Support local track and field

Göteborgsvarvet is organized by the Gothenburg Athletics Association to benefit athletics in the region. Around 3000 volunteers are engaged through athletics clubs in the district, but sports clubs from various other disciplines also participate in the event's execution. The surplus generated goes directly back into sports development, investing in youth programs within clubs and the operation of the athletics facility 'Friidrottens Hus'.


The year was 1980 and a 1,800 registered runners raced the very first Göteborgsvarvet. It was a sunny day and 30 degrees Celsius. Today, Göteborgsvarvet is one of the largest races in the world and has a total of over one million registered runners.

Children and youth:HEJA

HEJA - A public health project in Gothenburg invites everyone to join a free running school at various locations in the city. The activities are inspired by athletics, involving a lot of running, team exercises, and games. Sustainability is addressed through health and environmental considerations, along with a social perspective aimed at creating a better environment for future generations.

Sustainable event

Göteborgsvarvet has chosen to invest in becoming prominent in environmental issues and transforming into a more sustainable event. In 2016, Göteborgsvarvet was certified according to ISO 20121. That same year, the organization also received the AIMS Green Award.

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Between 2011 and 2022, through its runners, the Göteborgsvarvet has raised over 10 million Swedish kronor for charity. In the Göteborgsvarvet 2024, you can choose to run for several different organizations.

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3,000 volunteers

During Varvet Week, 3,000 individuals are involved in various roles. Associations, volunteer organizations, and companies participate, all contributing to ensure everything runs smoothly for the runners. If you want to join and help as a volunteer, start by contacting one of the associations within the Gothenburg Athletics Association. If you represent a sports association interested in providing volunteers, feel free to submit your expression of interest.

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Tips on long-distance races - AIMS running calendar

Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is a network of long-distance races worldwide. AIMS' running calendar features many recreational races to explore.

AIMS running calendar