Helsinki City marathon

the 41st Helsinki City Marathon with a beautiful sea view and the city centre

The Helsinki City Marathon has a long history it was organized for the first time in the year 1981 and it has always been the most international and largest marathon event in Finland. This year will be the 41st edition for HCM. The Garmin Helsinki City Marathon’s route will offer you a beautiful sea views and also offers views of Helsinki’s city center on May 15th, 2021.



GARMIN Helsinki City Marathon 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.
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, 2019 and will end on Sept. 27, 2020. The best two results in marathons over this period will count for each runner’s ranking.


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


Age Groups:

W/M Open Class, W/M40, W/M45, W/M50, W/M55, W/M60, W/M65, M70

A runner will be placed in the right age group automatically based on his/her birth year (age per December 31st). Runners under 40 yrs will automatically participate the open class competition. One can get a prize both in open class and in age group.


Each runner finishing within 6 hours receives a Garmin Helsinki City Marathon finisher medal. A diploma can be printed from your own result page after the official results have been published.

Best male and female runners will be awarded with prize money.  In case the winning time goes under 2.23 (men) and 2.55 (women) the below mentioned sums will be raised by 500 euros.

Prize money:

1. 900 EUR

2. 600 EUR

3. 450 EUR

The top 5 runners in open class and the winner of each age group will be awarded by special prizes.

The top 3 runners of the open classes will be awarded directly after the race at the finishing area. Other winners can collect their prizes from the Race Office at Olympic Stadium.

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There is an age limit of 18 years to Garmin Helsinki City Marathon and Helsinki City Double competition.


In the year 2020 there is no pace makers because of the safety arrangements.



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:  3:30h, 3:45h, 4h, 4:15h, 4:30h, 4:45h, 5h and 5:30h. Before the start, you will find the pace makers near the finishing time signs beside the start area.

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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. See the map below.

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. See the kilometers and the stations here: HCM refreshment stations 2020.


There will be 14 refreshment stations and one Energy Gel station on the Garmin Helsinki City Marathon’s route. In some stations there will also be salty pickled cucumbers and Dexal gels.  See all the refreshment stations here: HCM refreshment stations 2020.



Each runner must pick up their running number from the Race Office at Helsinki Olympic Stadium before the run. Pleace check the Race Office opening hours from the general info.

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


Garmin Helsinki City Marathon entry fees 2021

5.10. – 31.10.61 € incl. event t-shirt
1.11 – 30.11.68 € incl. event t-shirt
1.12. – 8.1.202174 € incl event t-shirt
9.1. – 1.2.75 €
2.2. – 15.3.81 €
16.3. – 29.488 €
post-registration94 €

Event t-shirt is included in the entrance fee until January 8th 2021. After that you can purchase one for 15 euros when you sign up (20 euros at the event)

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Starts at 14:30 (2:30 PM) & 14.40 (2:40 PM)

Marathon will have two starts (corrals) at 2:30 PM and at 2:40 PM outside the Olympic Stadium (south) next to the statue of Mr. Paavo Nurmi on Mäntymäentie street. Both starts will have three start waves divided by colors: blue, white, yellow. 

The start times and start waves have been sent to runners one week before the event. You can also see your start time and color from your bib number. 

The runners should be at the southern Olympic stadium square (start area) at 2:15 PM the latest.

The start corrals and start waves have been made according to your own expected finishing time. If you haven’t given your target time yet, you have to do it before 14th September at your runner’s profile. Otherwise your starting wave will be given randomly. 


Helsinki City Marathon route was renewed in 2015 and it has received excellent feedback since then. In 2020 the route will run along the same scenery but it now runs clockwise and finish at the reshly renovated Helsinki Olympic Stadium. 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 7 km loop in the Southern end of the city. The second lap is the same than first excluding the south loop.

The route has several 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. The 2020 course is faster and smoother than before, avoiding some of the steepest and longest hills and tight curves.

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 iconic Helsinki Olympic Stadium renovation will be ready in summer 2020 which means  the postponed Helsinki City Running Day will be able to return to the Stadium already on October, 2020. 

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Garmin Helsinki City Marathon route 2020

Garmin Helsinki City Marathon elevation profile 2020

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  • Participation to the biggest marathon running event in Finland
  • Refreshment points along the route and at finish
  • Finisher medal
  • Technical running t-shirt
  • Printable diploma via result system
  • Timing
  • Equipment service 
  • Storage for valuables
  • International result service UltimateLIVE
  • Transfer service for discontinuing runners (TaksiHelsinki)
  • First aid on the route and at the finish
  • Refreshments and recovery area at the finish line
  • Free training twice per month (in Helsinki region)