Finland is not only worth a trip thanks to the Northern Lights and the thousands of lakes.

You shouldn't miss out on one or two running events in the safest country in the world. After all, you have the choice of beautiful countryside runs, but also atmospheric city marathons.

The land of running legends

Along with ice hockey and cross-country skiing, track and field is one of the most important popular sports in Finland. Paavo Nurmi and Lasse Virén, for example, are absolute running legends. Paavo Nurmi was considered almost unbeatable after the First World War. He won three gold medals and one silver medal at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp. However, he was to provide historic moments in 1924, when he ran to five Olympic victories at the Olympic Games in Paris. He achieved these five Olympic victories in just four days. On one day, he even achieved Olympic victories in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters within two hours. He was not even nominated for the 10,000-meter race at the time because the federation feared Nurmi would tire. Over this distance, however, he set a world record of 30:06.2 minutes just a few weeks after the Olympic Games. But it was only one of many. Because in the course of his career he achieved numerous other world records.

Lasse Virén's great era was to follow a few decades later. In 1972 and 1976, he achieved something that only Mo Farah managed afterwards. Lasse Virén won the gold medals in the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters at two consecutive Olympic Games. This feat was achieved before only Emil Zatopek (1948 and 1952) and after that only Mo Farah (2012 and 2016).

Traditional running events in Finland are held mainly in the capital Helsinki.

The biggest running events in Finland

Helsinki hosts the Helsinki City Marathon in the spring. The running event has been held annually since 1981. In Turku, on the other hand, a marathon in honor of Paavo Nurmi is held in the summer. The event is called the Paavo Nurmi Marathon.

The date of the IRONMAN 70.3 Lahti is much sought after by triathletes. Unusually for races of the IRONMAN series, the competition there will only start in the afternoon, so that many participants will reach the finish under the midnight sun. Definitely an extraordinary event.

The Nuuksio Classic Trail in Espoo is also extraordinary. On this ultra trail you discover the most beautiful sides of Finland on a 70 kilometer long route. Much shorter, but at least as strenuous, is the Red Bull 400 in Lahti, a 400-meter mountain run up the ski jump in Lahti. The Red Bull 400 series is held in many countries around the world, including Finland.

All Running Races in Finland (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2024 in Finland

Finlandia Hiihto Lahti

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Lahti
Distance of the race 65 km / 32 km / 20 km

Lahti ➤ Skispringen-Weltcup

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Lahti
Distance of the race Einzel Herren / Einzel Damen / Team

Lahti ➤ Langlauf-Weltcup

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Lahti
Distance of the race 20 km / Sprint / Team-Sprint

Jyväskylä Skimarathon

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Vaajakoski
Distance of the race 50 km / 30 km

Vuokatti Hiihto

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vuokatti
Distance of the race 100 km / 50 km / 30 km / 10 km

Helsinki City Running Day

 
2
Date of the race | 17.05.2025 (Termin vom Veranstalter bestätigt) 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Helsinki
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 1 km

Terwa Marathon

 
Date of the race | 24.05.2025 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Oulu
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Finland

 
1
Date of the race | 16:00 Uhr
Location of the race Lahti
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz

Nuts Ylläs Pallas

 
Date of the race | 12:00 Uhr
Location of the race Äkäslompolo
Distance of the race 160 km (3.112 Hm) / 100 km / 66 km / 37 km / 15 km

Challenge Turku

 
1
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Turku
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Spritn / Challnge4All / Kinder

Paavo-Nurmi-Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 12:00 Uhr
Location of the race Turku
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Helsinki Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Helsinki
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 1 km / 0,5 km

Red Bull 400 Lahti

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Lahti
Distance of the race 400 Höhenmeter

Nuuksio Classic Trail Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Espoo
Distance of the race 70 km / 42,2 km

Ruskamarathon Lapissa

 
1
Date of the race | 12:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kittilä
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 6,5 km

Aland Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Mariehamn
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

U23-EM Leichtathletik

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Espoo
Distance of the race 10 km / 5 km / 3.000 m Hindernis / 1,5 km / 0,8 km / 0,4 km / 0,2 km / 0,1 km

Ruka ➤ Langlauf-Weltcup

 
Date of the race | 17:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kuusamo
Distance of the race 20 km / 10 km / Sprint

Kontiolahti ➤ Biathlon-Weltcup

 
Date of the race | 13:15 Uhr
Location of the race Kontiolahti
Distance of the race Einzel / Staffel / Sprint / Verfolgung

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