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Welcome to take part in the anniversary race at the 27th Paavo Nurmi Marathon! The event will take place on 18 August. You can also participate via social media. Share your running related pictures on social media using the hashtag #PNM2018. The latest updates and news can be found on the Paavo Nurmi Marathon Facebook page. We wish you good luck for your training and an enjoyable race!

Please notice that this is the participant’s guide for 2017. Next year’s guide will be published during the spring 2018.

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Contact details
If this page does not answer your questions you can contact the event office via email at info@paavonurmisports.fi or by calling +358 440 627 973.

Schedule
Friday 30.6
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm The event office is open
Saturday 1.7
9:00 am – 3:30 pm The event office is open
10:30 am Late entry to the marathon and half marathon closes
11:15 am Race number collection for the marathon and half marathon ends
11:30 am Warm-up
12:00 pm START MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
3:00 pm Late entry to the 10K closes
3:30 pm Race number collection for the 10K ends
3:40 pm Warm-up
4:00 pm START 10K
6:00 pm The finish line closes

 

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your entry fee or the payment has not yet been registered, or 2) when registering you requested that your details would not be published.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. the office is open on Friday 30 June at 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm and on Saturday 1 July at 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Race number collection for pre-registered HALF MARATHON AND MARATHON RUNNERS ends at 11:15 am and LATE ENTRY ends at 10:30 am. Race number collection for pre-registered 10K RUNNERS ends at 3:30 pm and LATE ENTRY ends at 3:00 pm. The event office is located at the state office building Valtion virastotalo next to Turku City Theatre at the address Itsenäisyydenaukio. You will receive your running number as a text message on Friday if you entered your mobile number when registering for the race. Having your running number at hand will speed up the process of picking up your race pack. Your number is also in the beginning of this letter.

Do you have to defer your entry until next year?
If you have to defer your entry until next year because of injury or illness and you have paid the cancellation fee, please send a doctor’s note to info@paavonurmisports.fi. You can defer your entry either before or after the event.

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 and Turku City Theatre. The event office is located in Valtion virastotalo, while storage facilities, showers, finishers’ services and the massage point are located at Paavo Nurmi Stadium. The start and finish zones are located on Itäinen Rantakatu between Turku City Theatre and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art.

Race pack
The race pack should be picked up from the event office. The pack includes your race bib, safety pins, timing chips attached to the race bib, and a technical t-shirt from KARHU (which can be picked up from the t-shirt collection point in the event office). Someone else can also pick up your race pack on your behalf by giving your name and running number.

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Rules
By registering for the Paavo Nurmi Marathon you agree to follow the rules of the event. You can find the rules here.

Series
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
Prizes will be given to the top five in the open class and the tops three in the age classes. The top five in the 10 km race will also be given prizes. The open class is the order of finishing the race. The prize giving will take place according to this preliminary schedule: approx. 1:30 pm Half marathon men approx. 1:40 pm Half marathon women approx. 2:50 pm Marathon men approx. 3:10 pm Marathon women approx. 4:40 pm 10 km men approx. 4:50 pm 10 km women. Prizes for the age classes can be collected according to the result list from the prize giving point in front of Valtion virastotalo once the results have been confirmed.
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.

Running time
The maximum running time for the marathon is six hours. The organisers 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 ten kilometres is two hours.

Medal and t-shirt
All participants will receive a technical t-shirt by Karhu, and all finishers will receive a finisher’s medal. All finishers will also receive a Karhu Finisher t-shirt, which you can collect by showing your running number at the food stand on Paavo Nurmi Stadium.

Arriving in Turku and parking
Please familiarise yourself with the route and the event area here. General guidance for those arriving in Turku: The start and finish areas are located in the centre of Turku, east of the River Aura. There are few large car parks in the city centre. Other events and normal Saturday traffic mean that the centre will be busy. Good places to park are: All car parks in the city centre. We recommend arriving early to make sure that you find a parking spot. 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 river bank 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 Paavo Nurmi Stadium. The area also has changing rooms and showers. You can leave your things in storage for the duration of your run. You should mark your possessions with your running number, and they can only be collected by a person carrying the bib with the same number. The storage facilities are offered free of charge to runners, and they are open 9:00 am –7:30 pm on race day. 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).

Start
Please make sure you are at the correct start. The marathon and half marathon start at 12:00 pm, and the warm-up starts at 11:35 am in the start area. The start for the ten kilometre race is 4:00 pm. At the start of the race you must pass through the start gates to that the timing chip attached to your race bib can start recording your race.

Pacers
Pacing is offered for the following half marathon finishing times: 1:45.00, 1:50.00, 1:55.00, 2:00.00, 2:10.00, 2:15.00, 2:20.00 ja 2:30.00. The pacing for the marathon: 3:30.00, 3:40.00, 3:50.00, 4:00.00, 4:20.00, 4:30.00, 4:40.00 ja 5:00.00. The organisers reserve the right to changes. There are no pacers for the ten kilometre distance.

Finish
You have to run through the four metres wide finishing gates in order 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 finisher’s medal. After the finish there is a drinks station serving water and Maxim sports drinks. Other services provided for finishers are located 300 metres from the finish line at Paavo Nurmi Stadium.

Services for finishers at Paavo Nurmi Stadium
In addition to storage facilities and changing rooms, Paavo Nurmi Stadium also offers the following services:
– Muscle care/ Physiotherapy students from Turku University of Applied Sciences
– Finisher t-shirt collection (given to marathon finishers who show their race number)
– Food distribution

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 drinks station. If you have special medical needs, please write these 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 organisational committee is in charge of the first aid arrangements at the Paavo Nurmi Marathon. The first aid is carried out by Mehiläinen and the Finnish Red Cross.

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

Drinks stations
The drinks provided at the Paavo Nurmi Marathon are water and Maxim Sports Drink. It is a good idea to get used to the orange flavoured sports drink during training. On the second lap of the marathon there will also be oranges, bananas and gherkins available at drinks stations, among other things.
Drinks stations on the half marathon and the first lap of the marathon:
4.2 km / Varvintori Square
7.0 km / The harbour, Ruissalo bridge / SPONGE STATION
9.7 km / Turku University Botanical Garden
12.3 km / The People’s Park / SPONGE STATION
15.0 km / The harbour, Ruissalo bridge / SPONGE STATION
18.6 km / Varvintori square

Drinks stations on the second lap of the marathon:
21.8 km / Linnankatu, Barker Park
25.5 km / The harbour, Ruissalo bridge / SPONGE STATION
28.2 km / Turku University Botanical Garden
31.7 km / Honkapirtti crossroads on the way back
33.7 km / The People’s Park / SPONGE STATION
36.5 km / The harbour / SPONGE STATION
39.8 km / Varvintori Square

Drinks station for the 10K:
4.1 km / Barker Park
7.5 km / Varvintori Square

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 race, these must be brought to the event office by 11:00 am on 1 July and placed in the crates provided in the tent in front of the office. The bottles must be clearly labelled with NUMBER OF DRINKS STATION / KM and the running number of the participant. At the two-lined drinks station personal drinks are always placed on the right hand side. Personal drinks can only be provided for the half marathon and the marathon.

Spectators
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.

Course
The courses of all three distances at the Paavo Nurmi Marathon 2017 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 organisers are in charge of the supervision of the course, with support from the police. In some places vehicles may have to be let through in between the runners in order to keep traffic moving. Participants must follow traffic instructions given by the organisers at all times. 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.

Sales
At the event office there will be presentations and sales by the organisers 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 organisers.

Feedback for the organisers
The organisers 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 info@paavonurmisports.fi.

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 are able to 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 kilometre 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 in itself 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 a sufficient amount of fluids is particularly important in hot weather. Do try to normalise your diet approximately 24 hours before the race.

Clothing
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 particular 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.

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