Faq

There are no stupid questions

There are a lot of practicalities associated with a big event that are good to know. You’ll find the answers to the most common questions below. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us at marathon@hbgm.se

Are the courses control measured?

Yes. Both marathon, half marathon and relay are control measured by a qualified person (Per Månsson).

Are the races sanctioned and approved by the Swedish Athletics Association?

Helsingborg Marathon and Helsingborg Half Marathon is sanctioned and approved by the Swedish Athletics Association on a national level. Both courses have been control measured by a authorized person (Per Månsson).

Are there pacers during the races?

Are you planning on beating your friend or your own time from last year? No matter what, we have pacers who will help you reach your goal. We are grateful for our friends from HLK-92, IS Göta and ambassadors of HBGM who helps us with this task. A pacer is a runner who keeps a certain pace during the race and gets to the finish line on a certain time.

Helsingborg Marathon 2019 offers pacers on the following times: 

3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00 and 5:15

Helsingborg Half Marathon 2019 offers pacers on following times:

1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10 and 2:20

Pace per kilometer is equal to the average pace. For example the 4 h-group will run with an average pace at 5 min and 40 sec per kilometer. Due to the fact that the first part of the course is flatter and more lightly sprung than many other parts of the race (plus higher levels of energy and adrenaline in the body) the pacers will start the race in an approx. 10 seconds faster pace than the planned one. For example, the 4 h-group will start the race in a 5:30 pace in order to be able to slow down a bit while running uphills and still manage to complete the set time for the race.

Are there showers and sauna?

You will find showers, sauna and changing rooms at Kallis Kallbadhus, approx. 300 meters north of the finish line. This is included in the entry fee.

Are there toilets at the start area?

You’ll find a lot of toilets in both the start and the finish area. There are also toilets at every relay exchange station along the course.

Can I leave my bag at the relay exchange station?

Unfortunately we can’t offer any storage for your bag at the relay exchange stations.

However, you can ask your teammate if you can leave your big with him/her. So you get the relay baton from your teammate and your teammate gets your bag.

Can I transfer my registration for the race?

It’s ok to transfer your registration to someone else if you’re unable to attend. Bye your transfer in our shop! This needs to be done 2 weeks before the race at the latest.

Do I need to seed for HBGM?

Due to the non-existing startgroups, you don’t need to seed yourself for HBGM. Instead there will be information about where to stand in the start depending on your planned finish time. All the runners start at the same time.

Do I have to wear a bib?

Every runner have to wear a bib well noticeable on the chest. You may not fold or in any way change the form on the bib. If these rules are not followed we can’t guarantee that you get a finish time and you will risk disqualification.

How do I get to the relay exchange stations?

HBGM offers you free buss rides to and from the relay exchange stations for everyone who is running. Just hop on one of the green och yellow buses and show your special ticket. You get the tickets in when you pick up your race bib, sweaters and baton at the city theater.
Download Skånetrafikens app to plan your trip and by tickets. Skånetrafiken for IOS or for Android.

How do I recognize a pacer?

Our pacers are running with balloons marked with estimated final time. They are also dressed in exclusive turquoise t-shirts and their bibs are marked with “Pacer”.

How do you work against doping?

Runners Society Helsingborg who is the organizer of Helsingborg Marathon works against doping with guidelines from Riksidrottsförbundet. Click HERE for more information.

How long are the different races?

Helsingborg Marathon – 42 195 meter

Helsingborg Half Marathon – 21 097,5 meter

HBGM Relay (team of 2-4 runners) – totally 42 195 meter

Bama Kids Run – 650 and 1600 meter

How does HBGM Relay work?

For the relay you need 2-4 persons in each team and there are distinct exchange stations along the course. You find general information about the relay below.

You have to run every distance with a baton (which you get together with your bibs). The baton needs to be noticeable during the whole race and will be handed over to your team-mate at the next exchange station.

Every distance have a maximum time limit from 1 h 15 min up to 1 h 30 min (counting from the start time at 10.30). If any runner doesn’t succeed to get to the exchange station before the stated time the next runner will get the opportunity to start anyway. This will happen with a common start signal after the previous stations maximum time limit (station 1 = 12.05, station 2 = 13.20 och station 3 = 14.35). These runners will get a baton in replacement. Teams who implement the race in this way will get there final time within two days after the race.

The bib envelope contains a bib with a chip that controls the timekeeping. That means the team doesn’t have to decide in advance which team-mate who’s running which part of the course. You find a detailed map of the course here.

DISTANCE AND EXCHANGE STATIONS 

Distance 1: 11,1 km (Start at Dunkers Kulturhus 0 km and relay station at Ättekulla 11,1 km)

Distance 2: 10,5 km (Start at Ättekulla 11,1 km relay station at Fredriksdal 21,6 km)

Distance 3: 11,5 km (Start at Fredriksdal 21,6 km and relay station at Pålsjö Castle 33,1 km)

Distance 4: 9,1 km (Start at Pålsjö Slott and finish at Gröningen 42,2 km)

TRANSPORT

Read more about our free transport during HBGM in the question “How do I get to the relay exchange stations” below

CHANGE OF RUNNER IN THE RELAY

The team can change a team member just before the start but that person will keep the previous runners name. No registration will be required.

How does the timekeeping work?

Every runner gets an electronic chip in their bib which controls the timekeeping.  The timekeeping starts when you cross the start line and will track your time all the way to the finish line. With that said, there’s no need to be worried if you’re far back when race starts. However, it’s really important that you run all the way through the gates at the start and finish line as well as the relay stations.

The chip is for one-time use which means there’s no need to give it back after the race. So, save your bib, take a picture and share your achievement on Instagram, Facebook. Be proud of your achievement!

How much does it cost to participate?

Entry fee Helsingborg Marathon SEK 850

Entry fee Helsingborg Helsingborg Half Marathon SEK 595

Entry fee Resurs Bank Relay SEK 1600/team

Entry fee Bama Kids Run SEK 120/participant 

It’s possible to cancel your registration 2 months before the race at the latest and repayment can only be given with a medical certificate. If you’re unable to participate you can transfer your place to another runner. Start place transfer should be done before the last day for registration and this should be reported to Helsingborg Marathon by email, marathon@hbgm.se.

How old do I have to be to participate?

Do to the rules of the Swedish Athletics Association, Helsingborg Marathon demands that you turn at least 17 the same year as your participation.

Do to the rules of the Swedish Athletics Association, Helsingborg Half Marathon demands that you turn at least 17 the same year as your participation.

To participate in HBGM Relay you need to turn at least 13 the same year as your participation.

The maximum age limit for Bama Kids Run is 12.

Is it possible to do a late registration?

It is possible to register for Helsingborg Marathon, Helsingborg Half Marathon, HBGM Relay and Bama Kids Run via the web until we open our bib handout. The registration fee will be raised by SEK 100 for Helsingborg Marathon and Helsingborg Half Marathon and  SEK 200 for HBGM Relay. The late registration includes the same things as in the regular registration, except for the relay you do not get your team name on the bib. For Helsingborg Marathon and Helsingborg Half Marathon you don’t get a flag representing your nationality and you will not get your name printed on the bib.

There are a limited number of late registrations.

The late registration will also be available during the day of the race up to one hour before the start under the same conditions as for the late registrations during the bib handout.

Is it possible to do a test run of the different courses?

Yes! It is possible to try out the course for both the marathon and the half marathon. The test races are open (and free) and offer different speed groups. The following applies to each race:

The first half of Helsingborg Marathon

Date not set yet.

Meet up outside Dunker Kulturhus (start of Helsingborg Marathon, Helsingborg Half Marathon and HBGM Relay).

You can find the course HERE

 The 2nd half of Helsingborg Marathon & the complete course of Helsingborg Half Marathon

Date not set yet.

Meet up outside Fredriksdal’s entrance for the 2nd half of Helsingborg Marathon and outside Dunkers Kulturhus for the Half Marathon.

We start at the same time so the two groups will merge at Kärnan in Slottshagen. After Kärnan the two courses are the same

You can find the course for Helsingborg Half Marathon HERE

Is there a maximum time limit?

Unfortunately we can’t give you unlimited time to get to the finish line in any of our races.

Maximum time limit:

Helsingborg Marathon – 6 hours

Helsingborg Half Marathon – 3 hours

HBGM Relay – 5 hours

What does it mean to run as a VIP runner?

Everyone who registered for Helsingborg Marathon and Helsingborg Half Marathon during september will be our exclusive VIP runners during the 2020 race. But what does it mean to run as a VIP runner?

VIP queue for the bib handout: VIP runners have their own queue at bib handout to avoid stress and having to wait in line.
VIP bracelet: Wear the bracelet to take part in all VIP activities during the marathon day. VIP runners get their bracelet at the bib handout
VIP t-shirt: Specialty designer VIP t-shirt from New Balance.
VIP toilets: VIP runners have their own toilets at the start to avoid stress.
VIP bag submission: Leave your bag at the start. We handle the transport to the finish area.
Maurten sports drink kit: The world’s fastest sports drink, Drink Mix 160, sports drink bottle and their energy guide for the race.
Training at Filborna Arena: A week’s free training at Helsingborg’s best training facility.

More things can be added to the VIP package in the near future.

What happens if I can't complete the race?

We’re well aware of the fact that things can occur during the race and that you for some reason aren’t able to finish it. If you in any way can’t complete the race you have no duty to report it. In order to get to the finish area on Gröningen you can grab one of Taxi-Tjänst’s cars for free. They will have cars placed every 5th kilometer (starting at 15 km) along the course plus 1-2 circulating cars.

What happens if I need paramedics during the race?

During the race their will be two ambulances with qualified staff from Region Skåne and they will circulate along the course. There will also be a medical tent at the finish line.

What's being served along the course?

Except for water we do also have sports drink by Maurten, oranges and bananas. You’ll find a detailed list of all energy stations and what they offer on our map of the course.

What's included in the registration?

Included in the registration for the marathon: A place in the race, service along the course, timekeeping with a chip in the bib, a special and unique designed t-shirt for runners participating in Helsingborg Marathon and of course a medal for all completing the race. You get the t-shirt when you collect your bib. Free photos from the race. Approximately 5000-9000 photos are taken every year.

Included in the registration for Helsingborg Half Marathon: A place in the race, service along the course, timekeeping with a chip in the bib, a special and unique designed t-shirt for runners participating in Helsingborg Half Marathon and of course a medal for all completing the race. You get the
t-shirt when you collect your bib. Free photos from the race. Approximately 5000-9000 photos are taken every year.

Included in the registration for Resurs Bank Relay: A place in the race, service along the course, timekeeping with a chip in the bib, medal and one baton/team. Free photos from the race. Approximately 5000-9000 photos are taken every year.

Included in the registration for Bama Kids Run: A place in the race, service along the course and at the finish, a medal and timekeeping for the longer race. Free photos from the race. Approximately 5000-9000 photos are taken every year.

When do I get my start certification?

Start certifications will be send to every participant on Helsingborg Marathon, Helsingborg Helsingborg Half Marathon and HBGM Relay by mail one week before the race at the latest. The start certificate will be needed for you to get your bib.

One person from the relay team can get all of the teams bibs by showing the start certification which will be send by email one week before the race at the latest. You can also get the bib by bringing a valid ID with your photograph (eg valid passport or driving licence with photograph).

When does the race start?

Helsingborg Marathon

Helsingborg Marathon starts at 10.00 a.m. outside of Dunkers Kulturhus. There’s no specified waves at Helsingborg Marathon but there will be references to where you should stand in the waves depending on which target time you have. Runners are recommended to be in place at the start 15 minutes before the start at the latest. 

HBGM RELAY

The relay starts at 10.30 a.m. outside of Dunkers Kulturhus. There will not be any specified waves for the relay. All runners on the first distance will start at the same time.
Runners are recommended to be in place at the start 15 minutes before the start at the latest. 

Helsingborg HALF MARATHON

Helsingborg Half Marathon starts at 09.30 a.m. outside of Dunkers Kulturhus. There’s no specified waves at Helsingborg Half Marathon but there will be references to where you should stand in the waves depending on which target time you have. Runners are recommended to be in place at the start 15 minutes before the start at the latest. 

Bama KIDS RUN

Bama Kids Run starts at 09.30 a.m. (650 m) and 09:40 am (1600 m) outside of Via95 (650 meter north of the finish at Gröningen).

When is Helsingborg Marathon 2020?

Helsingborg Marathon starts 5 Sept. 2020.

When is the last day for registration?

Last day for registration for all races is 23 of August 2020. After the 23 of August it is possible for late registrations but there will be limited entry’s

When is the prize ceremony?

Prize ceremony times for the different races:

Bama Kids Run – 11:15 p.m.
Helsingborg Marathon – 13:45 p.m.
Helsingborg Half Marathon – 11:45 p.m.
HBGM Stafett – 15:00 p.m.

Where can I find the results from the race?

Live tracking and results will be available here at our web page.

Where can I keep my bag during the race?

Bag check-in and check-out will be at the finish area on Gröningen, approx. 700 meters from the starting area. It opens att 7.00 a.m. at race day. Helsingborg Marathon takes no responsibility for valuables.

Where can I read about the general terms and conditions?

Where can I stay during Helsingborg Marathon?

Book Grand Hotell for your best stay. We can offer special prices for every runner during the Marathon, and also their families. The prices includes breakfast. To take part of the deal please enter the code “Helsingborg Marathon” at your reservation.

To book at Grand Hotel, contact the hotel at

reservations.cl.grandhelsingborg@choice.se

Or use this link

Alt. phone 042-380405

Clarion Grand Hotel

Double room SEK 1195/night

Single room SEK 995/night

Where do I get my race bib?

You can collect your bib on Thursday 3rd of September, Friday 4th of September and on race day 5th of September at our Expo on Stadsteatern. Except getting your bib you can meet our partners, talk to our pacers and discuss running with Runners Club.

Opening hours HBGM Expo 2020:

Thursday 3/9: 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday 4/9:  11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 5/9: 7:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Address to Stadsteatern:

Karl Johans Gata 1, 252 67 Helsingborg

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/b58fUbigVhr

Which categories can I participate in?

Helsingborg Marathon

  • Men
  • Women

Helsingborg Half Marathon

  • Men
  • Women

HBGM Relay

  • Men
  • Women
  • Mixed
  • Business

Bama Kids Run

  • 650 m without timekeeping
  • 1600 m with timekeeping (boys and girls)

Who organises Helsingborg Marathon?

Organiser for Helsingborg Marathon is the non-profit sport organisation Runners Society Helsingborg (RSH) and Helsingborg Marathon AB.