Event info

We partner with Restel Hotels. You may book your accommodation here. Use the code HCM to receive the -20 % discount. The hotels are Cumulus hotels Meilahti, Kallio, Hakaniemi, Kaisaniemi (all within 3 km from the start and in Helsinki) and Vantaa.

Helsinki City Marathon's partner Vetikko Travel is an experienced running travel company which takes care of the incoming guests. Book your accommodation to Cumulus Meilahti (the closest hotel to the finishing area, distance is about 700 m).

Information about other hotels in Helsinki:

Crowne Plaza Helsinki   See the route from the hotel to expo/startplace here)
Holiday Inn Helsinki-Messukeskus   (See the route from the hotel to expo/startplace here)

Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre    (See the route from the hotel to expo/startplace here)

Holiday Inn Helsinki West-Ruoholahti   (See the route from the hotel to expo/startplace here)

Hotel Indigo Helsinki-Boulevard    (See the route from the hotel to expo/startplace here)

Book your accommodation in Vantaa here

Accommodation at the airport (Vantaa): Holiday Inn Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

There is age limit of 18 years to Helsinki City Marathon competition.

You will get to know your racenumber 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.

Helsinki City Marathon is organized by Finnish Athletics Federation (FAF) and three local sports clubs. Finnish Athletics Federation is a non-profit organization and the funds raised at the running events are directed to about 600 athletics clubs. The clubs in turn organize activities for about 60 000 children, youth and older members having track & field as a hobby in Finland. 

By participating in the events organized by FAF you are directing your money to a great cause. Thank you for supporting our work!

If you wish to raise money to a specific organization while participating the Helsinki City Marathon you may do it privately. 

Helsinki City Marathon competition office and info desk is located at Töölön Kisahalli (in English Töölö Sports Hall), address: Paavo Nurmen kuja 1, during the event August 11-12, 2017.

The office will be open:

  • Friday August 11, 2017 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Saturday August 12, 2017 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Info desk serves runners at the competition office at Töölö Sports Hall. After the office is closed at 1:00 PM on the race day, the desk will be re-located at the finish area at the Sonera Stadium.

All registered runners must collect their race package (bib number with timing bib tag, safety pins, and the event t-shirt) by 1:00 PM the race day. T-shirt is available only before the event. You may ask your friend to pick up the race package for you.

If you have any questions, please contact the HCM office. You can reach the office by phone +358 (0) 44 335 0457 or by e-mail maraton(at)sul.fi.

Runners have the opportunity to print out the Helsinki City Marathon online diploma. The diploma can be printed from the result page after finishing the 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.

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 6 (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.

Friday 11th August, 2017
12 PM – 8 PM Helsinki City Marathon event office and the expo area are open at the Töölö’s Sports Hall, address: Paavo Nurmen kuja 1.

12 PM - 8 PM Chiquita Minimarathon (childrens race) event office is open at the Töölö Sports Hall

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 PM 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

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.

You can ask for the lost property at the info desk during and right after the race or later from the office of the Finnish Athletics (FA): e-mail maraton(at)sul.fi and phone +358 (0)44-335 0457

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.

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.

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 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.

There are 15 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.

The results will be posted at the event website www.helsinkicitymarathon.fi after the run.

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


Helsinki City Marathon route was renewed in 2015 and it has received excellent feedback since then. In 2018 the route will be mostly the same than in 2017. The final route will be updated at the webpage as soon as it is confirmed by the officials. The attached maps are from 2017.

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 2019 (2020) 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.

All registered runners are obligated to follow all the rules and regulations and instructions given by the organizer. The event organizer is Finnish Athletics (FA), the national athletics federation of Finland and sport clubs Helsingin Kisa-Veikot, Helsingin Poliisi-Voimailijat and Viipurin Urheilijat.

Therefore, also the rules of the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) rules apply.

Link to rules


The entry fee for HCM includes entry to Helsinki Swimming stadium after the HCM finish. Swimming Stadium is located at Hammarskjöldintie 5 close to Olympic Stadium.
A runner must present his/hers bib number in order to get a free entry. Showers, sauna and dressing room facilities are quaranteed, the usage of swimming pools depends on the weather.

NOTE: 50 Cent coin deposit will be needed for the lockers at the Swimming Stadium.

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.

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.

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 5G-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.

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 €.

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.