Race Info – Sunday

This is preliminary race info. Year-specific details, such as opening times and locations, will be posted 2 weeks before the race.
BSI reserves the right to change the route, program, and date of the event.

Date & location


October 7, 2018

Start/Finish area

To be announced later


SPAR Budapest Marathon: 42.195 m
Real Nature 30 km: 30.000 m
Tolle UHT Budapest Marathon Relay for 4: 42.195 m in four sections run by four runners
SPAR Budapest Marathon Relay for 2: 42.195 m in four sections run by two runners

The length of each section of the relay races will be published after the course has been measured and certified.


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 30 km will be at a different location: at 12.195 meters on the marathon course.
There will be no mass start, runners start individually according to their goal finish time.
This way each runner joins the marathon field when marathon runners run a similar pace as them.


Budapest Marathon & Budapest Marathon Relay for 2 and 4

The course runs through the heart of Budapest, crosses several bridges and passes the most well-known sites of the city.

30 km

The course will start at the 12.195th meter of the marathon course and follow the same route to the finish.


The exact course changes every year, however, you can take a look at the course of the previous edition here.

Race center & bib pick-up

Race centre

To be announced later

Bib pick-up

In the race centre until 30 minutes before the start.
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 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, you can ask for it at the problem-solving table in the race centre.

Changing rooms, cloakrooms, toilets

Changing rooms

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


In tents at the start/finish area. It can be used with the baggage tag attached to your bib.
Attention! We don’t guard valuables in the cloakroom!
Bags handed off at the start of 30 km will be transported to the cloakroom at the finish.
There will be no cloakroom at the relay exchange stations.
There will be a monitored bike rack at the site of the race.


There will be portable toilets and urinals for men near the race centre, at the start/finish area, at each refreshment and relay exchange station.

Refreshment stations

There will be refreshment stations set up around ever 3-4 km along the way.

Next to water, they serve other drinks and snacks to help your run, such as iso-drinks, banana, and glucose.

Pace runners

There will be pace runners who will help you achieve your goal time and guide you to the finish line.

Budapest Marathon planned finish times:
  • 3 hour 30 minutes
  • 3 hour 45 minutes
  • 4 hours
  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 4 hour 45 minutes
  • 5 hours
  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • 5 hours 30 minutes


In advance: online at entry.budapestmarathon.com until  17:00 on October 1, 2018. – Click here for prices and further details.

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

The registration fee includes:

  • participation in the race
  • race number
  • a unique technical T-shirt with the race logo
  • a unique finisher’s medal for finishers
  • refreshments
  • finisher’s bag
  • medical service
  • course closed to traffic
  • chip timing
  • other programs before and after the race
  • 21.26% VAT


Entry limit

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

Time limit

Budapest Marathon & Budapest Marathon Relay for 2 and 4

5 hours 30 minutes net time
A sweep bus follows the runners. 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.

30 km

According to the time limit of the marathon: the last runner must finish 5 hours and 30 minutes after the marathon start.
A sweep bus follows the runners. 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.


Age requirement

Budapest Marathon

By race day, registrants for this event must be 18 or older (born before October 7, 2000).

Budapest Marathon Relay for 2

By race day, registrants for this event must be 12 or older (born before October 7, 2006).

30 km

By race day, registrants for this event must be 16 or older (born before October 7, 2002).

Pasta Party

All participants are invited to take part in the Barilla Pasta Party on Saturday!
The pasta party is included in the registration fee of the SPAR Budapest Marathon and 30 km, while others can purchase their ticket on site.

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.
The price of the medal insert with shipping and handling (to a foreign address) is 6€.
Deadline: October 21, 2018

Time measurement

The event is timed by AGNI-Timing.
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.


Budapest Marathon

Prizes will be issued to the top 3 male and female individuals and teams.

30 km &  Relays

Prizes will be issued to the top 3 male and female individuals and teams.


A list of results will be published online real time, the lists are being updated while runners are crossing the finish line.
Runners who do not have a 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.

Medical assistance

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

If you see someone collapsing along the course please notify the race organizers posted at each kilometre 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 PERMITTED to listen to MP3 players or any other devices plugged into both ears. Anyone breaking the rules can get a 10-minute time penalty.
  • 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.