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Race Information » Halfmarathon

Budapest Half-Marathon - since 1984. Over 6000 single runners and about 900 runners in teams of 2, running the half marathon distance in Budapest last year. Another 1000 runners are participating in the fun run. More than 1200 runners from 49 countries came to participate on the race.

   «Accomodation»       «Course»       «Distances»       «Dressing rooms, clothes deposit (gardrobes)»       «Entry fees»       «Finish»       «First aid»       «How to register?»       «Important information»       «Pace makers»       «Picking up your start number»       «Public transport»       «Race centre»       «Refreshment stations»       «Results»       «Start»       «Start package»       «Street musicians on the course»       «The chip»       «Time limit»       «Training opportunities»   


21.0975 km for individual runners

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Race centre

The race centre can be found at City Park (Városliget), near the Széchenyi Bath (Széchenyi Fürdő), address: Kós Károly sétány. See map! You can get there on foot from Heroes' Square (Hősök tere), or by subway yellow line (M1). Opening hours:

Warning! There will be no safekeeping of any objects in the race centre. Dressing rooms can be reached by 5 minutes walk from here.

No start number picking up on other days!

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Picking up your start number

All start numbers must be acquired at the race centre near Széchenyi Bath during opening hours. Tables will be marked according to start number (ex. 6001-6090) so you can quickly select your table. Obtaining your start number is easier on presentation of the confirmation letter. Without confirmation letter you can check your number on the startlist that will be set up at the location. In any cases our staff will gladly assist you.

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Start package

Besides your start number you will also get the start package, which includes the race chip (only for single and relay half marathon runners), a sponge for refreshment and on top of these the entry fee includes refreshment, first aid, finisher bag and medal.

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The chip

The single and relay half marathon times will be measured by ChampionChip system. If you have your own ChampionChip you can submit its number to the entry personnel, at signing up, or at the latest when you acquire your start number. For those who haven't got their own chip, there is a single chip provided for the race with your start number. The deposit fee for this chip is either 1000 HUF. This deposit will be returned to you after the race, in exchange for the chip. Naturally if using your own chip you do not have to pay this deposit. We ask all runners to check their chips at the chip-control desk.

You must use chip on the race. You may not participate in the race without having one.

Attention: the chip cannot be used at any other races. The chip must be returned the latest until 13.00 o'clock to the race centre, in Széchenyi Bath, at the same place where you picked it up. Please fasten the chip to your shoelaces. How to fasten the chip on your shoe? First you have to untie and remove your shoelaces, put your chip on it then tie it again. It's important that you should not fasten it only to your shoe or not after tightening the shoelaces. Otherwise you might lose your chip.

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Dressing rooms, clothes deposit (gardrobes)

The location of these will be designated later.

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Start gate will be set up on Kós Károly Promenade (Kós Károly sétány) for all distances. Starting times:

The Kós Károly sétány is located about 100 meters from the race centre. The start area will be divided according to planned race times. Runners must position themselves in the appropriate section. Sections of race time: -1:30, 1:30-1:40, 1:40-1:50, 1:50-2:00 and more than 2:00 hours. Please start from the right section!

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The course is approved by the AIMS. It is flat for most parts, the only difference in levels are the driveways leading up and down from the bridges. The course guides the runners through the most beautiful parts of the city, next to the most famous buildings and even attractions that are part of the World Heritage, and through our greatest bridges.

Kós Károly sétány - Hősök tere - Andrássy út - József Attila utca - Roosevelt tér (MTA előtt) - Széchenyi Lánchíd - Clark Ádám tér - Fő utca - Jégverem utca - Bem rakpart - Halász utcai lehajtó (dél felé) - Budai alsó rakpart - Pázmány Péter sétány - Műegyetem rakpart - Bertalan Lajos utca - Budafoki út - Gellért tér - Szabadság híd - Fővám tér - Sóház utca - Belgrád rakpart - Pesti alsó rakpart - FORDÍTÓ (a Szent István park előtt) - Pesti alsó rakpart - Margit híd északi felhajtó - Széchenyi rakpart - Balassi Bálint utca - Szalay utca - Kossuth Lajos tér - Alkotmány utca - Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út - Nyugati téri felüljáró - Váci út - Ferdinánd híd alatt - Lehel út - Dózsa György út - Állatkerti út - Állatkerti körút - Kós Károly sétány

In the light of the reconstructions of the metro line 4 the course might change slightly.

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Pace makers

This year for the first time pacemakers will be helping runners on the course to achieve their time target. The pacemakers are trainers of the Nike Club. You can meet them from 8 o'clock on 5 September in front of the big tent of Nike. After 9:35 they will stand in the start zone. The pacemakers will have a sign showing their target time and they will also have balloons.

The target times:

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Street musicians on the course

Running 21 km is not easy and can be boring sometimes. We would like to help you with some fun, so there will be several musicians on the course. There are more than 10 music-points with more than 20 buskers.

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Time limit

The time limit is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The race will be followed by the closing bus, which runners can get up on if they suffer an injury or are forced to give up. The closed roads will be opened after the time limit elapses, for this reason those who are caught up by the closing bus must get on it. Runners who give up or suffer an injury will be transported back to the race centre by the bus. Please return your chip should this be the case. It is forbidden to keep running once the bus passes you, because roads will be opened to traffic after the time limit. Part time limits:

Age limit: we accept entries from runners, who born before 04 September 1999.

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Refreshment stations

There will be six refreshment stations along the course, making sure you acquire the needed amount of liquid. The first and last stations only provide water while all other stations offer banana, lemon, glucose, isodrink (Powerade) and water. All stations supply water so you can wet your sponge while running. We ask all runners to keep their sponges with them until the end of the race.

Toilets will be set up in the start/finish area and beside each refreshment station. There is no option for personal refreshment on the race.

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First aid

First aid will be available from start to finish, at multiple locations throughout the course. These are: doctors on motorcycles that will follow behind the race, another doctors by bicycle will constantly circle up and down the course and doctors in the finish area.

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The finish will be located on the Olof Palme promenade (Olof Palme sétány). Relay runners will have to enter a separate lane. All half-marathon runners will receive a unique medal and a finisher bag upon crossing the finish line. The finish area is reserved only for runners and race staff - friends, relatives and company may not enter this area. We ask all runners to return their chips to the race centre, where you picked it up. There will be medal graving in the finish area in case you would like to have your name and time on the medal.

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Net time is being measured by ChampionChip timing system. Results may be viewed on the race site from 10.00 PM in the evening on 04 September 2011..

Awards: there will be an absolute awarding system between half marathon and half marathon relay runners.

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Budapest Marathon will be providing discount accommodation especially for runners. For details, please come back later.

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Important information

Please note: fair sportsman-like behaviour is expected of all participants. Please keep the marked route. The race number must be worn on the chest. There is no possibility for participation without chip. It is forbidden to participate in the race with skates, bicycles, dogs or other pets. Violation of these rules or not wearing a start number will result in exclusion from the race. Entries will be limited upon decision of the organiser. Entry forms will be dealt within the order of their incoming. Early submission of the entry forms will guarantee your participation in the half-marathon. Due to organizational reasons, payment of the registration fee by cheque is not possible. In case of double registration a handling fee of EUR 5 will be deducted from the amount to be refunded. Registered participants, who fail to take part in the race, for whatever reasons, may not claim a refund of the participation fee, but the registration will be valid for next year. Please make sure that your e-mail address is given correctly, otherwise it will be impossible to mail the confirmation.

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Public transport

Vehicles you can take to City Park (Városliget): underground (labelled M1, the yellow line) or trolley bus number 70, 72, 74, 75, 79. More information on

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Training opportunities

There are many places of training in Budapest. Let us recommend some of these to our runners: the most beautiful and most famous ones are Margaret Island and City Park (Városliget).

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Training opportunities

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How to register?

You can register:

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Entry fees

Amount is determined by the date of payment!

Special entry fee, valid if you have already taken part on any of the races organised by Budapest Marathon.

DeadlineEntry feeSpecial entry fee
till 17 April 201135 €21.5 €
till 03 July 201135 €
till 28 August 201140 €
till 04 September 201150 €

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