Helsinki city run info


The age groups for Helsinki City Run are:

Men: Open, M40, M50 and M60

Women: Open, W35, W45 and W55

Each runner will be put in the age group automatically according to the date of birth information given while registering. The age used is the age of the runner on December 31st of the race year. In case the runner would like to participate in the open class, please inform the office by email ( before the event.

Every runner finishing within the three hours maximum running time will receive a HCR medal. The three best women and the three best men will be awarded with prize money. A prize ceremony will be held for the three best women and three men at the stadium after the race.

Also the fastest runner in each age group will be awarded with a product prize. They shall pick up their prizes from the competition office at Bolt Arena (former Telia 5G Arena) after the race.

Prize money for open category:
1. 1000€
2. 750€
3. 500€

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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! Helsinki City Run half marathon running numbers must be picked up before 10 AM on Saturday May 16th 2020.


Helsinki City Run Half Marathon entry fees 2020

17.-19.5.2019 32 €
20.5. – 31.7.35 €
1.8. – 17.9.39 €
18.9. – 31.10.44 €
1.11 – 25.11.49 €
26.11. – 31.12.54 €
1.1.-31.1.59 €
1.2. – 28.2.64 €
29.2. – 25.3.69 €
26.3. – 29.4.74 €
post-registration80 €

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Runners are divided into starting groups according to target times given while registering for the event. The start group number and colour will be printed to the personal bib numbers, and the runner must start with the group given. The organizer has the right to remove a runner if he or she is starting the race in a wrong group. A runner starting in a wrong group cannot be guaranteed neither a time nor a result. The organizer keeps the right to define and change the start groups if needed.

Runners can apply to the first start group with the registration. Runners to first start are selected by the race organizer so the fastest runners can compete against runners with the same spacing.

The starting corrals for 2020 will be informed for the runners before the event by email before the event. 

Start times:

1st group at 11:00

2nd group at 11:07

3rd group at 11:14

4th group at 11:21

5th group at 11:28

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There are 5 starting groups which start from Mäntymäentie near the HCRD Expo (Olympic Stadium). The first group starts at 11:00 and the following 4 groups 7 minutes after each other. The runners should be at the start area 10-15 minutes before the runner’s starting time. The runners head towards South. 

Helsinki City Run half marathon has a renewed route in 2020 with the finish at the Olympic Stadium!  The renewed route is now flatter and faster, avoiding some of the heaviest hills. The course runs in the same areas as before but in 2020 it will be run clockwise. Open the PDF-link below to get familiar with the beautiful course.

The route is marked properly at cross roads, and the route will go straight if no marking is provided. Kilometer signage is visible at every kilometer point. Competition officials and the police will oversee the runners and traffic. Helsinki CIty Run half marathon is AIMS sertificated race.

The finish line is located at the Olympic Stadium. 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 station serves the runners variety of drinks and snacks. Unfortunately special diets cannot be taken into consideration.

Helsinki City Run half marathon route 2020

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