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, to be held within the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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, 2018, coinciding with the 2018 BMW BERLIN MARATHON and the start of AbbottWMM Series XII, and will end on Sept. 29, 2019. 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


Each runner finishing within 6 hours receives a Garmin Helsinki City Marathon finisher medal.

Best male and female runner will receive special prize and the possession of the trophy.

Prize money:

1.  1 750 EUR

2.  1 000 EUR

3.    500 EUR

Also following placements are rewarded with a product prizes:

Men: Open class 1.-10., M40 1.-3., M45 1.-3., M50 1.-3., M55 1.-3., M60 1.-3., M65 1.-3., M70 1.-3.

Women: Open class 1.-10., W35 1.-3., W40 1.-3., W45 1.-3., W50 1.-3., W55 1.-3., W60 1.-3.

The winners of the open classes will be rewarded directly after the race at the finishing area. Other winners can collect their prizes from the competition office at Telia 5G Areena.

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


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 places at the competition office between 8 AM and 1 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. See the kilometers and the stations here: HCM refreshment stations 2019


There will be 15 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 raisins. See all the refreshment stations here: HCM refreshment stations 2019


Each runner must pick up their running number from the competition office at Töölö Sports Hall before the run. Pleace check the competition office opening hours from the general info.

Note! Garmin Helsinki City Marathon running numbers must be picked up before 1:30 PM on Saturday May 18th 2019.


Garmin Helsinki City Marathon entry fees 2020

17.-19.5.2019 50 €
20.5. – 31.7.55 €
1.8. – 30.9.59 €
1.10. – 25.11.65 €
26.11. – 31.12.71 €
1.1. – 31.1.201978 €
1.2. – 16.3.84 €
17.3. – 29.4.90 €
post-registration 96 €

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2020 will be updated later

Marathon will start at 3 PM outside the Olympic Stadium next to the statue of Mr. Paavo Nurmi (Address: Mäntymäentie, Helsinki).

The runners should be at the start area at 2:45 PM the latest. Select your preferred spot at the start area according to your own expected finishing time. The areas are marked by signs: 3:00, 3:30, 4:00 etc.). Make sure you are in good time if you wish to get a good position at the start area.

Helsinki City Marathon route was renewed in 2015 and it has received excellent feedback since then. In 2019 the route will be the same as in previous years. 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 8 km loop in the Southern end of the city and reaching all the way to Central Market Square, City Town Hall and the Esplanades. 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 runners are able to avoid hills towards the end of the race. The last eight kilometers of the route are run on flat, paved road. This makes the course smoother for the runners and helps them break their personal records. 

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 is under renovation until year 2020 and all Helsinki City Running Day races end at Telia 5G Areena just next door.

Garmin Helsinki City Marthon 2019 routemap

Garmin Helsinki City Marathon reittiprofiili elevation profile 2019

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