This is how your start group is determined

Like most major marathons around the world, we uses a seeding system to stagger the start. The fastest runners start in the front and the slower runners at the back. The start lasts for three hours, where each start group starts every few minutes. Which group a runner is placed in is determined by earlier qualifying time explained below.

  • Races approved for seeding: Arranged by Göteborgsvarvet

    Below list contains all races approved for seeding arranged by Göteborgsvarvet, which are valid for Göteborgsvarvet 2022. Runners who successfully completed one of these races automatically qualify for a start group based on the result, no other registration is needed.

    • Göteborgsvarvet 2019
    • Jubileumsloppet 2019
    • Göteborgsvarvet Virtual Run 10k
    • Varvetmilen Halmstad 2019
    • Varvetmilen Mölndal 2019
    • Varvetmilen Umeå 2019
    • Göteborgsvarvet Virtual Race 21k
    • Virtual Varvetmilen 2020
    • Virtual Varvetmilen 29 maj (2021)
    • Virtual Varvetmilen 5 juni (2021)
    • Virtual Varvetmilen 12 juni (2021)
    • Virtual Varvetmilen 19 juni (2021)
    • Digital Göteborgsvarvet 2021
    • Digital Göteborgsvarvet Marathon 2021
  • Multiple qualifying results: Results from many races

    If you have two or more registered results from races approved for qualifying, it is always the best time that counts. You can never be placed in a start group further back.

    Without qualifying results?

    If you do not have previous results you will be placed in a start group between 19 -25 based on the time of registration. Your final start group for Göteborgsvarvet 2022 will be announced three weeks before the race. Start certificate with this information will be sent by e-mail and will also be available on My pages.

  • Races approved for seeding: Start group 1

    Runners with a result from Varvetmilen autumn 2019 or spring 2022 at prel. 37:57 minutes (men) and 40:38 minutes (women) automatically qualifies to start group 1.

    For applications for separate seeding, sanctioned 10 km races are approved with a result of 35:00 minutes (men) and 39:00 minutes (ladies) during the period 20 March 2020 - 24 April 2022. Send a certificate of your result to no later than 24 April 2022.

  • Races approved for seeding: Arranged by external organizers

    You may apply for a separate seeding when successfully completed an external race between 20 Mars 2020 - 24 April 2022 which meet following criteria:

    • A sanctioned* marathon faster than 3:55:05
    • A sanctioned* half marathon faster than 1:45:55
    • Result from Sävedalsloppet 16 oktober 2021

    Send us a copy of your result to latest 24 April 2022.

    Virtual races that are not arranged by Göteborgsvarvet will not be considered for qualifying purposes.

    *A sanctioned half marathon / marathon is a race approved by the Swedish Athletics Association (or another nation's association) a quality mark which, among other things, means that approved timekeeping has been used, that the track was checked and had medical care and water stations along the course.

Due to the canceled Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon in 2020 and 2021, this means increased opportunities for seeding with results from more races than before.
  • Maximal time

    The finish close at 07.00 pm. A rope is drawn on Hisingen, Frihamnen at 05.40 pm after 13.3 km and at Nordstan at 06.05 pm after 15 km. Runners who does not reach Frihamnen in time will be transported back to the finish area. The start is going on between 01-04 pm, the maximum time to finish the race depend on which start group you belong. An approximate average pace of 7.31 min / km is required if you are placed in the last start group to manage the limit after 13.3 kilometers.

  • Disqualification

    A runner who starts in an earlier start group than what has been assigned to them for Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon 2022 will be disqualified. Since 2018, all runners have their first name printed on their race bibs. A runner with another runner’s race bib is an issue of disqualification.

  • Running with a friend

    If you want to run with a friend, it is always allowed to move to a start group further back. You can do this without contacting us and it will affect your results. Note that this only applies when moving to a start group further back, moving to an earlier start group will lead to disqualification.