SPAR Budapest Marathon 42 km

Attention! This is preliminary race info which is being updated. Year specific details, such as opening times and locations, will be posted 2 weeks before the race at the latest.

Date & location

Start Date

09:00 AM, October 11, 2020

Start/Finish area

Pázmány Péter sétány, Budapest, 1117 – in front of the Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) Lágymányosi Campus

Distance

35th SPAR Budapest Marathon: 42.195 m

Location of the Start

Marathon with Marathon Relays:

Pázmány Péter sétány, Budapest, 1117 – in front of the Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) Lágymányosi Campus

Check the site area map and the starting zones of the 2019’s race

How to get there

HOW TO GET TO THE RACE CENTER (BUDA)

  • From Kelenföld Railway Station: take the metro line M4 in the direction of Keleti Railway Station. Get off at Móricz Zsigmond körtér (the 3rd stop from Kelenföld). Then take the tram 6 to Petőfi híd Budai hídfő (2 stops). From here, walk through Pázmány Péter sétány, and you will reach the Race Center in 600 m.
  • From Keleti Railway Station: take the metro line M4 in the direction of Kelenföld Railway Station. Get off at Móricz Zsigmond körtér (the sixth stop from Keleti)Then take the tram 6 to Petőfi híd Budai hídfő (2 stops). From here, walk through Pázmány Péter sétány, and you will reach the Race Center in 600 m.
  • From Nyugati Railway Station: Take the tram 4 or tram 6 to Petőfi híd Budai hídfő (10 stops) in the direction of Újbuda-Központ (in case of tram 4) or in the direction of Móricz Zsigmond körtér (in the case of tram 6). Get off at Petőfi híd Budai hídfő and walk through Pázmány Péter sétány, and you will reach the Race Center in 600 m.

Time Table

Timetable 

SUNDAY, October 11, 2020
9:00 – START35th SPAR Budapest Marathon
9:00 – STARTSPAR Budapest Marathon Relay for 2
9:00 – START Tolle UHT Marathon Relay for 4
9:40-10:15 – START SPAR 30 km

SPAR Budapest Marathon and the relay race will be started together in waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
Wheelchair and handbike racers can start ahead of the field but they have to consult with the race organizers in advance about passing the lead car.
(The start of the SPAR 30 km will be at the 12.195th meter on the marathon course)

Course

The exact course for the 2020 race will be uploaded soon.

General information:
Distance: 42.195 m
The course runs through the heart of Budapest, crosses several bridges, and passes the most well-known sites of the city.

To see the course animation video of 2019’s race, click here
To see the course map of the 2019’s race, click here

How to Register

In advance: online at entry.budapestmarathon.com until 23:59 on October 5, 2020. – Click here for prices and further details.
In the case of online registration, you can ask for an invoice after the registration has been closed. The invoice will be sent to you via email in .pdf format.

On-site: If the limit has not been reached registration is also possible on-site at the race center.
There is no on-site registration for wheelchair and handbike racers!

On-site registration opening hours:

8 October: 12:00 – 17:30
9 October: 9:00 – 17:30
10 October: 07:00 – 17:00
11 October (race day): 07:00 – 8:30

Entry fee includes

What you will get for the registration fee

  • participation in the race
  • course closed to traffic, verified by AIMS
  • Bib number
  • a unique technical T-shirt with the race logo
    • the size scale of S-XXL for women
    • the size scale of XS-XXL for men
  • a unique finisher’s medal for finishers
  • finisher’s goodie bag
  • chip timing
  • refreshment points along the course
  • medical service
  • music points throughout the course
  • other programs before and after the race
  • 21.26% VAT

Race center & bib pick-up

Race Center

The Race center tent will be located at Pázmány Péter sétány 1/C, Budapest, 1117 

HOW TO GET TO THE RACE CENTER (BUDA)

  • From Kelenföld Railway Station: take the metro line M4 in the direction of Keleti Railway Station. Get off at Móricz Zsigmond körtér (the 3rd stop from Kelenföld). Then take the tram 6 to Petőfi híd Budai hídfő (2 stops). From here, walk through Pázmány Péter sétány, and you will reach the Race Center in 600 m.
  • From Keleti Railway Station: take the metro line M4 in the direction of Kelenföld Railway Station. Get off at Móricz Zsigmond körtér (the sixth stop from Keleti)Then take the tram 6 to Petőfi híd Budai hídfő (2 stops). From here, walk through Pázmány Péter sétány, and you will reach the Race Center in 600 m.
  • From Nyugati Railway Station: Take the tram 4 or tram 6 to Petőfi híd Budai hídfő (10 stops) in the direction of Újbuda-Központ (in case of tram 4) or in the direction of Móricz Zsigmond körtér (in the case of tram 6). Get off at Petőfi híd Budai hídfő and walk through Pázmány Péter sétány, and you will reach the Race Center in 600 m.

Bib pick-up

You can pick-up your bib number at the Race Expo in the following hours:

  • Thursday, 8 October: between 12:00 and 17:30
  • Friday, 9 October: between 09:00 and 17:30
  • Saturday, 10 October: between 07:00 and 17:00
  • Sunday, 11 October: between 07:00 and 8:30

Please pick up your bib-number at least 30 minutes before the start of the race!
You must have your registration confirmation with you to pick up your bib, either printed or the e-mail on your phone. To collect the bib of another runner you must show his/her registration confirmation.

Participants running their first marathon in their life are entitled to wear another bib on their back with „MY FIRST MARATHON” will be written on it.
If you indicated in the registry form that this would be your first marathon, you will get this race number automatically when picking up your race number. If you didn’t indicate it when registering for the event, and you really want this special bib, you can ask for it at the international problem-solving table in the race center.

Pre-Race Pasta Party

More info will be available soon…

Limits

Entry limit

BSI reserves the right to introduce an entry limit at any time prior to the race.

Time limit

Budapest Marathon

5 hours 30 minutes net time
A sweep bus follows the runners after the last pace runner with a 5:30:00 finish time.
If you are passed by the sweep bus, you have to get on the bus, your race number will be crossed and you are not allowed to enter the finish area.

Pace chart of the sweep bus
1 km
0:07:38
2 km
0:15:16
3 km
0:22:54
4 km
0:30:32
5 km
0:38:10
6 km
0:45:50
7 km
0:53:30
8 km
1:01:10
9 km
1:08:50
10 km
1:16:30
11 km
1:24:12
12 km
1:31:54
13 km
1:39:36
14 km
1:47:18
15 km
1:55:00
16 km
2:02:45
17 km
2:10:30
18 km
2:18:15
19 km
2:26:00
20 km
2:33:45
21 km
2:41:33
22 km
2:49:21
23 km
2:57:09
24 km
3:04:57
25 km
3:12:45
26 km
3:20:36
27 km
3:28:27
28 km
3:36:18
29 km
3:44:09
30 km
3:52:00
31 km
3:59:55
32 km
4:07:50
33 km
4:15:45
34 km
4:23:40
35 km
4:31:35
36 km
4:39:37
37 km
4:47:39
38 km
4:55:41
39 km
5:03:43
40 km
5:11:45
41 km
5:19:52
42 km
5:27:59
Marathon
5:29:36

 

Age requirement

Budapest Marathon

By race day, registrants for this event must be 18 or older (born before October 11, 2002).

Time measurement

Time measurement

The UHF chip will be located at the back of your bib number.
Consequently, it is essential that you wear your own bib correctly: well visibly on your chest without folding it.
Failure to do so may result in a 10-minute time penalty.

 

 

Changing rooms, cloakrooms, toilets, Massage

Changing rooms

Facilities will be open before and after the race. Showers are also available on location for the individual marathon runners.
Additionally, there will be changing rooms at the start of 30 km and at the relay exchange stations.

Storage

FOR INDIVIDUAL MARATHON RUNNERS

  • Look for the storage tent that your bib number belongs to

(Each bib number belongs to different storage tent which will be indicated on boards. Location: Behind the „South building” of the Eötvös Lóránd University Lágymányosi Campus)

  • Tear off the baggage tag from the bottom of your bib number. Attach it to your baggage firmly with the safety pins provided in the race packet.
  • Hand over your baggage either to our event staff workers or drop it off at the tent.
  • After the race, you can reclaim your baggage by showing your bib number to our event staff workers

OPENING HOURS 

baggage drop-off (for 42 km individuals) : from 7:00  until 8:30
baggage pick-up: from 11:30 until 15:30

 

Attention! For valuables and personal items lost at the storage tents, the organizers cannot take any responsibility. After closure, any bags left at the storage tents will be automatically transported to and can be picked-up at BSI registration office (1138 Budapest, Váci út 152-156.)  on the week following the race.


Toilets

There will be portable toilets and urinals for men near the race center, at the start/finish area, at each refreshment and relay exchange station.
Women may use the toilets at the women’s changing room, in the basement area.

Massage

More details soon…

Starting Zones

You must start from the starting zone indicated by a sticker on your bib number with a yellow background + black zone number. (How to know which is your starting zone? You indicate a planned pace during your registration)
Zones will open approximately 25 minutes before the start and close 5 minutes before. Afterward, you may stand and start from the back of the field.

  • 1st zone: pace under 4:30 min/km
    • Marathon finish time under 3 h 10 min
  • 2nd zone: pace between 4:30 and 5:00 min/km
    • Marathon finish time between 3 h 10 min and 3 h 30 min
  • 3rd zone: pace between 5:00 and 5:30 min/km
    • Marathon finish time between 3 h 30 min and 3 h 52 min
  • 4th zone: pace between 5:30 and 6:00 min/km
    • Marathon finish time between 3 h 52 min and 4 h 13 min
  • 5th zone: pace between 6:00 and 6:30 min/km (and over for 10 km runners)
    • Marathon finish time between 4 h 13 min and 4 h 34 min
  • 6th zone: pace over 6:30 min/km
    • Marathon finish time over 4 h 34 min

If you would like to change your zone please ask for a new sticker at the Race Center or at the Information Tent.

Wheelchair and handbike racers can start ahead of the field but they have to consult with the race organizers in advance about passing the lead car.

Runners will be started in 3 waves:

  1. wave:  zones 1-2-3 together
  2. wave:  zone 4
  3. wave: zone 5-6 together

 

Pace Runners

 

Pace Runners

If you think you won’t be able to run at a predetermined speed, several pace runners aiming for different goal times and paces can help you realize your goals.

We choose all of our pace runners very carefully, all of them are experienced runners and they are able to surpass their own interests and do everything for the runners who are following them and trust them. They think instead of the runners, check the time regularly and encourage others.

Look for them in the starting zones. You can always spot them from afar by the beach flags on their back (with their goal race pace and goal finish time). Find the pace that best suits you:

Budapest Marathon planned finish times:

Refreshment Stations

Will be updated soon

Runners cannot hand over individual refreshment. 

Please think green!

Large garbage containers will be placed at every refreshment point on both sides. The last garbage containers will be placed 50 meters from the refreshment points. We ask you to put your garbage there at the latest.
Do not throw it away, don’t leave it on the ground.
Selective waste collectors will be established at the refreshment points as well.

 

 

 

Results

Results

A list of results will be published online in real-time, the lists are being updated while runners are crossing the finish line.

  • Runners who do not have time at one of the checkpoints along the course will not be given a rank.
  • Those who received a 10-minute penalty will be marked with an asterisk.

Prizes

Prizes

Prizes will be issued to the top 3 male and female individuals. The official results will be based on gross time.

Personalize your finisher medal

Order your medal insert engraved with your name and your result!
By doing this you can skip the long queues and you don’t have to bother with cash. Buy it online and after the event, we will send you the medal insert engraved with your name and time that fits neatly into the back of your finisher medal.
We will engrave your name and time on a small stick-on metal card and send it to your postal address. When you get it you can easily stick it onto the back of your medal and your personalized medal is ready!
The medal insert can be ordered prior to the race online at the entry.budapestmarathon.com website.
The personal medal insert can only be ordered for those with an individual result.
Price: 10 € (medal insert with shipping and handling to a foreign address)

Order Deadline:  October 18, 2020

Medical assistance

During the race, medical services are available in the medical area beside the finish line.

If you see someone collapsing along the course please notify the race organizers posted at each kilometer sign or at the refreshment stations.

At the back of each bib, you can find the phone number of the medical team.

Fill in the emergency section on the back of your bib. Do not forget to mention if you have taken any medication before the race!


Additional information

  • Please wear your race number on the front and make sure that it is clearly visible at all times and don’t fold it! Make sure you put your race number on your T-shirt properly with the safety pins which can be found in your race packet and also on the registration tables. Improper wear might result in a 10-minute time penalty.
  • Participation in the event is open to any properly trained runner or wheelchair racer who has agreed to the standard terms and conditions.
  • When you use earphones, you are unable to hear noises from outside, so you might obstruct a runner who is trying to pass you or race marshals or members of the medical team. It is not recommended to listen to MP3 players or any other devices plugged into both ears.
  • Among the runners, there will be race organizers on bikes and motorbikes, and also ambulances if needed.
  • Participants are not permitted to roller-skate, bike, run without a race number, or run with a dog. Those attempting to run accompanied by someone on a bicycle or on roller-skates can be disqualified.
  • Any commercial or promotional activity should be permitted by BSI in advance, in a manner determined by BSI.
  • BSI reserves the right to limit the number of participants and close registration at any time.
  • BSI reserves the right to change the route, the program, and the date of the event.

Cancellation policy

Withdrawal/Cancellation of the registration

If you cannot attend an event, you have the possibility to cancel your registration. In this case, you won’t lose the registration fee, it can be partially used until 31st December next year.

There are two deadlines for canceling your registration:

  • If you let us know until Monday midnight prior the week of the race that you can not attend the event then the registration fee – minus €2 handling fee – will be credited to your account.
  • If you let us know until Wednesday midnight on the week of the race that you can not attend the event then the registration fee – minus 25% handling fee – will be credited to your account.

The credit on your account can be used until Dec 31 2021 as a registration fee for our upcoming events.

The withdrawal/cancellation can be accepted only by sending an e-mail to the [email protected] address.

It is important to know that

  • If you make a cancellation until the first deadline, the registration fee of €2 or less will be credited entirely to your account.
  • In the case of a group, the amount – that will be credited to your account – will be reduced by €2 or 25%/member (depending on the date of the cancellation).
  • if the cancellation will not happen until Wednesday midnight there will be no amount credited to the account

Registration fees cannot be reimbursed!

Modification of the distance on an event:

If you have already registered for the event but you would like to modify the distance to a shorter or longer one, you should take the following steps:

  • withdraw your registration from the original distance. You can withdraw your registration via e-mail:[email protected]. We can process your request in 5 days. The registration fee – minus €2 or 25% handling fee – will be credited to your account.
  • After withdrawing your previous registration, you can register to the new distance online on the https://entry.budapestmarathon.com website by using the credit on your account, until the online registration is open.

You can modify the distance on the spot as well, at the International Problem Solving desk:

  • You have to fill in a new registration form for the new distance.
  • You can only modify your registration to a different distance if you haven’t picked up your BIB number and start package yet, or you drop them off upon modification.
  • The originally paid registration fee will be counted in the new registration fee on the spot, so you only need to pay the difference – if there is any – and 500 HUF handling charge.
  • On the spot, you cannot use the credit on your account and we are not able to credit any amount back to your account.