Helsinki City Run HALF MARATHON

Welcome to the largest half marathon in Finland! The Helsinki City Run half marathon is something that you need to experience for yourself on October 2nd, 2021. 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:

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

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 the open class and in an age group.


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 1.20.45 (women) the below mentioned sums 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 2021

15.6. – 13.9.72 €

post-registration 75 €

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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Each runner must pick up their running number from the Race Office at the Olympic Stadium before the run. 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 10:00 a.m. on Saturday October 2nd, 2021.


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 (10 km), at Ramsayranta (12 km), and at Ratsastie (17.5 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 use of face masks during the event
We recommend runners to use face masks whilst visiting the Race Office, entering the starting area of their race, 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. Face masks are for sale at the event area. 

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.

HCR half marathon route 2021

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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 five (5) starting waves with one wave leaving every 10 min. The first wave starts at 11:00 a.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 11:00 a.m. 

2nd start at 11:10 a.m. 

3rd start at 11:20 a.m.  

4th start at 11:30 a.m. 

5th start at 11:40 a.m. 


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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.

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  • Participation in the largest marathon running event in Finland
  • Refreshment points along the route and at the finish area
  • 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 line
  • Free training twice per month (in Helsinki region)