Event info

Garmin Helsinki City Marathon is one of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking competitions.
At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships, to be held within the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
The rankings cover age groups from 40 to 80+ for men and women as follows
40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
The first qualifying period for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings will begin on Sept. 16, 2018, coinciding with the 2018 BMW BERLIN MARATHON and the start of AbbottWMM Series XII, and will end on Sept. 29, 2019. The best two results in marathons over this period will count for each runner’s ranking.

How to score points

The maximum points that can be scored in any race by an age group winner is 4,000. The age group winners in any AbbottWMM race – the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathons – will automatically get 4,000 points.
Any age group athlete who is within 29 seconds of the age group winning time in an AbbottWMM race receives 10 points less, earning 3990 points. Runners within 30-59 seconds of the winning time receive 20 points less, and those earning times within 1 minute and 29 seconds less than the age group winning time receive 30 points less, and so on.
Runners can earn points for their performances in marathons beyond the six AbbottWMM races, provided the event is an official AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race. In those events, scoring will be based on a platinum time calculated for each age group and gender, using standard multiples of the ‘mean’ of the current marathon world record times for each age group and gender. Winners of any age group marathons that are not Abbott World Marathon Races must run faster than the platinum time for their age and gender to score 4000 points. The same points degradation according to time behind the winner applies. The full list of the platinum times is included below.
Runners’ qualifying times must be recorded at a certified accurate marathon which has been nominated as an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying race. The current list is included at the conclusion of this document. If the age group winning time is below the platinum time, then the points awarded to the winner and every subsequent age group runner are reduced by the time the age group winner has missed platinum time for the age and gender of the athlete.
Platinum times for each age group are as follows:

Men                   Women

40-44 2:26        40-44 2:46
45-49 2:34        45-49 2:48
50-54 2:41        50-54 3:04
55-59 2:50        55-59 3:18
60-64 3:00        60-64 3:33
65-69 3:09        65-69 3:48
70-74 3:21        70-74 4:09
75-79 3:51        75-79 4:51
80+ 4:17            80+ 5:33

There is age limit of 18 years to Garmin Helsinki City Marathon competition.
Other events of the Helsinki City Running Day do not have an age limit. 

You will get to know your bib number by email about 1-2 weeks before the event. You can also check your own number from your runner profile after this.


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. Make sure that you have picked up the number by Saturday May 19th at 1 pm at the latest. Garmin Helsinki City Marathon, Helsinki City Run and Minimarathon race package includes a t-shirt. Be sure to pick that up 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.

Garmin 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.

The schedule for May, 18th 2019 at Helsinki City Running Day

In 2019 all our running event are on the same day which is called Helsinki City Running Day. You can find the schedule for the all events in below

Friday May 17th, 2019

9am-8pm (9-20)                   Garmin Helsinki City Marathon, Helsinki City Run, Helsinki City Marathon relay, Helsinki City 5, Helsinki City Double and                                                                               Norlandia Minimarathon competition office and Running Expo area is open at Töölö Sports Hall (Töölön Kisahalli) A-side of the hall (A-halli).

                                               The address: Paavo Nurmen kuja 1, Helsinki. Entrance is located at the eastern side (the parking area's side).


The running bib has to be picked up during the opening times of the competition office, the bibs must be picked up at least 1,5 hours before individual starting times. 

Helsinki City Run, Garmin Helsinki City Marathon, Helsinki City Marathon Relay and Helsinki City 5 and Minimarathon t-shirt must be collected from B-side of Töölö hall (B-hall). In addition, The t-shirt is available only before the event. Please note that you need to know your bib number before picking it up. Another person may pick up the bib and the t-shirt on behalf of the runner. In that case, please give your running number information to the person picking up your race package.

Saturday May 18th, 2019

at 7:30                   Minimarathon Competition office opens at Eläintarha Athletics field, Note the different location than on Friday!

at 8:00                  Garmin Helsinki City Marathon, Helsinki City Run, Marathon relay, Helsinki City 5, Helsinki City Double Competition Office and Expo area opens
                              at Töölö Sports Hall (Töölön Kisahalli)

at 8:30                  Telia 5 G Arena grandstand seating is open to spectators

at 9:00                  Norlandia Minimarathon number pick up closes at Eläintarha Sports field

at 9:00                  Norlandia Minimarathon's start

at 9.00                  Clothing & gear check area and storage for valuables opens at Bollis (a football field next to Telia 5 G Areena)
                              It is open on Saturday 19th from 9am until 9:30pm and you may leave the goods only in the official gear bag (green or red) at your own risk                                  

10.00                  Helsinki City Run running bib pick up closes

11.15                    Helsinki City Run's the first starting groups are ready in the starting area on the Mäntymäki field (Mäntymäentie).

11.30-12.10          Helsinki City Run's starts 

12:00                    Garmin Helsinki City Marathon's and Marathon relay's Clothing & gear check area and storage for valuables opens at Bollis

12:00                    Competition info opens at Telia 5G Areena

13:00                    Helsinki City 5 running bib pick up closes

13:00                    Garmin Helsinki City Marathon's import own drinks to the office will end

13:30                    Garmin Helsinki City Marathon's and Relay's running bib pick up closes

14:00                    The Running Expo and the Intersport running shop (A-Hall) closes. 
                             Expo at the B-hall is still open

14:45                   Garmin Helsinki City Marathon's and Relay's (1st leg's) runners ready at Mäntymäentie

14:45                    Helsinki City 5 runners ready at Ruoholahti market square

15:00                   Garmin Helsinki City Marathon and Marathon Relay starts at Mäntymäentie, next to Paavo Nurmi statue

15.10                   Helsinki City Run half marathon's running time ends

15:15                    Helsinki City 5 starts at Ruoholahti market square 

16:15                    Helsinki City 5 running time ends

21:10                   Garmin Helsinki City Marathon running time ends

21:30                    Clothing & gear check area and storage for valuables

21.30                    Competiton info closes

We recommended to use public transport as we don't have any reserved parking areas for the runners. During the event 17.-18.5.2019 the competition office is located at Töölö Sports Hall (Töölön Kisahalli) A-side of the hall (A-halli). The address: Paavo Nurmen kuja 1, Helsinki. Entrance is located at the eastern side (the parking area's side).

Competition Office opening hours:
Friday May 17, 2019 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (9:00-20:00)
Saturday May 18, 2019 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (8:00-14:00)

The running bib and t-shirt can be picked up during the opening times of the competition office, at the latest on Saturday 18.5.2019 at 10:00 am. The t-shirt is available only before the event. Please note that you need to know your bib number before picking it up. The event t-shirts must be collected from B-side of the Töölö Hall (B-halli). Another person may pick up the bib and the t-shirt on behalf of the runner. In that case, please give your running number information to the person picking up your race package.

The Expo Area is attached to the Competition Office. You may purchase sports equipment, products and other services provided by the event partners there.

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.

A runner short cutting the marked route, disturbing other runners, or not following the rules and regulations stated by the organizer will be disqualified from the race. His or hers participation right for other Finnish Athletics’ (FA) events might also be denied in the future.

The equipment storage area is located behind the Telia 5G Areena at Bollis (football field).

Runners can leave their equipment to the storage in large gear bag which is delivered at packet pick-up when you receive your race bib number. All items left to the equipment storage should fit into the bag (50 x 55 cm). Close the bag and attach the sticker with the bib number identification to it. Identification sticker will be at the envelope with the bib number. Storage area is guarded and only runners wearing a HCM bib number will be let in the area.

The storage will be open from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the race day. Please note that the organizer is not responsible for lost items and the storage service for valuable is recommended for items such as wallets, cell phones, and watches etc. Also, try to bring your gear check bag to the area on time. There will be limited access to the gear check when the race is about to start because the route will block the way partly.

The distance between the equipment storage and Start area is about 500 meters.

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.

2018 Helsinki City Running Day runners will get a -20% discount of Crowne Plaza's prize of the day. Hotel is located next to competition office, start and the finish line. (Address: Mannerheimintie 50, 00260 Helsinki).

More information about Crowne Plaza

 Make the reservation via this link

The hotel offer for 2019 will be updated as soon as it is confirmed.

The maximum race time is 6 hours from the start. This means the runner must cross the finishing line at 9:15 pm at the latest, to be able to get an acceptable result. This time schedule will be used in all functions of the race, for example the services after the race will be closed according to the schedule at 9:15 pm.

To be able to maintain your participation right, you should be at the measuring points as followed: 5 kilometres by 41 minutes from the start, 10 kilometres by 1:24 from the start, 20 kilometres by 2:49 from the start, 30 kilometres by 4:17 from the start, 40 kilometres by 5:40 from the start and finish by 6 hours from the start.

Medical service is available at the Finish and also you will be able to contact medical personel from every refreshment station. Also other medical staff is available along the route. In case of an injury, an illness or other reason, which forces you to discontinue the race, please first contact the race official near your.


Recovering massage is available from 12:30 am - 9 pm for runners after finishing. The massage is located behind the Telia 5G Arena, next to the Bollis 6 field.

If the participant purchases the optional cancellation insurance, he/she is able to postpone the registration to next year's event in case of a sickness or an injury.

The insurance fee is 10 EUR and it has to be paid while doing the registration. The postponing can be done only once (one year ahead) and only for the runner himself/herself. In addition, the participant has to send the organizer a doctor's certificate before the race day regarding the injury or sickness affecting the participation. The certificate can be submitted either by email (recommended), or mail. If it is sent by mail, it should have the postal stamp date of the race day at the latest. A copy of a medical certificate will be accepted. Please check the contact information for the mailing address.

Pace makers help you to keep up the steady speed during the whole event. These experienced runners are wearing flags with the finishing time and bright coloured vests and they will run the whole route with a steady pace.

We have pace makers aiming to the following finishing times:  3h, 3:30h, 3:45h, 4h, 4:15h, 4:30h, 5h ja 5:30h. Before the start, you will find the pace makers near the finishing time signs beside the start area.

There is no reserved parking for the runners at the event area at Telia 5G Areena. It is recommended to use the public transportation to get to the event.

If you are arriving to Helsinki by car, our partner EuroPark offers you to a 30 %  discount on parking at the EuroPark
P-CityForum, P-Eliel, P-Kamppi or P-Kluuvi indoor car parks (the QR code in the PDF below). HCRD-discount is valid for runners
from 5 pm on Friday 18th May 2018 until 6 pm on Sunday 20th May 2018.

1. Take a parking ticket at the entrance barrier.
2. When leaving, enter the parking ticket into the pay station.
3. Place the QR code in the middle of the pay station’s QR code reader and keep your
QR code in place until the pay station registers the discount.
4. Pay your parking either in cash or by payment card.
5. Take the parking ticket with you!
Please note! The discount is granted only using the QR code when paying for the parking at the pay station.
The QR code works only at marked pay stations. The discount is not granted if using a payment card at the
barrier or if the parking is paid directly to the hotel. EuroPark does not reimburse discount in arrears.
Place the QR code to the pay station’s QR code reader in the direction of the arrows
HCRD 2018 QR code


The runners that belong to the Finnish social security system (KELA) are insured for acute illness and injuries sustained during the race.

The insurance is valid from the time the runner enters the start area to the time the runner has left the marked finish area. If the participant needs to use the insurance, he/she needs to contact the official medical services at Helsinki City Marathon first. The insured runner is first responsible himself/herself for the cost associated with the medical treatment. 

Please note that participants not belonging to the Finnish Social system run at their own risk.

If you have personal refreshments, please bring them to the marked places at the competition office by 1 PM on the race day. 
You can place your drink in a basket to be brought to a refreshment station. Make sure you recognize your drink, and that it is marked with your name, running number and the kilometres of the refreshment station.

Official photos by MarathonFoto

During the event, our partner MarathonFoto, will take pictures of all runners. After the race, the pictures are available for viewing and purchase online. The pictures taken will be available online after the event only for runners who have given their permission to photos while registrating to the event. You can give the permission on your runner profile or before the event at the competition office or by email (maraton@sul.fi) any time. You can view and order the photos a few days after the race at MarathonFoto´s web page. If you have any problems with finding your pictures please contact MarathonFoto customer service.

Pictures by the organizer

The organizer has also own photographers at the event. The organizer has all the rights to use the pictures and videos taken at the event.


Each runner finishing within 6 hours receives a Garmin Helsinki City Marathon finisher medal.

Best male and female runner will receive special prize and the possession of the trophy.

Prize money:

1.  1 750 EUR

2.  1 000 EUR

3.    500 EUR

Also following placements are rewarded with a product prizes:

Men: Open class 1.-10., M40 1.-3., M45 1.-3., M50 1.-3., M55 1.-3., M60 1.-3., M65 1.-3., M70 1.-3.

Women: Open class 1.-10., W35 1.-3., W40 1.-3., W45 1.-3., W50 1.-3., W55 1.-3., W60 1.-3., W65 1.-3.

The winners of the classes of men and women will be rewarded directly after the race at the finishing area. Other winners can collect their prizes from the competition info at the Stadium.

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.

The results will be posted at the event website http://www.helsinkicitymarathon.fi/en/results after the run.

Garmin Helsinki City Run and Marathon´s new registration and result service system Ultimate Sport Service will provide online results and tracking services available to all runners and followers on race day.

LIVE results on the internet:
All results are updated LIVE during the event to the result page. Runners will get online diploma from their result page also after they have finished.

LIVE results on the UltimateLIVE app:
All results are available and updated LIVE during the event in the UltimateLIVE smart phone app. The app can be downloaded for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone in App Store, Google Play and Windows Store - or directly from the link http://app.ultimate.dk


The maps and important infos in English can be read and downloaded here

Sportyfeel Helsinki City Marathon route was renewed in 2015 and it has received excellent feedback since then. In 2018 the route will be the same than in 2017. The route has been planned based on the feedback from runners, in close cooperation with the City of Helsinki.

The route has 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 14 service points and it offers nice spots for spectators to cheer the runners on. 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 2020 and all Helsinki City Running Day 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.

The spectators can watch the race along the route (Note: At some spots, there are traffic limitations, which will slow down or even stop traffic).

At the Telia 5G Areena (Open from 10 AM), spectators can go to the spectator area to cheer for the runners.

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.

In the map below Marathon's and Relay's 1st lap is the red line and 2nd lap is the yellow line and the finish is the purple line. 

(Note that starting corrals in the picture below are only for HCR half marathon)

Wallets, cell phones, keys, and other small valuables are recommended to leave to the safety deposit located outside of the Telia 5G-areena. The storage will be open from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the race day.
A fee of 5 EUR will be charged, and only runners wearing a bib number will be let in.

Please notice, that we can accept only cash.

A timing car will travel in front of the leading runner. In addition, there are clocks at 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, 20 km, 25 km, 30 km and 35 km. You can see your finishing time from the big clock above the finishing line.

Garmin Helsinki City Marathon timing and result system partner is Ultimate Sport Service. The system works with a bib tag attached to the bib number. Bib number needs to be attached to the front of the shirt, so that it is clear and visible. It should not be folded any time. Bib number is personal and it cannot be given or trasferred to another person for safety reasons.

Gross time (from firing of the gun to crossing the finish line) is the official result of the race. Also so called the net time, time from crossing the starting line to crossing the finish line, will be given to each runner.

Split times are available at the 10, 20, 30, 40 km marks.

Organizer has the right to determine the timing system annually. Participants must obey the organizer´s guidance to using the system. Runners who do not comply with the instructions, are not promised an official time and result.

Toilets are available at Töölön Kisahalli and at Telia 5 G Areena.
Temporary toilets are located at the gear check area, start area, along the route and at finish area.
Please note that the might be a waiting line at the toilets due to large number of participants.

Garmin Helsinki City Marathon bib number is personal and should not be given to another person. It is however possible to transfer the participation to a new runner with a re-registration fee of 10 €. Transferring the registration to another runner is possible until the end of the official registration on April 30th 2018. 

1. Entrant logs into his/her runner profile
2. In the end of the profile you see a button Transfer Entry
3. Select “Transfer Entry”.
4. You see a confirmation “Are you sure…” message, where it tells the person what the transfer fee / value is.
5. Confirm.
6. Copy the code and save it well. NOTE THIS! The profile becomes deactivated right after the code has been created.
8. You can now give voucher to person whom you want to transfer the participation to.
9. New entrant does the online entry as a new participant. He/she uses the voucher and pays the transfer fee of 10 EUR.