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Report of the 21st Nike Budapest Half Marathon
04 September 2006

There were more than 6000 participants - among about 1000 foreign runners - in 21 Nike Budapest Half Marathon on 3rd September. A very sunny morning greeted the runners from all around the world, among them Ferenc Gyurcsány the Prime Minister of Hungary.
'It was an unbelievable start'
- lots of people said after the race. At 10 o'clock with the rhythm of the Samba Batucada Band the runners started their 8 minutes start in the City Park (Városliget). After running through the Heroes' Square, the crowd rolled to Andrássy Street. The sportsmen - men and women, young and old, Hungarians and foreigners - could admire the beauties of the Hungarian capital for 2.5 hours and proved that a route of 21.097,5 meter is a distance that can be conquered. At 10.15 there was another start for the Nike-Fun-Run (3,5 km). The relatives of the half-marathon runners, children and those who prefer the shorter distances took part in this race.
Results:
In the half marathon race Barnabás Bene (HUN) was the winner among men with the result of 1:06:32, Tamás Tóth (HUN) the second with 1:06:54 and Jackton Odhiambo Wasiema (KEN) became the third with 1:07:06.
Anikó Kálovics (HUN) was the best female runner with 1:10:46. She was followed by Simona Staicu (HUN) (1:12:08) and Beáta Rakonczai (HUN) (1:14:22).

The hot and hazy weather made the distance even harder that is why no wonder why the Hungarian prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány said right after the race: 'The last 6 kilometres were extremely hard. But only one thing matters: I have managed to do it.
'After the race hundreds of runners and their relatives enjoyed the late summer sunshine and analysed the details of the race.
Our next race is on 9th September: 11th K&H Night Run. Everybody is welcome to run with us in a special run in Budapest with night-lights.

The most foreign runners (250) came from Great Britain. The second largest group was the Dutch - with 200 people. From Germany 100 people arrived to participate in the race. There were runners from far countries such as Panama, Sierra Leone and Malaysia.
The best foreign runners:
Men

  1. Jackton Odhiambo Wasiema (KEN) 1:07:06
  2. Israel Garcia Carrasco (ESP) 1:09:22
  3. Dieter Pratscher (AUT) 1:10:40

Women
  1. Jackton Odhiambo Wasiema (KEN) 1:07:06
  2. Israel Garcia Carrasco (ESP) 1:09:22
  3. Dieter Pratscher (AUT) 1:10:40

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Unique Half Marathon medal
29 August 2006

Every individual half marathon runner who finishes the 21K race will receive this unique Half Marathon medal. There will be engraving service at the finish area. You can engrave your name and time into the medal for 800 Ft or 3 €.

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Nike DRI-FIT T-shirt
28 August 2006

We would like to inform our runners that we have run out of Small (size: S) Nike DRI-FIT T-shirt. We can guarantee it only for those runners who had already paid for it before 27th August.

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Sound of music on the Nike Budapest Half Marathon
24 August 2006

More then 16 street musicians will help runners in winning the distance on the 21st Nike Budapest Half Marathon. Different music - different rythm - different mood almost at each kilometer. Open your ears when you run, melody will help you when you feel tired.

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Running for charity on the Budapest Half Marathon
21 August 2006

7 runners will run for the Vasculitis Foundation on the Budapest Half Marathon. They all are representing their company, The Capital Group Companies, headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The team members are Linda Toth, Paul Catherwood, Christine Steele, Heidi Novaes, Richard Bridges. Representing self, but part of our team: Haidi Kordic, and Johnny Lai.
Vasculitis Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to patients with Wegener's Granulomatosis and other types of vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels). The group supports research into the cause and cure of these rare autoimmune disorders and aims to raise awareness in the general public and the medical community about WG and vasculitis, with the goal of earlier, more accurate diagnoses. While based in St. Louis, MO, the foundation has members in 45 countries. More information: http://www.vasculitisfoundation.org/

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Nike DRI-FIT T-shirt
18 August 2006

We would like to inform our runners that we have run out of ExtraLarge (size: XL) Nike DRI-FIT T-shirt. We can guarantee it only for those runners who had already paid for it before 29th July.

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Download half marathon guide
14 August 2006

We are glad to inform our runners that the Budapest Half Marathon guide is available in English and German on our website. You can dowload it here: http://www.budapestmarathon.com/guide/half_eng_06.pdf.
All runners will have printed guide at the race centre together with the start bag. Please read the guide carefully as it contains important information about the race.
Have a good time for the reading.

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Charity on the half marathon
05 August 2006

Sarah and Jonathan Leeson are running in the Budapest Half Marathon for the first time this year. Sarah and Jon originally come from the UK and have been living in Budapest for nearly a year now, where they are both working. They are looking forward to the opportunity to run through the city and compete in the event. They can often be seen running around Margaret Island with their Border Collie dog with them, or running through the woods up in Obuda.
Sarah and Jon will be raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a UK Leukaemia charity which provides lifesaving donors for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. If you would like to sponsor Sarah and Jon for their run and donate money towards the Anthony Nolan Trust, you can do so on-line via http://www.justgiving.com/BudapestLeeson

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More than 700 foreign runners on the half marathon
05 August 2006

The 700th foreign runner has registered for the 21st Nike Budapest Half Marathon. You can still register till the race. The on-line registration is open till 27th August. Entry fee is 35 €/person if you pay it before that date. We accept registratoins at the spot (on 2nd and 3rd September) for 45 €/person.

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British in the leading group
05 August 2006

More than 200 British runners have registered for this year half marathon. British have surpassed themselves. they were the second largest nation among the participants behind Hungarian runners last year. This is the same now. Dutch are at the third place, they were the seconds last year.

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List of starters
15 June 2006

We have set off the Startlist of starters on our website. Here you can find all the runners whose registrations have been completed and accepted by the Budapest Marathon Organisation. You can check whether all the data you have given to us are listed correctly. If you cannot find yourself in the list but you already registrated yourself at least one week before or if you find any wrong data, please contact us: budapest.run@futanet.hu

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Photos in our website
15 June 2006

Are you interested in our race Pictures? You can find hundreds of photos on our website. You can browse the pictures and find good photos of yourself or of your friends. We wish you an amusing browse.

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Running magazines of Budapest Marathon and Half Marathon
15 June 2006

In the last years more and more journalists came from all over the world to Budapest representing international running magazines. If you want to see the races with their eyes and have independent opinions read their articles. You can find them by clicking on International Press. Here you can also find articles of previous years.

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Congratulations to our winners!
15 June 2006

We congratulate to our winners Hugo Schwarz and Andera Windholz who took part in our special offer in the expo in Vienna. Mr Schwarz won accommodation of three nights for two persons in Hotel Ibis Váci út and a free entry for the Budapest Marathon. Ms Windholz won accommodation of three nights for two persons in Hotel Ibis Váci út and a free entry for the Budapest Half Marathon.

We congratulate to our winners Scott Bradridge and Michael Tallent who took part in our special offer in the expo in London. Mr Bradridge won accommodation of three nights for two persons in Hotel Ibis Váci út and a free entry for the Budapest Marathon. Mr Tallent won accommodation of three nights for two persons in Hotel Ibis Váci út and a free entry for the Budapest Half Marathon.

We congratulate to our winners Maria Hecker and Susanne Keucher who took part in our special offer in the expo in Berlin and Hamburg. Ms Hecker won accommodation of three nights for two persons in Hotel Ibis Váci út and a free entry for the Budapest Marathon. Ms Keucher won accommodation of three nights for two persons in Hotel Ibis Váci út and a free entry for the Budapest Half Marathon.

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It is still not late to register for the Budapest Half Marathon!
15 June 2006

Please do not forget that the first expiry date of the entry for the Budapest Half Marathon is 30th June (30 €). If you register after this date you have to pay 35 €.

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The unique Nike dri-fit running strip is already available
15 June 2006

You can already buy the limited edition unique Nike dri-fit running strip with the logo of the race on it. It costs 20 €. Fill in the order form below and then send it to our fax: 00-36-1-273-0936.

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Growing number of visitors on our web-site
15 June 2006

We are gladly informing you that comparing to last year the number of visitations of our web site (www.budapestmarathon.com) grew with 25% this may. We hope that this rate will grow constantly as we develop our site. We encourage you to browse the site: you can find not only information about our races but you can see our short films about the Budapest Marathon and Budapest Half Marathon. Previous races can be also seen in Web TV.

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The Budapest Marathon at marathon expos
01 May 2006

The Budapest Marathon has traveled to the Berlin Half-Marathon, the Hambug Marathon and the London Marathon expos. It still isn't too late if you haven't met us there, you can catch us on may 5-6th at the Vienna Marathon expo. All visitors are welcome at our booth.

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Budapest Marathon newsletter
01 May 2006

We have already sent out the first edition of the Budapest Marathon newsletter, which we would like to send to our old and new runners every two months. Would you also like to recieve a copy? You can sign up to our mailing list here: Subscribe.

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Times of old
01 May 2006

Have you ran on one of our races? Has one of your friends or relatives participated on a Budapest Marathon of Half-marathon? If they have finished the race, you will find their finishing times by clicking on the Results link. Thousands of finishing times going years back are all waiting for you. You can browse results sorted by name, time, country etc.

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Get to know the race through pictures!
01 May 2006

All the photos taken at all races during the past few years may be found at the link to Photos, later they will be moved to the media corner. Try to find yourself, your friends, relatives or simply take a look at the city.

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