The Raatteen Maraton is run on the Raatteen road, known from the legendary Winter War battles, from the border zone to Suomussalmi municipal center. The historic marathon route includes several Winter War battlefields and monuments. The purpose of the Raatteen Maraton is to honor the generation of veterans who fought for independent Finland in the battles of Raatteen Road and to cherish the history of Raatteen Road. Suomussalmen Rasti, Suomussalmi Municipality and Kainuun Liikunta ry are responsible for arranging the event.

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Distances and competition categories

Marathon 42,2 km, start at 11.00 am
Half marathon 21,1 km, start at 12.30
10 km, start at 13:00
Leave no man behind 23,2 km, start at 12.00
Kids´mile at 11.00 am

Categories Men, women, M/W 40, 50 and 60
10 km: Men, women and under 16 years old

Leave no man behind -series runs in teams of three runners. The team runs together according to the theme, and even if time is taken, it doesn’t decide.

The top three from each series will be rewarded (except for the children’s mile). A commemorative award for each participant in the children’s mile.


  • Avoid physical contact and maintain safety distances to other people
  • Wash hands or use gloves
  • For bus transport, everyone has a mandatory respirator / mask provided by the organizer
  • At service points, drinking and eating are pre-dispensed
  • At the finish, the soup is pre-dispensed
  • Prize giving will be delivered on a pick-up basis
  • At the finish the use of washrooms is aligned according to the prevailing disease situation
  • Only healthy and symptomless people are allowed to attend the event

Route description

The Raatteen Maraton runs from the Raatteen road, scene of one of the Winter War’s most legendary battles, to the town centre of Suomussalmi. The start is from the Raatteentie border barrier, where runners are transported by bus. There are several war battlefields and monuments on the marathon route, i.e. running in the original battle environment.
Marathon route from Raatteentie border barrier to the center of Ämmänsaari (19 km gravel road, continues on asphalt and at the end 3 km gravel park paths; 34 km public road, the rest 8 km light traffic lanes).

A half-marathon starts at the guesthouse Karhun Pesä (former Portin Majatalo) and ends in the center of Ämmänsaari.
The half-marathon follows the same route as the Raatteen Maraton.

The start and finish of 10 km are in front of the spa Kiannon Kuohut. The route goes through Suomussalmi from the city center along the shore towards Suomussalmi center. The 10 km turning point is before the crossroad of Haukiperä, returning the same route. The trail is for the most part along the shore that is, it is very nice to run with strollers or take the dog with you.

“Leave no man behind” -serie start is from Raatteen Portti and from there the route follows the same route as the marathon. The distance for the ”Leave no man behind” route is 23,2km.

The kids´mile start and finish are in front of the spa Kiannon Kuohut. The route circulates in Jätkänpuisto and in harbor area. The surface is almost entirely on the gravel surface in the harbor area. Children’s mile is for children under 16 years.

Route Map

Route opens HERE

Route profile opens HERE

Refreshment points

There are refreshment stations located at approximately every 4 to 5 km on the course. Water, sports drink (HIGH5), non carbonated cola (last 2 stations) and raisins and are served at the stations.

Venue facilities

There is a transport from the finish area to the marathon start. In the start area there are toilets, and a chance to wait for the race start indoors. In the Spa Kiannon Kuohut there are changing facilities, and after the race runners can relax in the spa. Personal belongings will be transported to the finish by the organizers.

Entry fees 

10km 21,1km 42,2km Leave no man behind
until 31.1.2021 25 € 30 € 30 € 90 €
1.2.-30.4.2021 30 € 40 € 40 € 110 €
1.5.-31.7.2021 30 € 50 € 50 € 110 €
1.8.-12.8.2021 30 € 60 € 60 € 110 €
late entry 14.8.2021 40 € 70 € 70 € 120 €

The entry fee includes participation, transport, medal, meal in the finish and spa ticket.
Raatteen Maraton technical t-shirt can be bought upon signing up for 20 €.

Attention: Online registration is open until 12.8. and late entry is possible only on 14.8. in the competition office.

Payment methods

When registering online, you can choose the most common online banks and credit cards.

– Note! If you want to pay with exercise vouchers, E-passport, Smartum Saldo prepayment or Eazybreak, send your participation information by e-mail: tapahtumat@kainuunliikunta.fi. Instructions for registering here. (Only in Finnish atm.)

Only cash is accepted on site at the race office.

Competition office

The race office is located at the Spa Kiannon Kuohut (Jalonkatu 1, 89600 Suomussalmi). The office is open on staturday from 8.00 to 13.00.
The competition director Ismo Juntunen +358 440809010.

Transport to the start

Event Transport Start time Series
Marathon am 9.45 am 11.00 Men, women, M/W 40, 50 and 60
Leave no man behind am 9.45 pm 12.00 Men, women and mixed
Halfmarathon am 11.30 pm 12.30 Men, women, M/W 40, 50 and 60
10 km pm 13.00 Men, women and under 16 years old
Kids´mile am 11.00 under 16-years old

The transport to the start (Ämmänsaari-Raatteen road border barrier) leaves at 9:45 for marathon runners.

– The start and finish of the 10 km and kid’s mile are in the spa yard, so transportation is not required.
– The top three from each series will be rewarded (except the children’s mile and the “Leavo no man behind” -series).
– Commemorative prize for each participant.


Spa Hotel Kiannon Kuohut:

95€/night /single room
120€/night/ double room

147€/night/triple room

extra person 27€/day, children under 12 13,50€/day.
Includes breakfast, gym and spa.

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Ismo Juntunen
tel: +358 440809010
email: juntunenismo@gmail.com