Helsinki City Run HALF MARATHON

Welcome to the largest half marathon in Finland! The 30th edition of Helsinki City Run half marathon is something that you need to experience for yourself on May 13th, 2023. Helsinki City Run half marathon has been the kick off for the summer season since the year 1994 and has always been the most popular half marathon of Finland. Come and enjoy the beautiful route around the capital of Finland.



Helsinki city run info

Age Groups:

Helsinki City Run will award prizes in the following series:

W/M Open Class, W/M40, W/M50, W/M60

Runners who are at least 40 years old in the year of the event race automatically in the correct Age group according to their date of birth, when the “Age group” is selected as the series. The Age group is determined by the age on December 31 of the year of the event.

All 40-year-olds automatically race in the General category.

Prize money is awarded only in the General series. If the participant wishes, he can participate in the General series instead of his own Age group, but not in other Age groups.


Each runner finishing within 3 hours receives a Helsinki City Run 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 1.06.15 (men) and 1.16.00 (women) the winners prize will be raised by 500 euros.

Prize money:

1. 800 EUR

2. 550 EUR

3. 300 EUR

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

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

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Helsinki City Run Half Marathon entry fees 2023

1.2.-28.2. 63 €
1.3.-31.3. 66 €
1.4.-27.4. 69 €

post-registration 28.4.-13.5. 75 €

The event t-shirt is included in the entry fee until June 20th, 2022. From June  21st onwards, you can purchase the event t-shirt for 15 euros when you register (20 euros at the event).

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Each runner must pick up their running number from the Race Office at the Olympic Stadium before the run. Your friend may also pick it up for you with your name and race number. Please 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! Helsinki City Run half marathon bib numbers must be picked up before 1:20 p.m. on May 13th, 2023.

There are five refreshment stations along the Helsinki City Run route. These stations offer sports drink (Leader Performance, lemon flavour) and water. At the refreshment stations, sports drink is offered first. Stations are located at the Ruoholahti market square (3.5 km), at the Lauttasaari sport park (7 km), at Lehtisaari (9,6 km), at Meilahdenpuisto (Meilahti park) (13,5 km), and at Tilkanvierto (17 km).

The event area (start, Expo and finish) for Finland’s largest half marathon Helsinki City Run is located at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

The Helsinki City Run half marathon route is now flatter and faster, with even more seaside scenery! Runners of the half marathon will cross the finish line at the iconic Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

The route is marked properly at cross roads, and the route will go straight if no marking is provided. Kilometre signage is visible at every kilometre point. Race officials and the police will oversee the runners and the traffic. Helsinki City Run half marathon is an AIMS certificated race.

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 area serves runners with a variety of drinks and snacks. Unfortunately, special diets cannot be taken into consideration.

For a better view click on the right corner “view larger map”. 

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The route elevation profile

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The start takes place at Mäntymäentie, next to the Paavo Nurmi statue. Runners are divided into six (6) starting waves with one wave starting every 10 min. The first wave starts at 2:20 p.m.

All runners will be informed about their starting time by e-mail about one week prior to the race. Runners are divided into waves according to their estimated times given whilst registering for the event. Runners can also find their starting time and wave from their bib number. All runners need to make sure that they start in the group (corral) assigned to them. 

The Helsinki City Run 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 crossed the start line. Note! Runners shall not cover their bib number with their hands neither when crossing the start nor the finish line.

Start times:

1st start at 2:20 p.m.
2nd start at 2:30 p.m.
3rd start at 2:40 p.m.
4th start at 2:50 p.m.
5th start at 3:00 p.m. 
6th start at 3:10 p.m.


HCR half marathons has pacers who run at a steady pace at certain target times and help runners reach their goals.

Target times and pacers are divided into starting groups as follows:

If you want to update your target time, you can do it in your entry profile. Please note that the amount of runners in each starting group is limited.

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General event info


Helsinki City Run half marathon route is now flatter and faster, with even more seaside scenery. The half marathon has five refreshment stations along the route and finishes at the iconic Helsinki Olympic Stadium! Helsinki City Run half marathon is an AIMS certificated race.

Click the map to get better view of it.


  • Participation in the largest marathon running event in Finland
  • Refreshment points along the route and at the finish area
  • Awesome Finisher medal
  • Pacers who run at a steady pace at certain target times
  • 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 line
  • Free entry to the Helsinki Swimming Stadium
  • Free training twice per month (in Helsinki region)
  • Expo and other services at the Olympic Stadium