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Budapest Marathon - since 1984. More than 3000 runners in single and almost 1500 others in teams of 3 and 5 start on the marathon distance of the Budapest Marathon. Another 6000 runners are running the various distances of the minimarathon, fun run and the family run. The race will be hosting more than 10 000 runners from 43 countries, 1200 of them running the marathon.

   «Accomodation»       «Age limit»       «Awarding»       «Changing rooms, safekeeping»       «Course»       «Entry fees»       «Finish»       «First aid»       «How to register?»       «Important information»       «Massage after the race »       «Pace makers»       «Pasta party»       «Personal refreshments»       «Picking up your start number»       «Programs»       «Public transport»       «Race centre»       «Refreshment stations»       «Results»       «Start»       «Start package»       «Street musicians on the course»       «The chip»       «Time limit»       «Training opportunities»   

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Race centre

The race centre can be found on 56-osok tere (next to Heroes' Square).You can get there on foot from Heroes' Square (Hősök tere). 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!

Obtaining your start number is made easier if you present the confirmation letter. Should you need more help anyone of our staff will gladly assist you.

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Picking up your start number

All start numbers must be acquired at the race centre during opening hours. Tables will be divided according to your start number (ex. 4001-4090) so you can quickly select your table. Obtaining your start number is easier on presentation of the confirmation letter. Without confirmation letter ou can check your number on the startlist that will be set up at the race centre. In any case 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 a T-shirt with a unique logo, the race chip (for single and relay/ekiden marathon runners, plus Minimarathon runners), the Pasta Party ticket, a sponge for refreshment and on top of these the entry fee includes a medal and a finisher bag. Those who paid the original entry fee can enter the Széchenyi Bath after the race and use the thermal bath until 17.00 o'clock.

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The chip

The single and relay/ekiden marathon times will be measured by ChampionChip system. If you have your own ChampionChip then 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 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 until 16.00 o'clock at the latest to specific tents assembled at the finish area, not the race centre. Please fasten the chip to your shoelaces. First you have to untie and remove your shoelaces, put your chip on it then tie it again. The Chip Controll personnel can show you how the chip should be fitted.

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Changing rooms, safekeeping

The location of these will be designated later.

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Pasta party

The Pasta Party is held on Saturday, 01 October 2011 from 14:00 pm to 17:30 pm, for which we provide tickets to all individual marathon and 30km runners and relay/ekiden marathon runners so everybody can load their muscles before the race. You get your ticket when you obtain your start number. Friends and relatives are also welcome to attend the party, the price of the ticket for them is 4 €/person or 800 HUF/person. Tickets can be bought at the race centre or in front of the Pasta Party tent.

Pasta Party will be held on 56-osok tere (next to Heroes' Square).

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Start gate will be set up on Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) for all distances. Starting times (times are subject to change!):

The Heroes' Square is located about 1000 meters from the race centre. The start area will be divided separately according to planned race times. Runners must position themselves in the appropriate section. Sections of race time: -3:00, 3:00-3:30, 3:30-4:00, 4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00 and 5:00+. 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 some attractions that are part of the World Heritage, and across our greatest bridges.

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

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Street musicians on the course

Running 42 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 30 music-points with more than 90 buskers.

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Time limit

The time limit is 5 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 up 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 on the bus 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:

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Age limit

We accept entries from runners who were born before the 02 October 1993 (18 years old or older)

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Pace makers

There will be pace makers who run 3:30, 4:00 and 4:30 times to help amateurs better achieve their own planned time. Each time span will have two runners assigned to, with attached colour balloons so that they can be seen from a distance: 3:30 - red balloons, 4:00 - yellow balloons, 4:30 - blue balloons.

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Prizes awarded by gender 1-6 places in arriving order, no separate awards by categories.

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Refreshment stations

There will be twelve refreshment stations along the course, making sure you can acquire the necessary amount of liquid during the race. The first and last stations will only provide water while all other stations offer banana, lemon, glucose, isodrink 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 station.

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Personal refreshments

Runners may also use their own refreshments. Should you prefer these, please submit them at the race centre on 01 October 2011 at the desk where you pick up your start number or on 02 October 2011 from 7:30 am to 8:45 am.

Attention: we will provide blank stickers and markers so you can label your refreshments. Make sure you write your start number and station number on the label because without this information we cannot get it to the appropriate place for you. We cannot help in giving own refreshments to the runners. Unused bottles and containers of such will be disposed of after 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, an ambulance that will follow behind the race, another ambulance will be ready at the Lánchíd (Chain Bridge) in the relay switch area, doctors will constantly circle up and down the course, and a final first aid station will be set up at the finish line.

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The finish will be located on 56-osok tere. Relay runners will have to enter a separate lane. All marathon and 30 km 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 other company may not enter this area. We ask all runners to return their chips to one of the collecting tents. There will be medal graving in the finish area in case you would like to have your name and time onto the medal.


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Massage after the race

At the finish area, masseurs will be waiting for those who wish to relax their feet. The massage is free; its duration is about 10 minutes.

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Net time is being measured by ChampionChip timing system. Results may be viewed on the race site on 02 October 2011 from 22:00 pm .

Awarding: there will be an absolute awarding system between marathon and 30km 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. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 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 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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The day of the marathon is also a family day and multiple programs will await adults and children throughout the whole day on 56-osok tere. Various artists will perform on stage all day long and you can visit the sport-exhibitions or have a meal in one of the different restaurants nearby.

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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).

Don't miss the common training with your running mates before the Marathon! Breakfast Run on 01 October on Margaret Island (Margitsziget). Distance: 5.3 km. Start: 9 a.m.

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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 201155 €30 €
till 08 August 201155 €
till 19 September 201165 €
till 02 October 201180 €

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