Starting in 2018, Helsinki’s blue ribbon running events will be combined into one day.
Races will include a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5km street race, and a mini-marathon event for children, and take place on 19th May under a new branding banner as ‘Helsinki City Running Day’.
“By combining all Helsinki City Running Events, we are creating a running festival like no other in Finland. Helsinki Running Day will gather the beginners and elite runners to compete and to exceed oneself” Finnish Athletics Federation CEO Jarmo Mäkelä said in a press release.
Another aim of the restructured races is to save money. Organizers say that staging a full marathon as an individual event is getting more and more expensive, especially since the number of marathon runners in Finland is declining.
“Globally, many mid-size marathons also organize shorter distances in conjunction with the full length marathon” says Mäkelä.