Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon will take place in 2021 – on September 11th

The world largest half marathon, Göteborgsvarvet, will take place on September 11th 2021. The decision to postpone the race to September 11th has been made by the board of the Gothenburg Athletics Association in order to create the best possible conditions and ensure that the race can take place. Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon coupled with Göteborgsvarvet Marathon on September 19th will result in a one of a kind running week in Gothenburg.

- The reason behind this move from May to September is based on a mutual conclusion that we together with the City of Gothenburg, our sponsors and the governmental agencies involved have reached regarding the conditions necessary to host and plan this one of a kind running week in September 2021. In light of our society’s persevering efforts to eradicate covid-19 and the mass-vaccination process within the near future, we are hopeful and convinced that we can host Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon in 2021. We will of course adapt to all restrictions and guidelines that will be relevant at that time, says Martin Bergman, Secretary General of Gothenburg Athletics Association and CEO of Göteborgsvarvet.

- We have chosen to make this decision at this early stage to ensure that all involved parties can be informed and provided with the best possible conditions to gear up for September 11th, 2021. This applies to our runners and sponsors but also to all companies and departments within the City of Gothenburg who will now be able to expedite all permits required to host both races in September, says Martin Bergman

This move will result in Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon and Göteborgsvarvet Marathon creating a historic running week between September 11th and 19th.

- The move from May to September feels like just the right thing to do in order to create the best possible conditions for the runners. It is fantastic that Gothenburg, as one of few cities across the globe, will be the host city to this unique running week containing both the world’s largest half marathon and this once in a lifetime marathon. Two large races in September will be a fun challenge and something that all of us who love racing can look forward to, says Mustafa “Musse” Mohamed, twofold Göteborgsvarvet champion and current Swedish marathon record holder.

On the original date in May a virtual race will take place but on September 11th everyone participating will once again run the classic race track on the streets of Gothenburg.

- We are unable to provide all answers as to exactly how Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon will take place in September 2021 as this is currently in the planning and preparing stage. Given the current situation we are closely monitoring how the situation develops day by day and the signals given by the government and the Public Health Agency. The result from the forthcoming mass-vaccination process is also a crucial aspect we need to take into account. We have a very professional organization in place and we are in constant contact with all involved governmental agencies. The organization is confident, experienced and highly capable which ensures that we have the qualifications and abilities to host Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon and Göteborgsvarvet Marathon in 2021 with a health conscious and safe approach. We are very much looking forward to this fantastic running week in September 2021, says Martin Bergman.

Leading up to the decision to move Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon discussions have been held with Maratongruppen who are hosting Stockholm Half Marathon. This is due to both races being held on September 11th 2021.

- It is of course not optimal that the two largest half marathon races in Sweden are being held on the same date but we have had a good dialogue with Göteborgsvarvet and our organizations will continue to work together to find the best possible solutions for the runners. The most important thing is that we can start hosting running events again, says David Fridell, Marketing Director at Maratongruppen.

The registration for those who have already signed up for Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon is still valid and will automatically be moved to September 11th.

Moving Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon to September 11th only affects the half marathon race. Details regarding the other races normally taking place during the Varvet-week and our Varvetmilar will be communicated in due course, when further decisions have been made.

  • Q&A: What has been decided and why?

    The board has decided to postpone Göteborgsvarvet half marathon from the 22nd of May to September 11th. This decision has been made in order to ensure the best possible conditions to host Göteborgsvarvet half marathon and create a safe and fun event for our runners. This is due both to the current situation with covid-19 and to secure enough time to plan and properly secure necessary precautions.

  • Q&A: Why has this decision been made now?

    We have chosen to make this decision at this early stage in order to ensure that all involved parties can be informed and be provided the best possible conditions to gear up for September 11th. This applies to our runners and sponsors but also all companies and departments within the City of Gothenburg who will now be able to expedite all permits required to host both races in September.

  • Q&A: What does this mean for participants who have already signed up?

    Everyone already registered for Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon will automatically be moved to September 11th.

  • Q&A: How are you planning on hosting the half marathon on September 11th?

    We are unable to provide all answers as to how Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon will take place. That all depends on what the situation will look like and what restrictions and guidelines will be relevant at that time. We have a very experienced and capable organisation as well as ongoing contact with all involved governmental agencies which ensures that we have the qualifications and ability to host a safe half marathon and marathon in 2021.

  • Q&A: What will happen to the other races normally taking place during the Varvet-week and the Varvetmilar?

    Moving Göteoborgsvarvet Half Marathon to September 11th only affects the half marathon race. Details regarding the other races taking place during the Varvet-week and our Varvetmilar will be communicated in due course, when further decisions have been made.

  • Q&A: I have signed up for both Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon and Marathon but will not be able to run both. What will I do?

    We will make sure that we provide a solution where you are able to move your registration for Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon to 2022. More information regarding this transition will be provided during the first quarter of 2021.