Latest update: 2020-11-12
How the corona virus will affect races scheduled for 2021 is still not known, but at Marathongruppen we’re working hard to be able to stage safe and enjoyable events for you, our runners – despite the uncertainty we’re still living and working under.
Since March, we’ve been forced to cancel all of our planned 2020 events. We’ve adapted to the current situation by, amongst other things, arranging virtual editions of the races which were cancelled, but if we are going to be able to continue to operate, we must look forward. Registration is open for the 2021 ASICS Stockholm (together with a few other events) and more events will open up in the future. At the same time, based on the information we have right now, we are carrying out an extensive scenario study to plan how we will organise the races, depending on how the situation may be at various points in time next year.
On this page we’re inviting participants to follow this work. It’s a living project which will be updated according to where we stand with new knowledge, guidelines and recommendations we must follow.
On 29 March 2020 a government ban was introduced on public gatherings with more than 50 persons, which, amongst other things, means that all open competitions (such as Marathongruppen’s mass races), assembling 50 or more persons at the same place at the same time, are prohibited. The restriction covers the entire competition area, no matter how big it is or how long the course is, which has made it impossible for us and other organisers of mass races to obtain permission for our races.
For the sake of public health, the spread of infection must be kept to a minimum, but for 2021 we are hoping that the authorities will understand better the dilemma which faces us and other organisers when it comes to the tight restrictions on public gatherings. The government has given the Public Health Agency of Sweden the task of analysing how mass-participation races and sports events held outdoors can be organised in a safe way which limits the risk of infection.
We know that we have the requirements to be able to organise mass-participation races outdoors, for healthy people and with the same social distancing conditions which apply for society as a whole. We hope that, together with the authorities, we can produce a working model which makes it possible to organise mass races without increasing the risk of infection.
We aim to hold ASICS Stockholm Marathon on 5 June 2021, and our two main scenarios are based on that being possible. But we still don’t know how the situation will be in the spring, and autumn 2021 is already becoming filled with other events. Therefore, we’ve decided now to secure an alternative autumn date. The race has not been moved, but if we find ourselves in a situation where we must do so, then 9 October is our reserve date. By 31 March at the latest, we will announce if the race has to be moved to the autumn. Read more about our various scenarios below.
Regardless of the scenario, we will carry out an infection control plan which is developed by all the organisers of large mass-participation events, together with federations within athletics, orienteering, skiing, cycling and swimming.
Date: 5 June 2021
.Summary: The event is organised according to the original plan but with clear infection control measures.Arrangement: Infection control measures such as surgical masks for officials, hand sanitizer, requests to stay home if you feel sick, etcetera, according to the current recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Date: 5 June 2021.Summary: Event which is completely adapted to corona requirements.Arrangement: Social distancing, no friends/family/support in the event area, controlled corralling of runners and several start groups under a longer period of time, event’s expo times extended, one-lap course, maximum number of participants can be reduced, ”first-come, first-served”, quicker dispersal of runners after the race, etcetera.
Date: 9 October 2021.Summary: Event is moved to autumn and is organised with clear infection control measures.Arrangement: Infection control measures such as surgical masks for officials, hand sanitizer, requests to stay home if you feel sick, etcetera, according to the current recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Date: 9 October 2021.Summary: Event is moved to autumn and is completely adapted to corona requirements.Arrangement: Social distancing, no friends/family/support in the event area, controlled corralling of runners and several start groups under a longer period of time, event’s expo times extended, one-lap course, maximum number of participants can be reduced, ”first-come, first-served”, quicker dispersal of runners after the race, etcetera.
ASICS Stockholm High Five, Stockholm Mini Marathon and Leos Minsta Maran are organised in conjunction with ASICS Stockholm Marathon and the arrangement of these races will be adapted to the scenario which applies to the marathon race.
We are carrying out a similar scenario study (as that presented above) for ASICS Premiärmilen and ASICS Premiärhalvan. The two main scenarios (A and B, see above details) are to organise the races on 27 March and 24 April, respectively.
Scenarios C and D (see above details) are based on the following reserve dates: ASICS Premiärmilen (28 August) and ASICS Premiärhalvan (18 September). By 17 February for ASICS Premiärmilen and 3 March for ASICS Premiärhalvan, at the latest, we will announce if the races must be moved to the autumn.
Our recommendation is that you block both dates in the calendar and, if possible, wait to book travel and accommodation or select options with free cancellation. No later than 31 March, we will announce if we will have to move the race to the autumn. We have also developed registration alternatives that will make it safer for you who want to participate in one of our races in the future. Read more about the voucher (värdecheck), our flexible start place, below.
ASICS Stockholm Marathon 2021 will take place and we have presented above, as extensively as we can at the moment, how it will be arranged. In order to further safeguard your position, we’ve introduced a product which we call värdecheck (voucher). The voucher is like a normal start place but you can choose which of the next three years you will run the race you have paid for. If you buy a voucher for ASICS Stockholm Marathon now in autumn 2020, it will be valid as a start place in 2021, 2022 or 2023. So you can take it easy and wait until you feel ready to redeem your start place. This must happen at the latest one month before the start, to guarantee you a place. Once you have cashed in your voucher, it will no longer be possible to postpone your race to a later date. → Read more about the voucher
The requirements for organising events during this pandemic are constantly changing. In early September when we opened registration, there were indications that restrictions were already easing and we were, therefore, confident that we could open a normal registration. At this time, we launched our flexible start place värdecheck (voucher) and updated our General Terms and Conditions in order to make the conditions for participants as clear as possible. Over the autumn we have invested a lot of time and energy in being able to present, as early as possible, the various scenarios for how the event is going to be arranged. We will continue to update these, on an ongoing basis, so that participants will always be able to have an insight into our plans. → Read more about the voucher → Read the General Terms and Conditions here
We have an ongoing dialogue with the police and other authorities in order to establish how we can best organise ASICS Stockholm Marathon 2021. Our starting point is that we will hold the race on the usual course, and if we need to make changes due to prevailing restrictions, then we will look at alternative courses as central as possible. The exact course depending on the scenario will be announced as soon as it is possible.
If the date of the race is moved to 9 October, your registration will automatically be transferred. In our new general terms and conditions, which you accepted at registration, it specifies what happens in the event of a date change. → Read the General Terms and Conditions here
26 October 2020: The first communication about the scenario study for ASICS Stockholm Marathon 2021.
31 March 2021 (latest): The decision if we have to move the race to our reserve date 9 October 2021.
5 June 2021: ASICS Stockholm Marathon 2021.
9 October 2021: Reserve date for ASICS Stockholm Marathon 2021.
It is a challenging but also rewarding task, as we want nothing more than to be able to deliver race experiences for you, our runners and to continue to channel the profits back into the sport. Our aim in both cases is to promote people’s general health and well-being. That is our job. We believe in and look forward to 2021 with more opportunities to keep fit and run races together!
Marathongruppen is a non-profit organisation where all profits go back to our owner associations Hässelby SK Friidrott (Track & Field) and Spårvägens Friidrottsklubb (Track & Field), and other non-profit organisations what we cooperate with. Our owners’ associations run children’s and youth activities and they also have elite athletes. More importantly, before our owner associations receive their contribution, a much larger proportion has gone to other associations, a total of over a hundred sports associations that receive a large portion of their annual income through our events. Revenue that make it possible to conduct daily operations with everything from coaches and office staff to local rents and equipment.