- 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.