Enjoy beautiful nature and amazing trails during the Vuokatti Trail Challenge!

By Glenn Tetteh and Marita Kaipainen At the beginning of September, Autumn is knocking on the door. However, before the trees start losing their leaves and the temperature drops, there are still several chilly summer days to enjoy. In the Kainuu region, which is known for their great variety of lakes, hills and forests, this is a great time to do all sorts of sports and activities in a delightful Finnish setting. Over the past few years, trail running has become an upcoming running trend also in Finland. Due to this the need for new routes has also increased. The…

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Järvestä järveen swimrun

By Kristiina Vaano Järvestä järveen swimrun - also known as lake to lake swimrun - will take place at Luukki (Espoo) on the 13th of August 2017. Participants will follow a clearly marked course alternating between running and swimming from lake to lake. The Start and Finish will be at the beautiful park of Luukki Mansion. The course length is approximately 13 km covering 7 lakes with a total swim distance of 2.2km. The course is divided into 11 swimming sections where the longest swimming distance is around 500m. The course is beautiful and diverse. Running sections include technical trails…

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Gain a unique running experience at the Raate Marathon for Finland´s big year 2017!

By Glenn Tetteh When you ask a runner in what kind of conditions he prefers to run, 99 out of a 100 times he will tell you that he likes to run on a chilly summer day, surrounded by beautiful nature and surroundings. At the end of August, when the Raate Marathon takes place, the summer is about to come to an end around the village of Suomussalmi, which was once the venue of one of the most legendary battles of the Winter´s war! The Raatteen Marathon has been organized for years to honor the veterans who fought battles along…

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Take it easy – come to Helsinki to run!

Helsinki has become an exciting tourist destination yearly attracting more and more visitors from all over the world. The clean air, beautiful nature, scenic marine environment, and peaceful Nordic atmosphere are the main attractions, which few cities can offer. There are so many reasons to fall in love with Helsinki. For those who love to run, Helsinki and the surrounding areas offer high quality international running events. Helsinki is easily reached from all over the world, so come join us for your next running adventure! After you have enjoyed your running event, Helsinki offers countless activities for runners and their…

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Kainuu Orienteering Week – an orienteering and holiday week for the whole family

By Jukka Liuha The event in general Kainuu Orienteering Week promises unique experiences in the varied terrain, rich culture and pristine natural environment in the Kainuu area. The week offers a versatile orienteering and holiday experience for both orienteering participants and spectators alike. The event attracts between 4000 to 10 000 participants and spectators annually, making it one of the most popular sporting events in Finland. The biggest week in its history was in 2013, when there were a total of 9166 participants across all categories. Since 1966 Kainuu Orienteering Week is an annual, international orienteering event that has been held in the Kainuu province…

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Finland offers great challenges for runners in 2017!

Saturday 31 December 2016 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’. The centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 will be the most significant commemorative year for this generation of…

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Terwa Run & Marathon is part of the Finland 100 programme in 2017

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…

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Vantaa Marathon – A fast marathon course near the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport

By Niko Yli-Jaakkola In terms of participants, the Vantaa Marathon is the second most popular full marathon in Finland. Runners can choose from three distances: full marathon, half marathon, or quarter marathon. Every year there are 1300–1600 runners who participate. The Vantaa Marathon course is rather fast. For example, in 2016 twenty-three participants completed the full marathon in less than three hours. However, achieving a course record is not easy as the men’s full marathon record is 2:13:36 and the women’s is 2:43:11. As for the half marathon, the men’s and women’s records are respectively 1:06.30 and 1:14:08. The Vantaa…

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Helsinki City Marathon took place in the marathon runners’ dream weather – winners from Kenya and Germany

Kenyan Magut Robert Kimaru won the men's series and Anna Herzberg from Germany the women's series at the Helsinki City Marathon in 2016. Kimaru won the race in a marathon runner’s dream weather of +16 degrees with time of 2:27:31, and Herzberg in 2:56:29. The Helsinki City Marathon, which, with 3500 participants, is the largest marathon in Finland. The other running events held on the same day, the Helsinki Street Run and Minimarathon added some 2500 runners to the running crowd. The Helsinki City Marathon is one of the rare marathons that takes place in August, which is known as a hot…

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The biggest running event in Eastern Finland – Kuopio Maraton

By Iisa Manninen Kuopio Maraton (2 September 2017) is the largest running event in Eastern Finland, filling the streets of Kuopio with runners and spectators every autumn. The event takes place in Kuopio city, located in the region of Northern Savonia, which is known as the cultural centre of Eastern Finland and a very popular outdoor recreation area. The event is held during the optimal Finnish running weather: the best running temperature in Finland is in autumn, when the warmest ‘heat wave‘ has already passed. The 20th Kuopio Maraton features the categories of marathon, half marathon and 10K run/walk, with…

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