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 October 2nd, 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 first qualifying period for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings will begin on January 1st, 2021 and will end on December 31st, 2021. The best two results in marathons over this period will count for each runner’s ranking.

Age groups (men and women)

The rankings cover age groups from 40 to 80+ for men and women as following:
40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+


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


If you are +40 years old, you need to select  “Yes” in the section “I want to score points for AbbottWMM Age Group World Championships and give a permission to give all the participant data to World Marathon Majors LCC”. 


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. 650 EUR

3. 400 EUR

The top 5 runners in the open class and the winner of each age group will be awarded with a special prize.

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

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There is an age limit of 18 years to Garmin Helsinki City Marathon. Runners who have or will turn 18 years during the event year are welcome to participate. 


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

Please note that we are only welcoming participants/runners to the Race Office this year. 

Note! Garmin Helsinki City Marathon bib numbers must be picked up before 12:30 p.m. (12:30 hrs) on Saturday October 2nd, 2021.


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. – 31.5.81 €
1.6. – 23.8.85 €
24.8. – 13.9.88 €
post-registration94 €

The event t-shirt is included in the entry fee until January 8th, 2021. From January 9th onwards, you can purchase the event t-shirt for 15 euros when you register (20 euros at the event)

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For the 2021 Helsinki City Marathon, there is no pace makers due to 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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The Garmin Helsinki City Marathon route will have 13 refreshment stations, one energy gel station, and an extensive refreshment station at the finish area. At the refreshment stations, runners will be served sports drink (Leader No Limits sports drink, lemon flavour) and water. At some stations, runners will be served salty pickled cucumbers and energy gels. Please find the locations of the refreshment stations from the link below: 

HCM refreshment stations 2021

Personal refreshments 

If you have personal refreshments, please bring them to the marked boxes next to the entrance of the Race Office/Expo Area between 08:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on the race day. 

Please make sure that you can recognise your drinks, and that they are marked with your name, your bib number and the kilometre mark of the refreshment station (to what station you want your refreshments to be brought). You can find the locations of the refreshment stations from the link above. 

The personal refreshment drinks are served first (before sports drink and water) at the refreshment stations. 


Starts at 02:00 p.m. (14:00 hrs) & 02:10 p.m. (14:10 hrs) (Please note! 30 min earlier than in the original schedule)

Due to the special arrangements, the Garmin Helsinki City Marathon will have two starts (waves), each containing of three starting groups (corrals). The two start waves take place at 02:00 p.m. and at 02:10 p.m. at the Mäntymäentie street, next to the statue of Paavo Nurmi. Both start waves are divided into three corrals: blue, white, and yellow. All runners should be at the southern Olympic stadium square (starting area) latest by 01:45 p.m. 

The Helsinki City Marathon results are based on runners’ net times (time from crossing start line to crossing finish line). Therefore, runners do not need to rush to the start line, as their timing will not start before they cross the start line.  Note! Runners shall not cover their bib number with their hands neither when crossing the start nor the finish line. 

Runners will receive an e-mail with information about their start time and corral about one week prior to the event. You can also find your start time and corral (colour) from your bib number. The start waves and corrals are defined according to your own expected finishing time.

The use of face masks 
We recommend runners to use face masks when visiting the Race Office, entering the starting area, during the start of the race, and also during the first part of the race. The route will have waste bins situated about 0.5 km from the starting area. 

The route shows runners the best views and the heart of Helsinki city! It is a comfortable route to run, offering runners a mixture of seaside, park, and, downtown landscaping. It is faster and smoother than before, avoiding some of the steepest and longest hills and narrow curves. 

The route consists of two laps where the first lap is longer, having a approximately 7 km loop in the Southern end of the city. The second lap is the same as the first lap, excluding the loop in the Southern end of the city. 


The finish line is at the iconic Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Runners are served a variety of refreshments at the finish area. 

Garmin Helsinki City Marathon route 2021

Elevation profile 2021

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General event info


The route offers a mixture of beautiful seaside, park, and, downtown landscaping. It is faster and smoother than before, avoiding some of the steepest and longest hills and narrow curves. There is 13 refreshment stations, one energy gel station and an extensive refreshment station at the finish area. The finish line is at the iconic Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

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  • Participation in the largest marathon running event in Finland
  • Refreshment points along the route and at finish
  • Finisher medal
  • Printable diploma via result system
  • Timing
  • Bag drop
  • Storage for valuables
  • International result service UltimateLIVE
  • Transfer service for discontinuing runners (TaksiHelsinki)
  • First aid on the route and at the finish
  • Refreshments at the finish area
  • Free training twice per month (in Helsinki region)