The fastest Finnish half marathon runners are joining the Finland's biggest half marathon in large numbers.

- The faster and flatter route will offer great competition for the fastest runners, says the Event Director Markku Haverinen.

There are many new changes made in this year’s event. The route is flatter and faster than ever before. Women and men series have price money for the first time.

The official registration to Helsinki City Run Half Marathon taking place May 13th is officially ending on Saturday April  15th 2017 at 23:59. All runners who register by the official deadline are guaranteed all benefits and a place at the largest half marathon in Finland. Congratulations on your good decision – you are supporting children and adults in Finnish track & field clubs with your participation.


As the year 2016 is coming to an end, it’s a great time to make a new year’s resolution for 2017.
Finland is now a hot destination on the global radar for tourism! Lonely Planet has ranked Finland third in its Best in Travel 2017 Guidebook in the category Top Countries – Ten destinations you cannot afford to miss. Lonely Planet sums it up perfectly: ‘There’s never been a better time to discover Finland’s proudly unique culture and landscapes’.

Finland’s largest half marathon, Helsinki City Run, is making many changes that take place in next year’s event. The most relevant change concerning runners is related to the route. Also the start of the race has a new location. Helsinki City Run takes place May 13th 2017.
In 2016 over 12 000 runners ran a renewed and more urban route than before. About 2/3 of the route was ran on the city streets and 1/3 in the Helsinki’s Central park. This change was widely praised by the runners.

Finnish Student Sports Federation (OLL) board has processed the applications for the Finnish Student Championships 2017 and granted the following rights:

The Helsinki City Runners walk through a tunnel from Sonera Stadium to the start area of the Helsinki City Run halfmarathon. Runners are encouraged to walk briskly through the tunnel. You may not stop in the tunnel and it is not to be used as a rain cover or bag drop place.

Please walk along in the tunnel and do not cause any delays. In case the tunnel gets crowded it may be closed due to safety reasons. We ask for your understanding – this way all runners are going to make it to the starting area on time.

Have a great race!

Helsinki City Run and Marathon´s new registration and result service system Ultimate Sport Service will provide online results and tracking services available to all runners and followers on race day.

LIVE results on the internet
All results are updated LIVE during the event on this link. Runners will get online certificate from result page also after they have finished.

The meeting point is located outside the Sonera Stadium, in the corner nearest to the Urheilukatu (the road passing the Stadium), at the Olympic Stadium’s end. Meeting point area is called Power Zone and offers also services from the partners.

Do you already have a sign to cheer your friends on? Come to the Power Zone and make your own at the Garmin stand. At the same time you can check out the newest Garmin running computers.

Power Zone’s music is provided by Radio Nova and Oku Luukkanen.

Helsinki City Run is getting closer! In the link below we have collected an information package in English for the foreign runners. This package will make your participation in HCR smooth and you can enjoy the day as much as possible. All the attached information and much more is also available on these webpages.

HCR Team is excited that we have so many foreign runners this year! You are warmly welcome and we look forward to meeting you next week!


Helsinki City Run and LiiKe Sports & Development collect old running shoes during HCR 2016. The recycled shoes are donated to Tanzanian girl schools in Mtwara-Mikindan region.

The girls in the chosen schools are having many obstacles to continue their studies. Early marriages and the poverty of the families have led to many school dropouts.