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01 November 2008

Online registration to the 24th Budapest International Marathon will be open from December 2008! Budapest is waiting for you, please come back and visit the site later!

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23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon
05 October 2008

A fantastic, real running weather welcomed the runners on the 23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon. More than 3000 marathon runners began the race at 10 o'clock in the morning. Over 500 runners joined them at the 12th kilometre to finish the course with the marathoners and run a 30 km distance. The 42 kilometres could be divided between 3 or 5 runners and thus about 500 teams of runners ran together with the marathon runners. Overall on 10 different distances 12 900 runners took part on the running day, out of them more than 2000 runners came from abroad, from 50 different countries. Never have so many foreigners come to Budapest in the past! The majority of the runners came from France, Great Britain, Finland, Germany and Italy.

This year a new course was designated for the runners, however, still including the most spectacular parts of Budapest.

The atmosphere of the race made the day unforgettable for all runners!

The race was also the Hungarian Marathon Championship, the winners were

Men

  1. Gergely Rezessy (Hungarian ) 2:24:18
  2. Erkolo Ashenafi (Ethiop) 2:24:21
  3. Tamás Bogos (Hungarian) 2:24:24
  4. Ferenc Biri (Hungarian) 2:25:07
  5. Szabolcs Kustos (Hungarian) 2:26:41
  6. István Őri (Hungarian) 2:26:47

Women

  1. Judit Nagy Földigné (Hungarian) 2:45:30
  2. Réka Bátai (Hungarian) 2:56:07
  3. Judit Pettkó-Szandtner (Hungarian) 3:02:03
  4. Gyöngyike Nagy (Romania) 3:03:14
  5. Zita Kis (Romania) 3:03:49
  6. Gilbert Sally (Great Britain) 3:05:03

The next Budapest International Marathon called the 24th Spar Budapest International Marathon will be organised on 4 October 2009! Come and join us, see this race for yourself!

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The Asics Technical T-shirt with the logo of the 23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon is available!
03 October 2008

The registration fee of the race contains the cotton T-shirt with the logo of the race. However, this year for the first time, you can also buy an Asics technical T-shirt. The T-shirt is available in the case of online registration or can be bought at the race centre for 15€ as long as stock lasts.
 

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Weather Forecast for the Race Day
03 October 2008

Based on today's weather forecast the expected weather on the race day is 13-16 degrees, mild wind, partly sunny, cloudy with little probability of rain. Upon arriving to Budapest, please check the weather forecast in your hotel.

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MARATHON BAR
01 October 2008

ONLY IN BUDAPEST:

23. PLUS BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL MARATHON BAR!

Come and JOIN US & chat with other 'RUNNER FANS', pass by for a coffee or a beer, taste the real local drinks, CHEER to your SUCCESS!

COME and ENJOY YOUR TIME!

The BAR awaits you ALL WEEK-END LONG!

Bring the leaflet (that you'll receive at the registration) or give the following password when ordering:

"UNDERGUIDE or MARATHON"

To benefit of the 10% DISCOUNT ON FOOD & DRINKS!

(offer valid from Friday to Sunday)


Program of the MARATHON BAR

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Start Number
01 October 2008

We kindly ask all runners of the 23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon for their own safety to fill in their personal and health data on the back of the start number.

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Time Limit
01 October 2008

The time limit on the race is 5 hours 30 minutes (gross 5 hours 38 minutes). Part time limits: 45 minutes at 6 km, 1:30:00 at 12 km, 2:15:00 at 18 km, 3:02:00 at 24 km, 3:51:00 at 30 km, 4:40:00 at 36 km. The race will be followed by a closing bus going at 7 minutes 30 seconds / km in the first part of the race and 8 minutes 10 seconds / km in the second part of the race. Those who are caught up by the closing bus should get up on it, return their chip on the bus and get their deposit fee on the bus as well.

The keeping to the time limit will also be controlled at the refreshment stations, runners exceeding the limit will not be allowed to continue the race!

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Pasta Party
01 October 2008

Since 1984 Plus Budapest International Marathon has been organising a pasta party. This is a good opportunity to get together, talk about the race and get prepared both mentally and physically.

At the Pasta Party you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to the Asics pacemeakers.

The party will be organised on 4th October on 56-osok Tér (near Heroes Square). Marathon and 30 km runners will receive a free ticket upon picking up their start numbers. Tickets for friends, relatives are available at 700 HUF (3€).

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Expected Number of Runners
01 October 2008

Based upon previous registrations we expect about 3000 runners on the marathon distance, a further 500 runners on the 30 km distance and 500 relay teams.

 

 

 

 

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Weather Forecast for the Race Day
01 October 2008

Based on today's weather forecast the expected weather on the race day is 13-16 degrees, mild wind, partly sunny, cloudy with little probability of rain. Upon arriving to Budapest, please check the weather forecast in your hotel.

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The Asics Technical T-shirt with the logo of the 23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon is available!
01 October 2008

The registration fee of the race contains the cotton T-shirt with the logo of the race. However, this year for the first time, you can also buy an Asics technical T-shirt. The T-shirt is available in the case of online registration or can be bought at the race centre for 15€ as long as stock lasts.
 

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23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon - Music and Refreshment points on the course
29 September 2008

0. 0 km Samba Batucada
1. 4,5 km 1. refreshment Station
2. 5 km Music DJ
3. 5,5 km Music DJ
4. 6,8 km Gustavito Band (conga)
5. 7,6 km Ekiden Relay music DJ
6. 7,9 km 2. refreshment station
7. 10 km Turkish whistle, horn, drum
8. 12, 1 km 30 km start
9. 11,6-12,5 km Hits from DJ Lugo
10. 12,5 km 3. refreshement station
11. 13, 4 km Fakutya band
12. 14 km Music DJ
13 14,6 km Ekiden, Relay relay point, Music: DJ
14. 15,5 km Drums band
15. 16 km 4. refreshment station
16. 16,6 km Carribean drum trio
17. 18 km Conga
18. 19-20km Hits from DJ Lugo
19. 19 km Ekiden Relay music DJ
20. 20 km 5. refreshement point.
21. 21 km Chip controll
22. 21,5 km Music: DJ
23. 23 km Drums, whistle
24. 24,2 km 6. refreshment station
25. 25,2 km Drums, whistle
26. 26,2 km Music: DJ
27. 26,6 km music DJ
28. 26,6 - 27 km Hits from DJ Lugo
29. 27,2 km 7. refreshment station
30. 29,2 Conga
31. 30,2 Carribean drum trio
32. 31,2 km Drums band
33. 32 km Music DJ
34. 32,6 km 8. refreshment station, Ekiden, Relay relay point, Music: DJ
35. 33,6 km Fakutya band
36. 34,2 km 9. refreshment station
37. 34,2-36 km Hits from DJ Lugo
38. 36,6 km Gustavito Band (conga)
39. 37,3 km 10. refreshment station
40. 38,2 Conga, rattle
41. 38,8 11. refershment station
42. 40,2 km Samba Batucada
43. 40,8 km 12. refreshment station
44. 41,1 km Indián Joe Blues Band
45. 41,8 km Tom White

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Refreshment on the Marathon
23 September 2008

According to the AIMS standard, refreshments will be offered every 4 kilometre of the course. The official refreshment isodrink of the race will be ISOSTAR, but we shall also offer water, banana, glycose at the stations and Coca Cola at the last two refreshment stations.

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23rd Plus Budapest Marathon Guide - Online Booklet
22 September 2008

The 23rd Plus Budapest Marathon Guide is available online. Please click on the link below and read all the important information about the race!

In case of any doubts or questions, please contact us at budapest.run@futanet.hu

 

 

 

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Marathon Badge
22 September 2008

At the race centre you will have the chance to buy the marathon badge for 700 HUF or 3€ as a memory of your great achievement!

 

 

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Only 2 weeks before the race
16 September 2008

There are now only 2 weeks before the race! The 23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon will be organised on 5 October 2008. There are already more than 1300 foreign runners on the marathon distance and more than 100 foreign runners on the 30 km distance. The majority of the runners will come from France, Great Britain, Germany and Italy.

Budapest is looking forward to welcoming runners from abroad!

 

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Metropol Breakfast Run
16 September 2008

On 4th October there will be a chance to meet other marathon runners and have a last joint training before the race.

Place: Margaret Island, Athletic Centre

Start: 9 a.m.

Registration fee: 10€

Getting there: The Athletic Centre is situated close to Margaret Bridge. Take tram 4 or 6 until the middle of the bridge and walk on the island from there, the race centre will be on your left.

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ONLY IN BUDAPEST !! - MARATHON BAR
16 September 2008

Some people say running is simply a SPORT. For others, it is a MUST. Some runners come to the race for the CHALLENGE, others say PARTICIPATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT.

We believe that races are also about getting TOGETHER, about the feeling of sharing a PASSION and GOOD MOMENTS by meeting other runners. This is the REASON why we decided to choose a GOOD BAR that is well located DOWNTOWN, close to the RACE CENTRE and to most of the hotels, and to convert it into the official 'MARATHON BAR' for the race week end(s)!

Come and JOIN US & chat with other 'RUNNER FANS', watch the PICTURES of various races, contact us if you want to show your own photos, come and exchange your T-shirts, pass by for a morning coffee, ask our underguides in the bar for information and advice about your demands in Budapest, taste the real local drinks, CHEER to your SUCCESS, dance to the live DJ sets - COME and ENJOY YOUR TIME!

The BAR and our underguide await you ALL WEEK-END LONG!

For exact date & time of picture watching, T-shirt exchange and special parties check the Marathon website before the races or ask at our info-desk in the race centre!!

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RUNNERS BANQUET DINNER CRUISE ON THE DANUBE
16 September 2008

The official closing event of the races for foreign runners!

The boat departs from the centre of Budapest and makes a two-hour round trip in the city. Is there a better way to celebrate your participation to the race than dining & cheering on the 'blue Danube' with other international runners?! You will be enchanted by the illuminated sights and the delicious Hungarian dishes and drinks you will be served, while you are listening to the commentary of the underguides who will tell you the legendary and secret stories of our beloved town. Join us!

This is a closing party of Budapest Marathon/Half Marathon, only runners and their companions can take part in this program.

Departs: on Sunday, 8 pm

Duration: approx.: 2 hours

Price: 66 €/pers.

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23rd Nike Budapest International Half Marathon 7 September 2008
09 September 2008

5000 finishers - 46 countries

Race Report

The largest half marathon of Central Europe was now organised for the 23rd time in Budapest. Overall almost 7000 runners took part on the event. Besides the 21 095 meter long half marathon distance, the runners could also choose to run the race in a team of 2 runners and there was also a fun run of 3,5 km organised for children and family members. This year the organisers designated a new course leading along the river Danube and in the city center showing the most important sights of Budapest with places that are part of the World Heritage.

The organisers put emphasis on this race on amateur runners, thus no professional runners were invited. The race was won with a moderate winning time of 1:07:22.

Among the runners there were more than 1000 runners from abroad. The majority came from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark and the USA. There were runners even from such far away countries like New Zealand, Israel and Mexico.

The next Budapest International Half Marathon will be organised on 6 September 2009!

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Only 5 weeks until the race!
28 August 2008

The 23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon will start in only 5 weeks. Runners can choose among a variety of distances: 42 km, 30 km, relay for 3 or for 5 runners, Minimarathon (7,5 km) and Fun Run (3,5km) walking (3,5 km).

For more information please see the race information on this page.

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Finisher Medal
28 August 2008

Finishers of the 42 km and the 30 km will receive a medal after the race. There will be a possibility for medal engraving at the finish area.
 

 

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The Asics Technical T-shirt with the logo of the 23rd Plus Budapest International Marathon is available!
28 August 2008

The registration fee of the race contains the cotton T-shirt with the logo of the race. However, this year for the first time, you can also buy an Asics technical T-shirt. The T-shirt is available in the case of online registration or can be bought at the race centre for 15€ as long as stock lasts.
 

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RUNNERS BANQUET DINNER CRUISE ON THE DANUBE
28 August 2008

The boat departs from the centre of Budapest and makes a two-hour round trip in the city. Is there a better way to celebrate your participation to the race than dining & cheering on the 'blue Danube' with other international runners?! You will be enchanted by the illuminated sights and the delicious Hungarian dishes and drinks you will be served, while you are listening to the commentary of the underguides who will tell you the legendary and secret stories of our beloved town. Join us!

This is a closing party of Budapest Marathon/Half Marathon, only runners and their companions can take part in this program.

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Unique distance on the marathon
01 May 2008

The 23rd Plus Budapest Marathon will be held on 5 October. Runners will have the chance to choose among the following distances:

30 km is a unique distance on our race! If you are not prepared yet to run a marathon or did not have time to get prepared for the classical distance, come and enjoy the city but still run a good race!

Register now!

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2nd BSI-Balaton Supermarathon
01 May 2008

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Music on the Course
01 May 2008

Musicians on the course will help the runners both on the half marathon and on the marathon to conquer the selected. The drums of Samba Batucada will cheer you at the start and welcome you at the finish and in between there will be several bands at numerous stations playing various types of music, among them Hungarian national music and Indian blues band.

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