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Rovaniemi Marathon

Quick facts

Location Rovaniemi, Finland

Distance Marathon

Date July

About Rovaniemi Marathon

The Rovaniemi Marathon is organized by Lapland’s long-distance running club – the Arctic Marathon Club. Members have travelled to marathons throughout the world and would now like to offer other international runners a unique marathon experience on their home turf – Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland.

The heart of the marathon has always been top-notch services for runners. This year’s event features a flat course that offers good finishing times for those out to set a new PR. The start and finish are near Lordi Square – the heart of town and mere steps from your hotel and a shower. Santa Claus himself will be firing the starting gun, sending you south past the city’s cultural and administrative center –  the work of Alvar Aalto – onto a route treating you to a suburban panorama that is never far from the Kemijoki River, Finland’s largest.

 At the finish every runner gets a meal and a chance to cool off with a dip in the river or the city pool. Admission to the pool – also no more than a short walk from the finish line – is free for runners. After the marathon, runners are welcome to enjoy the Jutajaiset Folk Music Festival. The wide range of concerts offers something special for marathoners and non-runners alike. 

Practicalities

Aid Stations

The route has water stations every 4 to 5 kilometers.

Award Medals

All participants who finish the race will receive a marathon medal in the finish area.

Refreshments

Water, energy drink, pickled cucumber and raisins are served at the stations.

Rovaniemi Marathon Route Map

Rovaniemi Marathon Route Map

Start:

Rovaniemi City Centre

Rovaniemi, Finland

Difficulty

flat

Highlights

A tourism boomtown, the ‘official’ terrestrial residence of Santa Claus is the capital of Finnish Lapland and a more-or-less obligatory northern stop. Its wonderful Arktikum museum is the perfect introduction to the mysteries of these latitudes, and Rovaniemi is a good place to organise activities from. It’s also Lapland's transport hub.

Thoroughly destroyed by the retreating Wehrmacht in 1944, the town was rebuilt to a plan by Alvar Aalto, with the major streets in the shape of a reindeer’s head and antlers (hint: the stadium near the bus station is the eye). Its unattractive buildings are compensated for by its marvellous riverside location.

Overview

The start and finish are located in the center of the city and the beautiful route runs mainly along the banks of Kemijoki river.The marathon is tow loop around the Half Marathon course.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.