Summer half marathon in Helsinki follows the seaside of the city


In brief

The marker on the map indicates the city in which the race takes place and does not display the exact start or finish location.

12 June 2021 (Saturday)
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Number of participants: 3.000,
half marathon 2020 — 1.125
Course Record: 1:06:02 (half marathon) Getaye Gelaw, Ethiopia, 2019
Entry fee:
from €35 half marathon

The Helsinki Half Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Helsinki, Finland. The official name of the event is Helsinki Half Marathon. About 3.000 athletes take part in half marathon race and other competitions (1.125 finished half marathon in 2020).

Helsinki City Running Day (marathon and half marathon) is held in May, and in August you may run another Helsinki Marathon together with Half Marathon.

More about Helsinki and its attractions you may find here.

Helsinki Half Marathon 2020

Events and activities

Half Marathon race, 13.1mi/21.097km (Helsinki Half Marathon)

The half marathon race of 13.1mi/21.097km starts at 8:30 12 June 2021 (Saturday) from Töölönlahti park (Töölönlahden tapahtumapuisto) next to Finlandia Hall (Finlandia-talo) near the Töölö Bay.

Age limit: born in 2006 and earlier.

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A one-lap course of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 tracks through the streets of Helsinki, on Katajanokka island, along the shores of the bay Töölönlahti and the Gulf of Finland (Suomenlahti).

Course of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2020 with elevation map

Course of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2020 with elevation map

Course map animation, Helsinki Half Marathon 2018

The asphalt roads of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 are traffic free for the time of the race.

The start and finish for the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 is in Töölönlahti park (Töölönlahden tapahtumapuisto) next to Finlandia Hall (Finlandia-talo) near the Töölö Bay.

Start and finish zone, Helsinki Half Marathon 2018

Start and finish zone, Helsinki Half Marathon 2018

You may find the official course map of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 here.

The Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 participants are divided into starting blocks according to the expected finish time.

The time limit for completing the half marathon is 3 hours.

The pace makers of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 provide the necessary pace in order to finish within a certain time. The pace makers can be recognized by their outfits and flags marked with the corresponding finish time. Target times for half marathon are 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 hours.

6 water and nutrition stations are located on the half marathon route.

Before the start, you may leave your personal belongings from 7:00 till 12:00 12 June 2021 (Saturday) in the deposit area near the start zone. The stuff must be packed in a deposit bag; you should attach to your bag a sticker that has your race number on it. The sticker and the bag are included in your Race Pack along with your bib number.

The route of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 is certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).


You may sign up for races of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 online.

If slots are available you may sign up for the races 11—12 June 2021 (Friday and Saturday, including the race day) at the Race Office of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021.

The entry fee for the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021 varies depending on the date of purchase:
till 15 November 2020 — €35;
from 16 November 2020 till 7 January 2021 — €40.
The entry fee increases as the race day approaches.

25% discount is available for youth under 25 years old.

Elite runners get free entry.

You may defer your registration to the next year in case of health issue: till 12 May 2021 for a fee of €5, till 11 June 2021 for a fee of €10. Till 6 June 2021, you may transfer your registration to another person (with a surcharge not less than €5). Till 11 June 2021, you may transfer your entry fee to another #werunhelsinki event 2021 (with a surcharge not less than €5). More info is here.

Your Half Marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number with time measuring chip
  • Goody bag
  • Bag deposit
  • Food and beverages stations along the course and after the race
  • Pace maker service
  • Music and performance groups along the course
  • Finisher medal
  • Changing facilities
  • Online race results
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • Medical aid if necessary

You may order at extra charge Race T-shirt (€12).

You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number at the Race Office of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021. Please check the location of the Race Office on the event website.
Pick-up desks schedule:
11 June 2021 (Friday) from 12:00 till 20:00,
12 June 2021 (Saturday) on race day from 7:00.

To get your Race Pack you should show your ID with photo, confirmation letter.

You may authorize another person to collect your Race Pack. The collecting person needs to present your confirmation letter, a copy of your ID.

No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Helsinki Half Marathon 2021.

Race Results 2020*

Men (half marathon)
1. Morten Sætha (NOR) 01:10:27
2. Juuso Simpanen (FIN) 01:12:52
3. Simo-Pekka Fincke (FIN) 01:13:26

Women (half marathon)
1. Karina Helmane-Sorocenkova (LAT) 01:19:32
2. Katja Tikkanen (FIN) 01:27:52
3. Kristel Rugemalira (EST) 01:29:54

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Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact Information and Links

Organizer’s address:
Helsinki Half Marathon Oy
Kap Hornin katu 7
00220 Helsinki
tel. +358 50 57 402 67

Social media:

* The race information is from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information. If you see any mistake, please write to

Weather during Previous Races

Date: 26 September 2020
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Temperature: 13°C – 18°C (55°F – 64°F)
Wind: 20 km/h (12 mph)
Date: 8 June 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Temperature: 17°C – 25°C (60°F – 76°F)
Wind: 10 km/h (7 mph)
Date: 9 June 2018
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 7°C – 18°C (45°F – 65°F)
Wind: 20 km/h (11 mph)

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Flight to Helsinki

From your nearest airport (based on your IP):

Prices are for round trip flights 10 June 2021 — 13 June 2021. Price information is automatically renewed. You may check flight prices for other dates here or use the search form in the right upper column (desktop).

You may use public transport, taxi, or preordered transfer to get to Helsinki from Helsinki Airport (HEL) and back.

If over the past 6 years your flight within European Union, Turkey or to these countries was delayed for more than 3 hours or cancelled, if you missed a connection flight because of delay, if you were denied boarding because of overbooking you are eligible for compensation of 125—600 € according to European Commission Regulation 261/2004 and Turkish Regulation On Air Passenger Rights. You may check your case for free here, it takes 2 minutes. No fee is charged until the compensation is paid.


Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.

Hotels in Helsinki

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Tours and Excursions

Other Races in June 2021

M — Marathon, 42.195 km
H — Half Marathon, 21.097 km

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