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Race previews Helsinki Half Marathon

17 February 2020, 12pm

An invitation to Finland’s hidden gem

Take part in Helsinki’s story

Helsinki Half Marathon
Sat 6 June 2020

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The Helsinki Half Marathon is organised by runners for runners: we are a team of current and ex-professional runners who do it purely for the love of running.

We do it because we want you all to experience the best that running can offer. Competing against yourself, getting mentally and physically stronger and above all challenging yourself while enjoying what you are doing.

As runners we had run in many races but there was something we missed in Finland: an internationally interesting race. We created the Helsinki Half Marathon to offer a glimpse of the wider world that we felt was missing in Finnish races.

The first Helsinki Half Marathon in 2014 had around 1500 runners with just a few international entries. Now, with the 7th HHM coming up, we attract around 25% of all 4000 foreign participants that come to Finland.

Let us give you some reasons to become one of those runners.

Helsinki is a hidden gem between fancy Sweden and outsize Russia – but what does it have to offer? It is full of parks, natural scenery and coastline and the sea plays a big role in the landscape and life of the city. These things put a smile on our faces.

HHM takes you through the best parts of Helsinki: the coastline, parks and new urban areas. The course starts from the famous Finlandia Concert Hall and follows the coastline past the traditional Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral and new urban areas before the finish back at Finlandia Hall.

The race is a good enough reason to visit Helsinki – but there is also the midnight sun. In early June the sun rises at 04.01 and sets at 22:37 – and only slips gently below the horizon so that there are just a few slightly darker hours each day.

Enjoy the early morning sunrise, a dip in the sea and a sauna then picnic in one of Helsinki’s many parks or take a ferry to one of the islands just offshore.

We aim to take care of our runners. There are several hydration stations on the course, many cheering zones to support you and pacers helping to usher you home.

We have pacers for all pedigrees of runner. You choose your goal: to get through the race or to run a personal best – and we will help you to achieve it.

The Kids’ Run Helsinki HHM is offers distances of 500m–1000m for all the younger runners.

Helsinki Half Marathon is the main running event in the city’s summer sporting calendar. It will show you the best of our capital and offer you the best running conditions, but more than that: it will give you an unforgettable experience.

Accept our invitation to take part in our story and we will be more than happy to be part of your story.

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