Budapest Marathon, Half Marathon and 30K - 2013/2014
The Budapest Marathon first appeared in 1984 under the old socialist system.
Since then more and more runners return every year and the race has developed
quite a bit throughout the years. In 1984, 650 people finished the course while
on 2 October 2011, when the latest Budapest Marathon took place, almost 3000
runners from more than 50 countries ran the marathon. The same is expected for
the next Budapest Marathon in October 2013 (date to be confirmed).
Aside from the 42.195 km individual marathon race, it is possible to enter as a
three or five person relay team or a 30km course following the last 30km of the
marathon route. In addition to this, a 4km Fun Run for children and a 7.5km mini
marathon are taking place. In 2009, a total of 13,800 runners participated in
the various distances.
A half-marathon is also arranged on the streets of Budapest. The next Budapest
International Half Marathon will take place on 4 September 2011.
The course of the Budapest Marathon is a veritable sightseeing tour. The
starting line is placed on the impressive Heroes’ Square, where the anticipating
runners are encircled by 24 statues of former kings, governors and other people
from 1,000 years of Hungarian history. From there, runners are led directly to
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Andrassy Avenue, aligned with neo-renaissance
palaces and mansions.
Soon runners will find themselves touring up, down and across Danube River,
passing some of the main attractions of the capital, including Buda Castle,
Parliament Building and the 150-year-old Chain Bridge. Because a large part of
the marathon is taking place on the banks of Danube River, the course is very
flat with the bridges across the river as the only gradients. Feel free to go
for that PB, if you can keep your attention off the sights along the route.
Race weekend will finish stylishly with fireworks and a post-race party, but
before that, a treat - which is bound to keep your spirits up during those final
gruelling kilometres - is offered to every finishing marathoner. Free entry to
one of the oldest spas in the city, the Szechenyi Bath, with saunas, thermal
baths, 22 indoor and outdoor pools and many other features that will make your
worn-out body think it’s in heaven.
Registration and further information? Please follow the link to the official
Budapest Marathon site here
Budapest Marathon Course
If you follow this
you will find maps of the marathon course, the start and finish
areas, as well as course maps of the 4 km Fun Run for children and the 7.5 km Minimarathon.
Budapest Marathon Results and Information 2013/2014