August 5th 2023 Vartiosaari, Helsinki

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Saarten 10 is a small and friendly 10km running event in Vartiosaari, Helsinki. Come and enjoy the nature and the beautiful island on August 5th 2023!

This is a charity event and all the profits will be donated to Saparomäki, a animal sanctuary and forever home for farm and production animals. The post race snacks and drinks are all vegan.

For who?

Saarten 10 aims to be a positive and beginner friendly running event that welcomes all runners regardless of their running background. Hopefully there will be challenges for the more competitive types, too!

The event has two categories, race and hike. Runners of all level are welcome to both categories! The categories are mostly the same but on the hike category there are no prizes and the results are not public. Hikers can ask their own time from the organisers.


Participation fee is €20 and €15 for the members of Vegaanijuoksijat ry. There are a couple of free entries available for economically disadvantaged - contact via for more information!

“Thanks for well organized race, it was great to run the Islands. Could you please share the recipe for the the LOVELY blueberry pie as a consolation prize?” – Niina
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The route

Both the start and the finish are near the main dock. The route is 10km and it's somewhat hilly. The route is partly gravel and partly trails. The route will be clearly marked and in selected spots there will be staff to guide you. The roads and trails are shared with general public so please pay attention to others who may not be aware of the race and make sure you give way. Mind the fragile nature, no littering or stepping outside the trail. There are no aid stations on the route but there will be drinks and some snacks for recovery at the finish.

Small changes for the route are possible, always follow the flags on trails. One loop is 5km. Download a .gpx track for your watch.


Instructions for the race day


You can pick up the bib number and drop your baggage from 12:00pm and the bibs are available for pick up until 12:45pm. The race starts at 1pm. Baggage left to organizers needs to be picked up by 3pm.


We recommend public transportation to Laajasalo and a short ferry ride to Vartiosaari. Reposalmen lautturit operates ferries between Laajasalo and Vartiosaari. The ferry operates non-stop and one-way tickets are 2,50€. From Herttoniemi you can take the bus 89 (500m walk to the ferry) or busses 85 / 88 (~1km walk).

Vartiosaari can be also accessed by a ferry operated by FRS Finland, see the details from FRS Finland website.


The services at Vartiosaari include a cafe, water posts and toilets. You can leave a dropbag to the organisers. The bags will be stored outdoors. There will be something to drink and light snacks available after the race.


The roads are not closed for the event so please pay attention to others sharing the routes. The organizers hold a right to use the photos and video taken during the event. The runners are not insured by the organizers.

You can transfer the run to next year for medical reasons, contact

“The event had a great atmosphere with happy runners and beautiful scenery.” – Tanja
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