The Helsinki City Marathon 2007 will be held on Saturday, August 18th. The marathon starts from the statue of the legendary Olympic runner Paavo Nurmi, and the finish line is at the Olympic Stadium.
Because of the mass event, traffic will be restricted in Helsinki and Espoo on Saturday. Some roads will be closed, and the police are advising those who wish to come to the city centre or want to cheer on the runners along the route to leave their cars at home.
The event is also likely to affect public transport.
Ferry passengers heading for the ports should bear in mind that the going in traffic to Helsinki’s South Harbour and West Harbour will be slow and difficult between 3.45 pm and 5.45 pm.
The race starts at 3.00 pm and the event will come to an end at 9.00 p.m.
The Helsinki City Marathon is the second largest marathon event in Scandinavia, and over 6,300 runners from 35 countries participated in the race in 2006. The route takes the runners west out of the city centre as far as Keilaniemi and Otaniemi in Espoo.