The Helsinki City Marathon celebrates its 40th anniversary

The major marathon of Helsinki, Garmin Helsinki City Marathon will celebrate its 40th anniversary on May 16th, 2020. The Helsinki City Marathon was organized for the very first time in 1981 and it has always been the most international and largest marathon event in Finland. In 2018, the Helsinki City Marathon’s date changed from August to May, and since that the Helsinki City Marathon has been organized in May part of the Helsinki City Running Day.

The route with a beautiful sea view and the city center
The Helsinki City Marathon route was renewed in 2015 and it has received excellent feedback since then. The route has been planned based on the feedback from the runners, in close cooperation with the City of Helsinki. The route is relatively flat and comfortable to run. Furthermore, the runners can avoid hills towards the end of the race. Moreover, the last eight kilometers of the route are run on flat, paved road which makes the course smoother and helps runners to break their personal records. The Garmin Helsinki City Marathon’s route offers beautiful views of the sea, Helsinki’s city center and parks.

Six running events on the same day with 15 000 runners
The Helsinki City Running Day attracts 15 000 runners from 80 nations and combines the largest running events in Finland into one day. Last year the event attracted over 1600 international runners and in 2020 it will most likely to increase. In the Helsinki City Running Day there is something for everyone: Finland’s largest half marathon Helsinki City Run, the 40th Garmin Helsinki City Marathon, Helsinki City Marathon Relay, the short but sweet Helsinki City 5 and the adorable kids’ Minimarathon. Moreover, completing the half marathon and marathon on the same day is possible in Helsinki City Double.

Welcome to Helsinki on May 16th, 2020
The Helsinki City Running Day wishes you a warm welcome to experience beautiful Helsinki in fresh spring weather (average in May +15 C), with great atmosphere and great service. We hope to have you in Helsinki in May and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Helsinki City Marathon!