Helsinki City marathon RELAY

The Helsinki City Marathon Relay is a great way to share the atmosphere of the 41st Garmin Helsinki City Marathon among a team on May 15th, 2021. Share the marathon route with 4 runners and participate in the relay. The Helsinki City Marathon Relay follows the route of the marathon with legs of 8, 15, 7 or 12 kilometers.


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Helsinki City Marathon Relay Info


All runners receive a gear check bag from the Race Office when picking up the number and running package. The bag drop area is located at the northern stadium square (Olympic Stadium). The bag drop is open on the race day from 12 AM to 8:45 PM.

There won’t be bag drop at the transition areas. Each team will take care of their teammates’ bags and equipment during the race. 

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The runners have to get to the transition areas by themselves. Runners will get public transport tickets for the team members when picking up the bib numbers. You can find all the resent public transport information here or using HSL mobile app. 


Merisatamanranta (Kaivopuisto) The street name: Merisatamanranta

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The north side of Eläintarha sports field (Eläintarhan urheilukenttä) at the street: Nordenskiöldinkatu
This will be in a walking distance to and from the Olympic Stadium.

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Lauttasaari at the street: Pohjoiskaari. The area will be just before the Maamonlahti bridge)

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If you sign up one relay team for the race and pay for it right away, please choose “Individual and relay entry” and then “Helsinki City Marathon Relay”.

One person (the team leader) may enter a team and add the other runners to the registration later. Team leader is responsible for updating the details of the runners. Cancellation insurance is not available for the Marathon Relay.

If you want an invoice for the registration or you want to sign up more teams at a time, please choose “Create a team”.


If you have personal refreshments, please bring them to the marked boxes next to post- and 2021 registration tent (outside, near the expo entry) between 8 AM and 12:30 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 kilometers of the refreshment station.


The team’s bib numbers are picked up at one time from the Race Office (Olympic Stadium) during it opening hours  All team’s bib numbers are in the same envelope. Any team member can pick up the numbers. Please check the Race Office opening hours from the general info.

Note! Helsinki City Marathon Relay running numbers must be picked up before 1:00 PM on Saturday October 3rd, 2020.


Helsinki City Marathon Relay 2021 entry fees:

5.10. – 31.10.

team 155€

person 38,75 €
1.11. – 8.1.20201team 200 €person 50 €
9.1. – 220 €person 55 €
2.3. – 240 €person 60 €
1.4. – 260 €person 65 €
post-registrationteam 280 €person 70 €

Prices including event t-shirt.
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The route is the same as the Garmin Helsinki City Marathon route (see the route map below)

The starting line is at  the Paavo Nurmi statue (Mäntymäentie)

The starting time of the first runner for the Marathon Relay is 2:30 PM. The relay runners will be on the first start corral and wave (BLUE). The first leg’s runners must be at the blue start wave at 2:15 PM latest.

The team consist of 4 people. The legs will be 8, 15, 7 and 12 km. The transition areas are located at Merikatu (8 km), Eläintarha (23 km) and in Lauttasaari (30 km). 

The relay transition areas are planned in a way that they are easily reached by public transportation. Eläintarha is within walking distance from the event center. A ticket for the Helsinki public transportation is included in the entry fee. There is no transportation organized to transition areas.

The transition areas will be located alongside of the route. Therefore, the route will not get longer than the full marathon. The team carries a baton, which includes a chip for the timing. The change from one runner to another is done by giving the baton to the next runner.

The finish area is located at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

Helsinki City Marathon Relay route 2020

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The timing system works with a bib tag attached to the baton that the team carries with them. The team runs joint time. The Marathon Relay will have the split times each 10 kilometers, just like the marathon event. The teams progress can be followed with the Ultimate Live result app. 

Bib numbers & baton

1. Each relay runner will have his/her own bib (race number)
2. There is no chip on the relay runners’ bib (race number)
3. The bibs (race numbers) are packed in an envelope, where you also have:
4. The single-use relay baton, which is a custom type thick paper with timing chips, that is assembled (rolled) by the runners before the race.

See the example of the baton from the DHL relay in Copenhagen here.

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1. Team’s  bib numbers are picked up at one time from the Competition Office during it opening hours (Friday 2nd, 8am-20pm or Saturday 3rd October from 8am- 1 pm). All team’s race numbers are in the same envelope. Any team member can pick up the numbers.

2. The numbering is for example 151 A, 151B, 151C, 151D, such that the first leg’s runner has A on the bib, the second runner B, etc.

3. The first runner starts at 2:45 PM at Mäntymäentie (next to race office). The other runners will get to the transition areas by public transport. Helsinki public transport ticket is included in the entry fee, please see the instructions of the public transport in below.

4. We recommend all relay runners to be in time in transition areas. Communicate with the runner about his/her estimated arrival time at the transition area.

5. The timing points are located at 10 k, 20 k, 30 k and finish line

6. As every team has a particular speed, it is not possible to organize a bag drop in each transition areas. The team itself is responsible to organize this. Practical Tip: We suggest that the first runner brings his/her gear bag to the bag drop (located at the Olympic Stadium, northern stadium square). He/she gives the clothes to wear after the run to the second runner who will hand those over before she/he starts running. The second runner will give his/her clothes from before the run to the first runners who will take them back to the finish area.

7. The runners A, B, C can access to the Olympic Stadium through the marathon port (the same access than all the other runners) and get their medals, refreshments and snacks in the finish area. The runners must have bib numbers on! 

8. The whole team can cross the finish line together if they want, since the timing is done with only one bib tag that is on the baton. All team members must have their running numbers attached to their shirts to enter the finish area.

9. The relay team runs the same total running time. You can track your team’s progress on Ultimate Live application.

NOTE: If you register one relay team for the race and pay for it right away, please choose “Individual entry” and then “Helsinki City Marathon Relay”. If you want an invoice for the registration or you want to sign up more teams at a time, please choose “Create a team”.


  • Participation to the event for four persons
  • Refreshment points along the route according to each leg and at finish line for the whole team
  • Finisher medal to all team members
  • International result service UltimateLIVE
  • Timing for the team
  • Printable diploma via result system
  • Equipment service at finish area. Team members take care of each other’s equipment between the legs.
  • Storage for valuables
  • Gear bag for every runner
  • First aid on the route and at the finish
  • Transfer service for discontinuing runners (TaksiHelsinki)
  • A ticket for the Helsinki City Transportation for four persons. Two tickets for two people running the mid-legs.
  • Free training twice per month (in Helsinki region)
  • Technical running t-shirt for the first 250 teams