GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon (Goteborg Half Marathon) runs through the heart of one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful cities, Gothenburg. The race takes place in May, and has been organised annually since 1980. It starts outside, and finishes in, the old athletics arena Slottsskogsvallen in the Slottsskogen park. The course is lined with over 200,000 enthusiastic and sports interested spectators. Göteborg offers the charm of a small town and the opportunities of a big city with museums, a fantastic amusement park, good food and a lot of different activities.
It is the largest annual running competition in Sweden, and the largest half-marathon running competition in the world, with its 62,000 entries for the next Goteborgsvarvet competition in 2013.
Event TypeHalf Marathon
Men: 1.30 pm
Women: 1.30 pm
You can register on the official website of Goteborg Half Marathon. The registration fees is SEK 545 for the half marathon.
Course / Route Map
The course starts in one of Göteborgs most beautiful parks outside historic Slottsskogsvallen Athletic Arena, then continues to Hisingen via Älvsborgsbron, through Eriksberg and Älvstranden, then back across Götaälvbron, through the city and back to the finish line in Slottskogsvallen. The course is relatively easy. Refreshments are served at eleven energy stations.
Race Profile / Elevation Map
Time Limits & Cutoffs
The finish closes at 7 p.m. Runners who do not manage this time will be transported back to the finish area.
Men: Victor Kipchirchir (KEN) 1:00:25 (2012)
Women: Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 1:09:04 (2011)
Prize Money & Awards
Top finishers will receive their prizes at Slottsskogsvallen.
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
- All runners who cross the finish line will receive a GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon medal.
- Those who need certificate have to pay SEK 560 as entry fees instead of SEK 495.
- If you’ve not already ordered a certificate with split times you can do this at the Expo for SEK 65.
Water Stops & Refreshments
Refreshments are served at ten stations (at the right side) around the course. At four of these you can choose between Isostar Sports Drink (on the first tables) and water. There is also a station with sponges after 16 k.
Expected Race Day Weather
Highest Average Temperature: 61° F
Lowest Average Temperature: 43° F