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21st Plus Budapest International Marathon Report
16 October 2006

A postponed marathon with great mood
Hungarian winner on the Budapest Marathon - Tamas Toth and Judit Foldigne Nagy are the best

Originally the 21st PLUS Budapest Marathon was planned for 1st October - finally the political event, demonstrations in Budapest caused the putting of the race off for 15th October. This change in the date didn't influence the atmosphere of runners and supporters. A marathon for individual runners and relay teams, a 30 km, a minimarathon, a fun run and a family run - all these races were held on the same day - there were 11 500 participants on the event.

A great, sunny weather, a real indian summer, great for running, welcomed the runners in Sunday morning in the City Park. The first start was at 9.40 when young and beginner runners complete a 3.5K distance in the park. The main attraction of the day came then: the marathon starters collected in the start zone and they were waiting the sound of the boom of cannon. The field was reached as far as more hundred meters. The most excited people were the runners who have run the first marathon in their life - we counted more then 100 of them.

However most of foreign runners could not start the race because of the postponing, more then 300 participants from 31 foreign countries could start on the race. Most foreigners came from Finland, England, Italy and France, but there were representatives from USA and Japan.

More then 1700 individual runners start on the 42 km distance and another 1700 runners complete the 42 km in a 3 or 5-member relay team. It was the first time when runners can start on a 30 km distance from the point of the 12 195 m of the marathon. Participants could start according their running speed, so they could join the marathon runners with the same rate.

The companions weren't bored because either, they could enjoy the family day that was held on the Felvonulási Square from the morning.

A runner words: "I want to congratulate you and your team on the magnificent well organized race event. For me it was the first marathon and I will remember it in my heart. The city is as beautiful as the people itself. It's a lovely city with lot of history. I know for sure that I will visit the city again so I can see more of it. Many thanks from me to all of you that made the event possible and see you next time...

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Download marathon guide
09 October 2006

We are glad to inform our runners that the Budapest Marathon Guide is available in English, in German, in French and in Italian on our website. You can dowload it here: http://www.budapestmarathon.com/guide/marathon_eng_ger_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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LAST MINUTE REGISTRATION
04 October 2006

Come and run in Budapest - one of the beautiest city of Europe!

The new date of the Budapest Marathon: 15th October 2006

Distances:

A great event, with more than 10 000 participants in spite of the new date.

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PLUS Budapest International Marathon - NEW DATE
02 October 2006

The new date of the 21st PLUS Budapest International Marathon and Running Festival is 15th October.

We hold the marathon and other disatances (marathon relay and ekiden, minimarathon, fun run, family run, walking) according to the original plans.

We are waiting for new registratoins via our home page (on-line entry form) or by fax (0036-1-273-0936) till 11th October. You can download entry forms from our website www.budapestmarathon.com.

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No marathon on 1st October!
25 September 2006

Plus Budapest Marathon is adjourned - the safety of the runners is the most important
Because of the unfortunate events in Budapest and the suggestion of authorities the organisers decided to adjourn the marathon race that was planned originally for 1st October 2006. The new scheduled date is 15th October 2006. After negotiations with the authorities the decision is expected in the second part of this week.

Arpad Kocsis, the race organiser of the Budapest Marathon: "We are really disappointed that the biggest sport event in Hungary had to be adjourned. But the president of the state and other honours suggested to postpone the race and the competent persons of the Hungarian police couldn't guarantee the safety of the runners' and the spectators', so we had to pass this decision. The anxiety for runners and visitors of the event (about 200 000 people) is in the first place at this moment. Of course I understand the disappointment of the runners who have trained hardly for the marathon and looked forward to the race. Organisers who were working for months to prepare the event are disappointed as well. This is why we are making efforts to hold the race on 15th October so the tradition of this 20 years old event hasn't be broken off.

Péter Eszényi, the managing director of Plus Hungary added: "We support the decisions of the Organisers. The security of the participants is the most important thing. We are still committed as main sponsor to the Plus Budapest International Marathon, because this race is one of the most outstanding sport event in Hungary. We would be really glad if we can organise it on another date.

You can follow the latest news in our website. You can follow the latest news in our website. Or you can call us on our information number: Krisztina Paitz +36-20-474-3145.

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Dear Fellow Runner!
21 September 2006

Because of the unfortunate events in Budapest over the past several days, (street demonstrations and riots,) police are unable to provide and guarantee the security of the Budapest marathon and its participants on the day of the elections.
After holding negotiations with municipal authorities and the police, we have been forced to reschedule the event and we will not be able to organise it on 1st October.
We are currently holding talks with authorities about holding the event probably on October 15, a date that is also supported by the city's management committee. A final decision on the new date will be made on September 27. We will provide you with further information as soon as it becomes available. We regret this inconvenience.

Yours sincerely,

Budapest Marathon Organisation

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Unique Marathon medal
29 August 2006

Every individual marathon runner who finishes the 42K race will receive this unique 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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More than 1000 foreign runners on the marathon
05 August 2006

The 1000th foreign runner has registered for the 21st Plus Budapest Marathon. You can still register till the race. The on-line registration is open till 24th September. Entry fee is 65 €/person if you pay it before that date. We accept registratoins at the spot (on 30th September and 1st October) for 75 €/person.

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British in the leading group
05 August 2006

Almost 200 British runners have registered for this year marathon. British have surpassed themselves. They were the second largest nation among the participants behind Hungarian runners last year. This is the same now. Germans are at the third place, same as 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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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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