How about a fast 5k, 10k or 15k on awesome running routes in Helsinki Central Park under the midsummer sun? Or maybe 10k on more challenging forest trails? You can do them both in the last weekend of June!
Helsinki Central Park Run 28.6.2019
The Helsinki Central Park Run has become a traditional summer event for Runner’s High. The races have been organized every year since 2012 and are mainly run on dirt roads around central park. The race event center is at Paloheinän Ulkoilumaja. The event is open to everyone, and every year there is a wide range of participants from beginners to national level top runners. If this sounds good, then you only have to choose one of the three distances: 5k, 10k or 15k. “As always, the route of the Helsinki Central Park Run is mostly flat dirt road, but about 20 % of the surface is asphalt. There is no reason to make changes to a good route, so it will be the same as in 2018. As all the participants of earlier events know, there are no heavy hills, so the event is a great opportunity for running personal records at shorter distances” says Tapani Virtanen, the route master of the Helsinki Central Park Run.
Helsinki Trail Run 29.6.2019
Trail running is also part of the event. The Helsinki Trail Run is a great introduction to the trail running world for beginners, but it also provides enough of a challenge for more experienced trail runners. The 10k route goes mainly along trails in the forests of central park. Route master of the Helsinki Trail Run, Aki Nummela, compliments the beauty of the trails at Helsinki central park. “The Helsinki Trail Run offers the most spectacular trails and summer landscape of Helsinki central park, and we also should not forget all the harrowing uphills either. Climping up to the Paloheinä hill is definitely one the highlights of the route, of course. I promise there will be challenges for everyone”. Once again, the route of Helsinki Trail Run remains the same as in 2018. Feedback from runners has been very positive, so a similar wonderful trail running experience is also waiting for you in summer 2019.
Can’t decide between these two awesome races? No worries, you can choose both! The Paloheinä Double combines the 10k run on Friday, June 28 at the Helsinki Central Park Run and the 10k trail run on Saturday, June 29 at the Helsinki Trail Run, offering a combined registration fee at a reduced price.
Helsinki Central Park Run on 28 June 2019 (link to the website)
Helsinki Trail Run on 29 June 2019 (link to the website)
Written by Tero Forsberg | Photos (above) by Jarmo Koskela and Runner’s High