Jyväskylä has a strong reputation as a city of sport and in addition to Neste Oil Rally Finland a number of other world or Finnish championship-level sports competitions as well as other events linked to sport and movement are organised in the city each year. Hippos – a complex of outdoor and indoor sports venues located close to the city centre – as well as the Harju Stadium and Laajavuori constitute versatile arenas for both summer and winter events.
Jyväskylä’s Rantaraitti – a surfaced path which circles Lake Jyväsjärvi – plays a major role in the Finlandia Marathon sports event staged each autumn, functioning as a level and attractive running route. The marathon’s late start time, twilight on an autumn evening, gives the event a totally unique atmosphere. Further information: www.finlandiamarathon.fi.