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 caters to a range of distances and styles (mini-marathon, 5K, 10K, HM and FM) and 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. The route has water stations every 4 to 5 kilometers.
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. The three best runners in each series will receive prizes.
Rovaniemi Marathon Organizing Committee