Welcome to participate in the 30th Paavo Nurmi Marathon

This letter includes important information about your participation in the 30th Paavo Nurmi Marathon.


The event will take place on 20st and 21nd of August. 
You can also participate via social media. 
Share your running related pictures on social media using the hashtag #paavonurmimarathon. 
The latest updates and news can be found on the Paavo Nurmi Marathon Facebook and Instagram.

We wish you good luck for the race!

Please note! This participant’s guide is not only for the runners of Paavo Nurmi Marathon but also for the runners of Aurajoen Yöjuoksu because this time these two events are the same. You are still able to postpone your participation to next year (by emailing us: and if you have already done so, you can ignore this letter. Due to the existing situation there will be a delay on our answers, so please be patient. In urgent cases you can call us: +358 44 5678 256.    


Welcome to participate in the 30th Paavo Nurmi Marathon! We have waited for the event weekend with the greatest excitement and we are happy to be able to organize the event which will be the highlight of the Finnish running summer. The overall COVID-19 situation in Finland is pretty good. However due to the exiting situation we will have to ask you to follow these rules when vising our event so that everyone can feel safe and happy to participate:

1.     If you arrive in Finland from a travel restricted country, it is recommended you self-quarantine for 14 days, so please don’t participate the event if you have lately arrived from a restricted country – not even without any symptoms. Check the list of the permitted countries here.

2.     If you or your close ones have any flu symptoms, please stay at home.

3.     Respect our staff and other runners by keeping the safety distance of 1–2 meters. Please remember to take care of the safety distance in any cases – also while running.

4.     Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue cough into your upper sleeve. Check here how to cough correctly.

5.     Take care of the good hand hygiene. There will be disinfectant everywhere in the event area.

6.     Finnish institute for health and welfare has recommended to wear a face mask in the public transport. We also recommend wearing a mask when visiting the event office, if it’s not possible to keep the safety distance of 1–2 meters.

7.     We will give you a face mask at the finish line and we kindly ask you to wear it while walking through the finish area to ensure the safe and health of you, our staff and other runners.

8.     The audience won’t be able to meet runners before the end of the finish line. We kindly ask the audience not to go to the finish area so that we can avoid congestions.

9.     Please follow the instructions given by the speakers. They will tell you how the starts will be happened. 

10.  Due to the existing situation we still offer you a change to postpone your participation to next year. Do it by emailing us to: During the event week there will be a delay on our answers, so please be patient, you will receive an answer for your cancelation/transfer at the latest during the week after the event. In urgent cases you can call us: +358 440 627 973.    

The opening schedule of the event office:
17.8. 12 pm – 7 pm (Intersport Hansa)
18.8. 10 am – 7 pm (Intersport Hansa)
19.8. 10 am­ – 7 pm (Interport Hansa)
20.8. 12 pm – 20 pm (Turku City Theatre, pick up your race number at the latest 45 minutes before the start)
21.8. 9 am – 12 pm (Turku City Theatre, pick up your race number at the latest 45 minutes before the start)

The schedule of the starts
Friday 20.8.
20.15 first start (your start group is in your bib number, please follow the instructions given by the speakers)
21.15 second start (your start group is in your bib number, please follow the instructions given by the speakers)

Saturday 21.8.
12–12.20 all the starts (your start group is in your bib number, please follow the instructions given by the speakers)

Is your name on the list of participants?
If you cannot find you name on the list of participants, it could be for one of the following reasons: 1) you have not paid your entry fee or the payment has not yet been registered, or 2) when registering you requested that your details would not be published. If neither of these reasons is likely and more than a week has passed since you registered for the event, please contact the event office.

How do you confirm your entry?
You can confirm your entry to the race and pick up your race pack at the event office.

Participation insurance 
Participants are not insured by the organizer. Each runner participates at their own risk.  

Do you have to defer your entry until next year?
Due to the existing situation we still offer you a change to postpone your participation to next year. Do it by emailing us to: During the event week there will be a delay on our answers, so please be patient, you will receive an answer for your cancelation/transfer at the latest during the week after the event. In urgent cases you can call us: +358 440 627 973.    


Where is the event area located?
The event area for the Paavo Nurmi Marathon is located on Itäinen Rantakatu, very close to the state office building Valtion Virastotalo. The event office is in Turku City theatre, and storage facilities are at the Paavo Nurmi stadium.

Race pack
The race pack should be picked up from the event office. The pack includes your bib number, safety pins and timing chips attached to the bib. To due to the existing situation this year the pack doesn’t include t-shirt. Someone else can also pick up your race pack on your behalf by giving your name and running number.

By registering for the Paavo Nurmi Marathon you agree to follow the rules of the event. 

5 km and 10 km: men and women, no age classes. Marathon and half marathon: Open Men and age classes (40-45-50-55-60-65-70+) and Open Women and age classes (35-40-45-50-55-60+). The open class is the finishing order of all runners. Please make sure to check your class before the race. Class changes taking place after the race will not be included in the list of results.

Prizes will be given to the top five in the open class and the top three in the age classes. The top five in the 5 km and 10 km race will also be given prizes. The prizes of the age classes will be posted after the event. This year the results are formed by net times due to the exceptional starting arrangement.

Running time
The maximum running time for the marathon is six hours. The organizers have the right to remove any runners from the course who have not passed the halfway point after three hours. The maximum running time for the half marathon is four hours. The maximum running time for five and ten kilometres is one hour 45 minutes.

Medal and t-shirt
Due to the existing COVID-19 situation we have to avoid contacts and that’s why there won’t be t-shirts nor medals this year.

Arriving in Turku and parking
Please familiarize yourself with the route and the event area here. General guidance for those arriving in Turku: The start and finish areas are in the center of Turku, east of the River Aura. There are few large car parks in the city center. Other events and normal Saturday traffic mean that the center will be busy. Good places to park are: All car parks in the city center. We recommend arriving early to make sure that you find a parking spot. If possible we recommend the use of public transportation to the city center. Maps of the area surrounding the sports grounds can be found e.g. here. Please note that the route from Itäinen Pitkäkatu over Samppalinna hill to the Aura riverbank will be closed from the morning of the event onwards. The car parks located near Valtion Virastotalo, Turku City Theatre and Samppalinna swimming pool are NOT at runners’ disposal.

Storage and changing rooms
Participants can store their things at the Paavo Nurmi stadium. Please mark your bag with your running number and place it in the storage area. You will get your things back by showing your bib number.

In connection to the storage facilities there is also paid storage for valuables (€5) where you can leave items that fit an A4-sized envelope (wallet, watch, keys, mobile phone).

Due to the hygiene reasons we are not able to offer you shower facilities this year. There will be tents for changing clothes.

Your start group is in your bib number. Please listen to the instructions given by the speakers carefully.

You must run through the finishing gates for the timing chip attached to your bib to record your finishing time. Once you have crossed the finish line you will be handed a mask. Please wear it, take your food bag and continue your way till you have passed the finish area. 

First aid
The first aid at the event has been arranged so that fixed first aid points are located at the start and finish areas and at every drinking station. If you have special medical needs, please write them down at the back of your race bib (diabetes, heart medicine etc.). If you fill in any medical details on the back of your bib, please also draw an X on the front of it. The organizational committee oversees the first aid arrangements at the Paavo Nurmi Marathon. The first aid is carried out by Mehiläinen and the Finnish Red Cross.

Toilets are available at each drinking station on the course. There are also several toilets on the event area.

Drinking stations
The drinks provided at the Paavo Nurmi Marathon are water and Maxim Sports Drink (taste: fresh orange).

Drinking stations on the half marathon and the first lap of the marathon:
2.5 km / Varvintori Square
5.3 km / The harbour, Ruissalo bridge
8.6 km / Turku University Botanical Garden
12.3 km / The People’s Park
15.1 km / The harbour, Ruissalo bridge
18.6 km / Varvintori square

Drinking stations on the second lap of the marathon:
21.2 km / Itäinen Rantakatu after the start line
24 km / Täkkiaukio
27.8 km / Varvintori square
30.5 km / Ruissalo Bridge
33.4 km / People’s park
36.1 km / Ruissalo Bridge
39.9 km / Varvintori square

Drinks station for the 10K:
5 km / Itäinen Rantakatu after the start line

Personal drinks
Personal drinks will be on a separate table after the tables with sports drinks and water. If you want to use your own drinks during the marathon and half marathon race, these must be brought to the event office by 11:00 am on 22th of August. The bottles must be clearly labelled with NUMBER OF DRINKS STATION / KM and the running number of the participant. At the two-lined drinking station personal drinks are always placed on the right-hand side. Personal drinks can only be provided for the half marathon and the marathon.

Members of the public are welcome to watch and support runners along the course. It is strictly forbidden to follow runners by car or bike on the marathon course. Only participants will be admitted to the harbour. Official cheering point is located on the pedestrian street of Yliopistonkatu. Please remember to keep the safety distance.

The courses of all three distances at the Paavo Nurmi Marathon 2020 have been officially measured. The Paavo Nurmi Marathon is an official, AIMS approved marathon event. See the maps here.

Results, timing and interval times
At the event, the timing system and results service UltimateSport Service is in use. Interval times will be measured at two different locations. The specific distances for the interval times will be advised with the results. The results will be published here.  

Supervision of the course
The organizers oversee the supervision of the course, with support from the police. In some place’s vehicles may have to be let through in between the runners in order to keep traffic moving. Participants must always follow traffic instructions given by the organizers. Please note that the harbour is a construction site, so e.g. internal rail traffic may occur.

Lost and found
Found items can be brought to the information desk at the event office. After the Paavo Nurmi Marathon these items will be stored at the event office for three weeks; enquiries can be made by phone +358 440 627 973. 

At the event office there will be presentations and sales by the organizers and partners of the event. It is forbidden to sell products or hand out products or brochures on the course or the event area without the permission of the organizers.

Feedback for the organizers
The organizers of the Paavo Nurmi Marathon would like to receive feedback on the course and the arrangements. You can provide your feedback at the event office or via email to

Preparing for the race
If you have one or more illnesses, please discuss this with your doctor ahead of time to make sure that you can take part in the race. Successfully completing a marathon requires a good level of fitness and regular training over a long period of time. If you cannot easily complete a 20–25 kilometers run one month before the race, the marathon is likely to be too painful and risky for you. Please choose a distance that matches your level of fitness.

Nutrition and hydration
If your diet is varied your performance will not be improved by taking on additional vitamins and micronutrients. Regular training will increase the energy supply in your muscles. In the week leading up to the marathon you should increase your intake of carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, grains and baked goods. While cutting down on the amount and intensity of your training and saving your energy for the effort ahead, do also remember to look after your hydration. Taking on enough fluids is particularly important in hot weather. Do try to normalise your diet approximately 24 hours before the race.

In hot weather it is recommended not to wear heavy or dark materials. Use tried and tested clothes and shoes. Do not wear brand new clothes or shoes for the marathon.

The day of the marathon
Do not participate in the race if your health is not at a normal level for any reason. If you are suffering from a cold and related muscle ache, have a fever, feel sick or are experiencing e.g. chest pain, dizziness or headaches you should not attempt the race.

Emergencies during the race
Emergencies are a threat to those whose health is not at its normal level. If you have a chronic condition (e.g. diabetes), remember to mark the front of your race bib with an X and write the details of your condition on the back of the bib (particularly any medication). Drink regularly throughout the race as often as you can. This is particularly important in order to retain performance in hot weather and to reduce the risk of your body overheating. If the weather is hot, please be more careful than usual at the start of the race. If you start to feel unusual tiredness, headaches or dizziness, take a break and seek out the first aiders. Heat exhaustion also depends on the humidity of the air. Salt tablets and using extra salt during the race increase the risk of heat exhaustion. THE BACK OF YOUR RACE BIB ALSO INCLUDES THE PHONE NUMBER OF THE EVENT CENTRE, which can be called in an emergency.

Welcome to Paavo Nurmi Marathon 2021!


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