Helsinki City Running Day brings together the most significant running events of Finland May 19th 2018. Helsinki City Marathon is organized for the 38th time – now first time in May. Helsinki City Run Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and 5 km Helsinki City 5 km Street Run take place the same day. Previous news about the #HCRD18 can be read here.

Working hard behind the schenes

Runners around the world are anxiously waiting to hear more details of the different events taking place May 19th. Helsinki City Running Day is organized by Finnish Athletics Federation and three sports clubs: Helsingin Kisa-Veikot, Helsingin Poliisivoimailijat and Viipurin Urheilijat. The specific details will be launched as soon as they are approved by officials. This way we avoid letting runners down with false information and serve the runners the best. Each event page is updated as information is validated.
So far confirmed: 
2018 routes

Helsinki City Marathon (HCM) route is kept about the same than in the previous 3 years. The start takes place at the statue of the legend Paavo Nurmi. The route is beautiful, shows the best sides of the Scandinavian nature and takes the runners into the city of Helsinki. The route has received excellent feedback in previous years.

Helsinki City Marathon Relay is a new event connected with the marathon. Marathon Relay takes uses the same route than HCM. Relay exchange areas are located on the side of the marathon route.

Sportyfeel Helsinki City Run Half Marathon (HCR) will have a totally new route 2018. It will also join the marathon route for the main part of the race added with a short loop at the beautiful Central Park of Helsinki. This way HCR will change into more urban route and is able to show the most beautiful parts of Helsinki to the runners.

Helsinki City 5 Street Run route goes along the marathon route. Childrens’ Chiquita Minimarathon route is kept the same than 2017 starting from the Eläintarha Athletics Field and finishing at Telia 5 G Arena.
The finish line of all events is at the Telia 5G Arena. All routes are measured by the AIMS approved measurer. HCM and HCR are AIMS member events.

The exact routes and schedules are planned in close co-operation with the city officials and police. All routes, route maps and times are confirmed after the green light has been received from the officials.


The starting times and schedules are confirmed as soon as possible. This is the approximate schedule for the event days.

Childrens’ Minimarathon starts the event day May 19th at 9:00. Sportyfeel Helsinki City Run Half Marathon will start before noon time (12:00). Helsinki City Marathon, Marathon Relay and Helsinki City 5K start in the afternoon.

Competition office and Running Expo are open for the bib pick up and other services on Friday May 18th and Saturday 19th of May. 

Running events start at different times. Routes and starting times are planned in a way which guarantees that there will not be insufficient crowds. Some events take place simultaneously, but the runners do not meet during the race – exception being Helsinki City Marathon and Marathon Relay which are taking place partly at the same time.

Questions or concerns?

As our Helsinki City Running day is a totally new launch we want to serve our runners the best possible way. If you have any concerns regarding our race please write us email at

If you have already registered to Helsinki City Runille 2018 but would like to transfer to another event, please contact us. You are able to transfer the registration to another event and only the price difference must be paid at the registration moment.  

In case you have transferred you Helsinki City Marathon participation to 2018 with a cancellation insurance and provided us the doctor certificate but are unable to participate in May, please contact us.

How do I find more information on specific event?

More information, rules and registration information can be found from these pages:
Sportyfeel Helsinki City Run Half Marathon  
Helsinki City Marathon  
Helsinki City Marathon Relay
Helsinki City 5
Chiquita Minimarathon
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