The first Saturday in August is a perfect evening for a twilight run or walk! Mark the date on your calendar – the next Helsinki Twilight Run & Walk will be held on the 3rd of August 2019. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a top runner, there is something for everyone. If you feel like running, you can choose between a 10k and a 1/2-marathon. If you prefer walking, the 5k Walk is for you.
From Runner’s Twilight to Twilight Run & Walk
The history of the Helsinki Twilight Run & Walk goes back to the summer of 2012. The organizer of the event, Runner’s High, born in early 2011, wanted to create a new running experience in Helsinki. The first Runner’s Twilight was held on the 20th of July 2012 at Pirkkola Sport Park in Helsinki. The distances at the original event were 10k and half marathon, but in 2014 a few brave runners finished a marathon.
In the summer of 2016 the event was moved from Pirkkola to Hietaniemi, and the name was changed to the Helsinki Twilight Run & Walk. Additionally, a new event, the 5k Walk joined the program. The renewed 10k course follows a beautiful coastline to the spectacular Hietaniemi Beach. Half Marathon runners get to enjoy the course twice.
Kids Run Helsinki Beach
There is also something for the kids, of course! The Kids Run Helsinki Beach is a fun running event for kids under 13, and takes place before the Twilight Run & Walk at Hietaniemi Beach. Girls and boys up to 7 years will run one 400 meter lap, and older kids two laps.
Helsinki Twilight Run and Walk on 3 August 2019 (link to the website)
Written by Tero Forsberg | Photo (above) by Kimmo Lindeman