By Petri Huhtala
Terwa Run & Marathon will be held on May 20th, 2017 in Oulu, which is Finland’s fifth-largest city. YMCA Oulu has organized the event annually since 1989, so this will be the 29th edition of the event, whose popularity has quite rapidly increased during the past ten years. It attracts runners from every corner of Finland — increasingly from abroad also — and it is the biggest running event in Northern Finland.
Oulu is easy to reach from anywhere in Finland or the world. In addition to traveling by car, you can also travel to Oulu by bus, train or plane. There are plenty of choices for accommodation in Oulu. The event center is located at the Raatti athletic stadium complex, which is within walking distance of downtown hotels and restaurants.
2017 will be a special year because the event is officially part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence. It will be an important year for Finland, full of events created through joint efforts. Our anniversary event will be held in late May, probably the best time of the year to run a marathon in Oulu, as the average maximum temperature on race day is around 15 degrees. In addition to the full marathon, three other races will take place: a 10K and half marathon distance, both held in conjunction with the full marathon, plus a free minimarathon for children, held the evening before main event.
The start line is located just outside the Raatti stadium, and the finish line is inside the stadium. Marathon runners complete the 21.1 km route twice, and the course is relatively flat and fast. The difference between the highest and the lowest point is only 15 meters, so it is an easy course for debut marathoners and a perfect opportunity to improve your personal best. It safely runs along paved pedestrian and bicycle ways along a very scenic waterfront, over several bridges and through the peaceful neighborhoods of Oulu. The course distances have been measured by a certified measurer of the Finnish Athletics Federation.
Participant material will include a special Finland 100 theme t-shirt and, after crossing the finish line, every runner will receive a unique Finland 100 medal. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the overall top five winners of both genders and also to the first three age division winners. All participants can enjoy free entry to the Raatti stadium swimming hall after the race; the hall will be open until 7pm on race day. The nightlife of the city is vivid and varied, so surely everyone can easily find a delightful setting and good company to celebrate their personal achievements after the event on Saturday evening and night!
Running is an everyman sport, and we want to attract all kinds of runners to our event. It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are, what you look like, how much you weigh or how experienced a runner you are — all are warmly welcome to our event! For more information about the event and the city of Oulu, please visit: www.terwamaraton.fi and www.visitoulu.fi/en/home/.
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