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Get ready for the event of the year

GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon May 21st 2016

With over 64,000 registered runners and more than 200,000 dedicated supporters along the race course, GöteborgsVarvet is the world’s largest half marathon. Since the start in 1980 over one million runners have registered for the race – are you going to be next?

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Registartion to GöteborgsVarvet 2017 opens June 1st.
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Runner’s checklist for GöteborgsVarvet

Plan your days in Gothenburg.
A checklist to help you prepare for GöteborgsVarvet 2016.

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Welcome to the streets of Gothenburg, May 21 2016!

64,000 registered runners and more than 200,000 spectators join the excitement every year. Experience the world’s largest half marathon. Welcome to Gothenburg in May!

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What time do you start?

Your start time depends on your start group. Your start group can be found on your confirmation of registration, on My Page, or by searching among registered runners.

Start groups

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Details of the race course

The distance of the course is 21,097.5 meters, a half marathon. The course is certified by an authorized IAAF course measurer. Study the map be fully prepared!

The course

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Finding your way to start

On May 19th, 20th and 21st, your race bib or confirmation of registration can be used as a valid ticket on all public transport within the Gothenburg area, as well as on the local train networks.

Transportation

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Pick up your race bib

Before the race, you need to pick up your package containing your race bib and time measurement chip at GöteborgsVarvet Expo. Starting 2016 the expo is held at the Swedish Exhibition Centre in the center of Gothenburg. Bring your confirmation of registration.

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Course map

21,097.5 meters of Göteborg

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Startgrupper

When is it your turn to start?

The runners of GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon start in different start groups determined by the seeding rules. The start groups will be announced to all runners by mid-April. See time and place for all start groups.

Additional information

Everything you need to know about the race

  • Accommodation
  • Audience
  • Cash
  • Changing rooms and Bag Check
  • Confirmation of registration
  • Course
  • Cut off time
  • Diploma
  • ECO-friendly
  • Entry fees
  • Find the Expo and the race
  • GöteborgsVarvet Expo
  • GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon 2017
  • Maximal time
  • Name change GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon 2016
  • Organizer
  • Post-race treats
  • Prizes
  • Race bib
  • Race photo
  • Results
  • Service center, shop and Fun Zone
  • Start time
  • Time measurement
  • Water stations

  • Accommodation

    GöteborgsVarvet offers accommodation in Hotel Gothia Towers and a dormitory at Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet during the week of GöteborgsVarvet. There’s a limited number of places, so be sure to reserve your spot in plenty of time before the race.

    Read more about accommodation

  • Audience

    More than 200,000 supporters will cheer the runners along the race, which makes GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon to Sweden’s largest live event.

    GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon will be broadcasted on the National Swedish Television channel SVT1 or online on SVT Play (only in Sweden) on the race day. Additionally, the race can be followed on large screens located at Lindholmen, Slottsskogen, Götaplatsen, and in the start and finish area.

    Order split times and results to your mobile phone

  • Cash

    Cash is king. There’s no ATM in the start and finish area. Some of the vendors in the area only take cash.

  • Changing rooms and Bag Check

    Changing rooms

    Changing rooms for women are located at Slottsskogshallen and Slottsskogsrinken behind Friidrottens Hus. Changing rooms for men are found at the football field north of the start area. Please do not leave any valuables in the changing rooms.

    Bag Check

    Women’s bag check is located behind Friidrottens Hus, and men’s at the football field north of the start area. The top part of your race bib should be securely fastened to the baggage. The rest of the race bib is used to reclaim your baggage. Opening hours: 10 am-7.30 pm, May 21st.

  • Confirmation of registration

    You will receive your confirmation of registration by email before the race, it will also be available on My Page from the end of April. The confirmation will state your start number and start group.

    Don’t forget to bring your confirmation of registration when you pick up your race bib at the GöteborgsVarvet Expo (Swedish Exhibition Centre). The confirmation of registration (as well as the race bib) works a valid ticket on all public transport within the Göteborg area, as well as on the local train networks on May 19th, 20th and 21st.

  • Course

    The distance is 21,097.5 meters, a half marathon. The course is certified by an authorized IAAF course measurer.

    Course map and profile

  • Cut off time

    If you are unable to finish the race then there will be buses and taxis from Taxi Göteborg at the water stations that will take you to the finish area. The finish line closes at 7:00pm. In order to keep traffic flowing in central Gothenburg the cut-off time will be at 5:40pm (after 13.3 km) at Frihamnsmotet. Runners that don’t make it before the cut off will be transported to the finish area.

    Don’t forget to turn in your ChampionChip to the race officials at the finish area.

  • Diploma

    Runners who wish to order a diploma with split times can do so at the Expo for a fee of SEK 65 or you can also send an email to info@goteborgsvarvet.se.
    Diplomas will be sent by mail in the begining of July. The last day to order a diploma from GöteborgsVarvet 2016 is August 31st 2016.

  • ECO-friendly

    GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon is working towards obtaining the international standard IS0-20121 and on being a more sustainable event. This means that we have gone over the entire event and made changes that will reduce our effect on the environment. Our focus is also on having a socially and economically sustainable event.

    During the GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon Week, here’s what you can do as a runner or spectator to help us in our efforts:
    • Recycle your garbage and waste- be sure to choose the proper or appropriate bin.
    • Choose an eco-labeled hotel, we recommend Gothia Towers.
    • Choose one of our vegetarian alternatives at the start/finish area.
    • Choose the most environmentally friendly alternative for transportation to and from the race. Remember public transportation is free for all runners from Thursday-Saturday during the GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon Week (use race bib or confirmation of registration sheet as valid tickets).

  • Entry fees

    Entry fees for our different races in 2016 are:

    GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon (runners born 1995 and before)

    595 SEK.
    After 30th of June 695 SEK and after 1st of October 795 SEK. 

    GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon (runners born 1996-1999)

    250 SEK

    GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon “Run for charity”

    1200 SEK, where 600 SEK of the fee goes to the organization you choose to support (Clowner utan Gränser, Stadsmissionen, Ung Cancer or Ågrenska).

    TrailVarvet

    250 SEK
    April 1st – May 10th 350 SEK. 400 SEK on race day.

    StafettVarvet (relay)

    995 SEK/team
    April 1st – May 10th 1195 SEK.

    SpecialVarvet (special needs)

    125 SEK
    April 1st and until May 10th 200 SEK.

    CityVarvet 

    200 SEK.
    April 1st – May 10th 250 SEK. 300 SEK on race day.

    Lilla Varvet (kids)

    120 SEK
    April 1st – May 10th 180 SEK. 250 SEK on race day.

    MiniVarvet (kids)

    80 SEK

    GöteborgsVarvet Marathon 2021

    1100 SEK (until 26 feb 2016)

  • Find the Expo and the race

    Pick up your race package before the race at the GöteborgsVarvet Expo. The GöteborgsVarvet Expo has moved to a new location this year and is being held at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre at Korsvägen. Allow yourself plenty of time to pick up your race bib, we recommend you pick it up on Thursday, May 19th, or Friday, May 20th.

    GöteborgsVarvet Expo (map)

    It’s easiest to use public transport to the start and finish area. On May 19th, 20th and 21st, your race bib or confirmation of registration can be used as a valid ticket on all public transport within the Göteborg area, as well as on the local train networks. Why not take a quick walk if your hotel is located close by?

    Find your way to start

  • GöteborgsVarvet Expo

    Welcome to the national meeting place for sport and health. The fair, GöteborgsVarvet Expo, will be located at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre at Korsvägen in Gothenburg. At the GöteborgsVarvet Expo you’ll find a wide selection of the latest trends, sport products and activities, including training and health for all ages. This is also where you will pick-up your race bib. As a registered runner you’ll receive four free passes to GöteborgsVarvet Expo that you can give to friends and family.

    Scann the QR code at the top of your confirmation of registration to receive your free entrance to the expo.

    Opening times:
    May 19th 10:00am–9:00pm
    May 20th 10:00am–10:00pm
    May 21st 8:00am–5:00pm
    May 22nd 10:00am–3:00pm

    GöteborgsVarvet Expo

  • GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon 2017

    Registration opens on June 1, 2016 for next year’s GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon, the race is held on May 20, 2017. Early registration opens on April 20, 2016 for returning participants or runners that have been registered the previous year(s).

  • Maximal time

    The goal closes at 07.00 pm (19.00). A roap is drawn on Hisingen, Frihamnen at 17.40 (after 13.3 km). Runners that have not pass Frihamnen in time will be transported to the start and finish area.

  • Name change GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon 2016

    Information about name changes
    Until April 30th 2016, it is possible to transfer your registration and starting place in GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon 2016 to another runner, for a fee of two hundred and fifty (250) SEK paid to us. It is not allowed to transfer your registration to someone else or to let someone else run in your place, without paying the transfer fee and reporting the transfer on our web page. After the date of April 30th 2016 it is not allowed to transfer registrations.

    Please not that the buyer does not take over the seller’s start group. If the transfer is made before March 20th 2016 the buyer is placed in a start group following the ordinary seeding rules. If the transfer is made between March 21st 2016 and April 30th 2016 the buyer will be placed in the start group following the seeding rules, as far as space allows, in other cases in the first following group with a free space.

    How it works:

    1. Sell your starting place
    The seller finds the buyer by themselves. Make sure to take note of the buyer’s name, birth date and e-mail address. This information is needed to proceed with the transfer.

    Thereafter, the seller needs to log in to My Page. A list of registered races is shown. Click the link “Sell your starting place” and follow the instructions.

    2. A registration code is sent to the buyer
    When the seller has provided the needed information (buyer’s name, birth date and e-mail address), a registration code is sent to the buyer. The seller also gets a confirmation e-mail.

    3. The buyer registers for the race
    The buyer logs in to My Page and registers for the race using the provided registration code. The transfer fee of two hundred and fifty (250) SEK is paid at the end. The transfer is now complete and the buyer gets a confirmation e-mail. The seller is no longer registered for the race.

    Transference of registration is only allowed for GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon 2016 and GöteborgsVarvet Marathon 2021.

  • Organizer

    GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon is governed by the rules of the Swedish Track & Field association and organized by Göteborg Athletic Association.

  • Post-race treats

    All runners will have the opportunity to get a free massage after the race in the finish area. Post-race snacks will also be handed-out which will include organic bananas from Chiquita, organic milk from Arla and organic coffee.

  • Prizes

    Top finishers will receive their prizes at Slottsskogsvallen at about 2.30 pm after the race on May 21st. All runners who cross the finish line will receive a GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon medal.

  • Race bib

    Starting on May 19th, you can pick up your package containing your race bib and ChampionChip for time measurement at the GöteborgsVarvet Expo. Starting 2016 the expo is located at Swedish Exhibition Centre in the center of Gothenburg.  Don’t forget to bring your confirmation of registration, and we advise you to be there in plenty of time before the race, preferably on Thursday or Friday.

    GöteborgsVarvet Expo (map)

    Opening hours for picking up your race bib are: Thursday May 19th 10 am-9 pm, Friday May 20th 10 am-10 pm, Saturday May 21st 8 am-1 pm.
    If you need to pick up your race bib on Saturday give yourself plenty of time and if possible visit the Expo in the morning.

    Pick up your race bib

  • Race photo

    Race photos are available to order at Marathonfoto a few days after the race. If you have questions regarding your race photo, contact Marathonfoto directly.
    Marathonfoto

    You can order photos from the following races:
    GöteborgsVarvet
    Lilla Varvet
    CityVarvet
    SpecialVarvet

    Customer service Marathonfoto
    Opening hours: Mondays-Thursdays 10 am-6.30 pm and Fridays 10 am-5 pm
    Phone: +44 5603 688 574
    E-mail: mfserviceswedish@marathonfoto.net

  • Results

    It’s easy to find the results of our different races. The results of GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon is published live directly on our web site. You can also receive split times and results to your mobile phone (Swedish operator only).

    Search results
    Order split times and results to your mobile phone

  • Service center, shop and Fun Zone

    In Frölundaborg, located at the small ice rink, there will be an Service center to assist with any questions you may have. adidas and Stadium will also have a small shop here, adidas/Stadium store, that will be open on Saturday from 10:00am–7:30pm, and on Sunday 10:00am–5:00pm. On Sunday it will be turned into an activity area so bring the whole family to the Lilla Varvet Fun Zone in Frölundaborg.

  • Start time

    There are 31 start groups at GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon. Start group 1 starts at 1 pm. Each of the following groups will start at 2–6 minute intervals.

    It is important that you start in the right group. You cannot change your start group or your race bib. Your start time and a map showing all start group locations are printed on your race bib and on your race confirmation.

    You need to be at the start area at the latest 30 minutes before your start time.

    Start groups

  • Time measurement

    The official results will show your net time from the moment you pass the starting line to crossing the finish line. Split times at 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, and 20 km are also recorded.

  • Water stations

    Ten water water stations are located on the right side of the course. There are four stations serving Isostar sports drink (on the first tables) and water. The remaining six stations will be serving only water.

    There is also a station with sponges after about 17 km. At the finish line you will also find beverages, as well as fruit and chocolate.


Advice from the race doctor

Knowing how to drink right, and to be healthy and safe on the race day is important. Follow the advice GöteborgsVarvet’s own medical doctor, Claes Mangelus, has put together for a safer race experience!

The race doctor’s advice

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Dress right for the race

Functional and comfortable clothes is important when racing — as well as good shoes. Stefan Rehn from Adidas gives an insight in how to dress well in all kinds of Swedish weather, and how to pick the right race shoe.

Dress right for the race


Partners

Official main partner GöteborgsVarvet

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Event partners

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Media partners

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Official suppliers