FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you are looking for any specific information or have any questions, please look through our FAQ for useful information and answers.

What if the COVID-19 restrictions remain in force or are tightened, will the event be moved to autumn or next year?
In that case, we will act in accordance with the same principles as last year. If we have to move the event to autumn 2021, runners’ right to participate will be automatically transferred to the autumn event. Participants would also have the additional option of transferring their right to participate to the 2022 event, without any extra cost. In this way, participants would get to choose their preferred option. However, we are confident that we will succeed to arrange a safe event with special arrangements in May, just as we did in October last year!

From where can I find the entry fees?
You can find the entry fee information from each distance-specific page (under the events heading) under “entry fees”.

Why is the event t-shirt not included in the entry fee anymore (from January 9, 2021)?
We have listened to our runners’ wish to be offered more affordable entry fees, by excluding the event t-shirt. By making the event t-shirt chargeable, we can also make more accurate estimates for t-shirt orders and thereby reduce losses.

Can I cancel my participation?
Can I transfer my participation to next year’s event?
Can I get my registration payment refunded?
What if the travel restrictions are still in place? 
As a participant of HCRD 2021, you are offered the possibility to defer your personal right to participate to next year’s event (2022), if you buy the transfer insurance fee either when registering for the HCRD event or later on through your own entry profile. After paying for the transfer insurance fee, you can activate your deferral to next year’s event through your own entry profile (your entry profile credentials are sent to you with your registration confirmation e-mail).

The transfer insurance fee is 10 euros until April 29, 2021, and 15 euros until May 12, 2021. The last day for deferring your personal right to participate is on May 12, 2021. After this date, it is no longer possible to buy a transfer insurance fee. On 13–15 May, you can only make a deferral with a medical certificate. A deferral can only be made for yourself and only for next year’s event. A deferred participation cannot be transferred again next year. The transfer insurance fee is an exceptional arrangement and will be discontinued for the 2022 event.

In case you are unable to participate in the 2021 event, you are not obliged to inform the event organiser. The entry fees are non-refundable under all circumstances.

Can I sell or transfer my participation to another runner?
Yes. A transfer of your participation to another runner has to be done latest by Wednesday May 12, 2021. Your bib number is personal and should not be given to another runner without a re-registration. The right to participate can be transferred from one runner to another (for the same event year) with a re-registration fee of 10 euros.

A re-registration takes place with a code which the resigning runner gets from his own, personal entry profile. The resigning runner needs to give the code to the person to whom he/she wants to transfer the participation. The new entrant pays the 10 euros re-registration fee. Please see the instructions from the link below. How to transfer the participation to another runner 

Will I receive a confirmation for my registration?
Yes, you will receive a registration confirmation e-mail to your given e-mail address (sender Helsinki City Running Day). In case you have not received a confirmation to your inbox, please remember to check your junk e-mail. Closer to the event, you will receive important information by e-mail related both to the event and your bib number (approx. 1-2 weeks prior to the event).

How can I change my participant data after I have registered?
It is important that the personal data in your entry profile is up to date at all times. In case your personal data should change, please be sure to update your entry profile data latest by April 29, 2021 by signing in with the username and password issued to you by email. You have received the credentials to your entry profile in your registration confirmation e-mail.

Can I change the running distance?
Yes. If you have already registered for the HCRD 2021 event, and would like to change your distance, please send an e-mail to maraton@sul.fi.

If you want to change to a longer distance (more expensive), you will need to pay the price difference between the distances (according to the entry fee of the new distance at that time). The price difference can be paid with sport vouchers or by bank transfer. Please remember to update your new estimated finish time in your entry profile.

If you want to change to a shorter distance e.g., from marathon to half marathon, you can make this change by logging into your own entry profile and edit your distance yourself, latest by April 26, 2021. After April 26, you need to contact the event organiser (maraton@sul.fi) for changing to a shorter distance. Please note that we are not returning any price differences.

How do I collect my bib number? Can I also collect my friend’s package?
You need to collect your bib number along with your race package from the Helsinki City Running Day Expo at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Paavo Nurmen tie 1, 00250 Helsinki). The Expo Area is open on Friday 14 and Saturday 15, 2021. To collect your bib number and race package, you need to know your bib number, which is e-mailed to you before the race. The race package must be picked up 1.5 hours prior to the race start. Yes, you can also collect your friend’s package if you know his/her bib number.

How do I collect my event t-shirt?
If you have registered before January 9, 2021 the event t-shirt is automatically included in the entry fee. From January 9 onwards, you are able to buy the event t-shirt when registering for the HCRD 2021 event. From your entry profile, you can view whether your registration includes a t-shirt or not (T-shirt: Yes/No). Additionally, information about the t-shirt will be included in the e-mail sent out to you approx. 1-2 weeks prior to the event. Your event t-shirt needs to be collected from the Expo area along with your bib number and race package.

What measures have been taken to ensure safe event arrangements during the pandemic?
The event organiser has made a comprehensive plan, following recommendations from the public health officials and authorities, to be able to offer participants a safe running event. Please familiarize yourself with our comprehensive plan HERE. By following this plan, the Helsinki City Running Day was safely arranged in October 2020.

How do I make a registration for a corporation or team? 
Instructions on how to register a corporation or team can be found from below. Please note that the below instructions are only in Finnish. For more information and assistance in English, please send an email to maraton@sul.fi
Ohjeet yritysilmoittautumiseen ja ryhmän muodostamiseen 

Helsinki City Marathon Relay – Questions:

Can a team consist of three or five runners?
Yes, a team can consist of three runners, meaning that one runner has to run two legs in a row. A team cannot consist of five runners, as four is the maximum number of allowed runners per team. Teams with less than four runners are not obliged to inform the event organiser about the matter.

Can I change a team member or change the order of the runners? And how?
Yes. The team’s contact person can change team members or the order of the team members/runners through the team’s entry profile.