it has received excellent feedback since then. 2017 the route will be mostly the same than in 2016. The final route will be updated at the webpage as soon as it is confirmed by the officials.
The route has been planned based on the feedback from runners, in close cooperation with the City of Helsinki.
The new, faster route is made up of two laps where first one is longer, having a approximately 8 km loop in the Southern end of the city and reaching all the way to Central Market Square, City Town Hall and the Esplanades. The second lap is the same than first excluding the south loop.
The route has 15 well-equipped service points and it offers more spots for spectators than before. Many sights of Helsinki are also located just next to the route. Everyone runs in the same direction the whole time, which makes running smooth and safe.
The route is relatively flat and comfortable to run. Please see the Elevation Profile in the end of the page. The runners are able to avoid hills towards the end of the race. The last eight kilometres of the route are run on flat, paved road. This makes the course smoother for the runners and helps them break their personal records. The long hills that used to slow down and exhaust the runners at the end of the old route are now run twice in the course of the run, but in the other direction.
The iconic Helsinki Olympic Stadium is under renovation until year 2018 and all races end at Telia 5G-areena just next door.
The police and traffic controllers will be controlling the route. At some point, the vehicles might have to be let in between the runners and it might hinder the pace of the runners for a moment.