The start of the race

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 a runner's starting position in Götbeorgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021 is determined

  • Your best result in Göteborgsvarvet 2018 or Göteborgsvarvet 2019

    Runners who 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 result from Varvetmilen during autumn 2019, spring 2020, autumn 2020 or spring 2021

    Runners who have run any of our Varvetmilen races (10K) during autumn 2019, spring 2020, autumn 2020 or spring 2021 are seeded to Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021 on their best result (see chart below).

  • Your best result from Göteborgsvarvet Virtual Run 10k 2019 or Göteborgsvarvet Virtual Race 21k 2020

    Runners with a result from Göteborgsvarvet Virtual Run 10k 2019 or Göteborgsvarvet Virtual Race 21k 2020 are seeded to Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021 (see chart below).

  • Your best result from Jubileumsloppet 2019 or Jubileumsloppet 2020

    Runners with a result from Jubileumsloppet 2019 or Jubileumsloppet 2020 are seeded to Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021 (see chart below)

  • Several different results

    It is your best result from the different races Göteborgsvarvet 2018 or 2019, Varvetmilen autumn 2019, spring 2020, autumn 2020 or spring 2021, Jubileumsloppet 2019 or 2020, Götborgsvarvet Virtual Run 10k 2019, Göteborgsvarvet Virtual Race 21k or another approved race which will place you in the start field of Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021. You can not be seeded in a start group behind the one that you already have been seeded into.

Seeding on results from external races:Half marathon and marathon completed March 19th, 2019 – April 8th, 2021

If you have ran a sanctioned marathon faster than 3:55:05 or a sanctioned half marathon faster than 1:45:55 then you may apply for a separate seeding. Send us a copy of your race results (screenshot, diploma, or a link) to info@goteborgsvarvet.se by April 8th 2021 at the latest.


Seeding results from other races sent to us for Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2020 need to be resubmitted for Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021.

Seeding results from virtual races that are not arranged by Göteborgsvarvet are not approved for seeding.

Due to the canceled Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon in 2020, this means increased opportunities for seeding with results from more races than before and that the seeding chart will therefore be updated for Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021.
  • No Previous results

    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 Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021 will be announced to all runners in the begining of May. Your start certificate will be mailed at the same time and is also available on your account for downloading.

  • Maximal time

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

  • Disqualification if starting in an earlier starting group

    If a runner starts in an earlier start group than what has been assigned to them for the Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2021 then they will be disqualified. Since 2018, 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.

Elite and Swedish Half Marathon Championchips

Elite runners - Start group 1

Elite runners that have ran a sanctioned 10 km race during the time period March 19th 2020- April 8th 2021 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 info@goteborgsvarvet.se by April 8th 2021 at the latest.

Swedish Half Marathon Championchips (the information about Swedish Half Marahon Championchips will soon be updated)

To participate in the Swedish Half Marathon Championships 2020 you are required to represent a club affiliated to the Swedish Athletics Federation and you must have reached one of the below qualifying times in a sanctioned race during the period January 1st 2019- April 29th 2020:

  • Men: Marathon 2:39:00, half marathon 1:12:00 or 10,000 meters (track or road) 32:00:00
  • Women: Marathon 3:06:00, half marathon 1:25:30 or 10,000 meters (track or road) 37:00:00

The registration to the Swedish Half Marathon Championchips 2020 can only be done via a club affiliated to the Swedish Athletics Federation.

The registration must be provided to the Swedish Atheltics Federation by 27th April 2020 and the fee is 200 SEK. Late registrations can be done until friday the 15th May for a fee of 400 SEK. Participants in the Swedish Half Marathon Championchips will automatically be placed in starting group one in Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon.

Contact about Swedish Championships