The first Helsinki City Run, at that time known as Helsinki Half Marathon, was organised 7th May, 1994 with 650 runners. The aim of the event was to offer all runners a chance to test their shape after the winter. Many runners also found it a good test for the Stockholm Marathon and the Helsinki City Marathon. After a few "training years", more emphasis was put to marketing and the number of participants has increased massively since.
In 2010 the Helsinki City Run is organised for the 17th time. The number of participants is now 20 times bigger than in the first organised event, as there are over 13 100 runners this year!
More comprehensive history of the Helsinki City Run is published soon.