Determination of a runner's start group

The runners of Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon start in different start groups during a time period of about three hours. The start groups are split up with a couple of minutes interval. The exact start group in which a runner is placed is decided by different factors as described below.


How your start group is determined Göteborgsvarvet has a large number of start groups for the runners. From the time the race starts until the last start group has started takes about 3 hours total with a couple of minutes between the start of each group. Which start group a runner is placed in is determined by the different factors described below:

Start group rules Göteborgsvarvet 19 may 2018
After listening to feedback and suggestions, we decided to simplify the start group rules for this year’s race. So that means that you can already now see which start group you are going to be in based on your previous results, see table below. You will still get your final start group in the mail at the end of April.

Your best result or finishing time in Göteborgsvarvet for 2016 and/or 2017
Runners that have completed the race in the last two years are seeded based on the fastest time from these last two years that they’ve competed (see table below).

Your best time from the Varvetmilen fall 2017/spring 2018
Your finishing times in the Varvetmilen that you completed the in the fall 2017 and/or in the spring 2018 are seeding based for the Göteborgsvarvet 2018 (see table below). If you have ran Göteborgsvarvet 2016 and/or 2017 and run the Varvetmilen, then it is the best of the two that counts- you will not be seeded or placed in a start group farther back.

Find the closest Varvetmilen race

No previous finishing times
If you don’t have any seeding times then you are placed in a start group based on when you registered i.e. the earlier you register the earlier your start group will be. Your final start group for the Göteborgsvarvet 2018 will be announced to all runners at the end of April. Your race bib will be mailed at the same time and is also available on My pages for downloading.

Half marathon and marathon completed March 19, 2017- April 8, 2018
If you have ran a sanctioned marathon faster than 3:55:00 or a sanctioned half marathon faster than 1:46:00 then you may apply for a separate seeding. Send us a copy of your race results (screenshot, diploma, or a link) to by 8 April 2018 at the latest.

Max time limit
The finishing line closes at 7:00 pm. In order to have traffic up and running again in Gothenburg we will have a cut-off time at Frihamnsmotet at 5:40pm (after 13.3km). Runners that have not made the cut-off time will be transported back to the finishing area. The start of the Göteborgsvarvet takes place between 1:00-4:00pm, max time depends on which start group you are in. The earlier you start, the more time you have to finish the race. This means that to reach the cut-off time at 13.3 km you will need to have an average speed of 7:31 min/km if you are in the last start group that starts at 4:00pm.

If a runner starts in an earlier start group than what has been assigned to them for the Göteborgsvarvet 2018 then they will be disqualified. Also something new for 2018 is that all runners will have their first name printed on their race bibs. If you run with another runner’s race bib you can be disqualified.

Start group 1 and Swedish Half Marathon Masters
Elite runners that have ran a sanctioned 10 km race during the time period March 19 2017- April 8 2018 and are able show their results of 35:00 minutes (men) and 39:00 minutes (women) respectively can apply for a separate seeding to be placed in start group 1. Send a copy of your finishing times (screenshot of the results list, diploma, or link) to by 8 April 2018 at the latest.

Please note: If you have ran the Varvetmilen fall 2017 or spring 2018 then you will be placed in start group 1 if you have a finishing time of 37:57 (men) 40:38 (women).

To participate in the Swedish Half Marathon Masters 2018 you are required to represent a SFIF affiliated club and you must have reached one of the below qualifying times in a sanctioned race during the period January 1 2017- March 31 2018:
Men: Marathon 2:38:00, half marathon 1:12:00 or 10,000 meters (track) 32:00:00
Women: Marathon 3:06:00, half marathon 1:25:30 or 10,000 meters (track) 37:00:00

Register for Swedish Masters at: