Race Info – Sunday

This is the 2017 race info, including opening times, locations and other particulars.
BSI reserves the right to change the route, program, and date of the event.

Date & location

Date

October 15, 2017

Start/Finish area

Ötvenhatosok tere, 1146, Budapest

Distances

SPAR Budapest Marathon: 42.195 m
Theodora 30 km: 30.000 m
Flora Budapest Marathon Relay for 4: 42.195 m in four sections run by four runners (9.4 km – 11.9 km – 10.7 km – 20.9 km)
Actimel 10 km: 10.000 m

NEW! SPAR Budapest Marathon Relay for 2: 42.195 m in two section run by two runners (21.3 km – 20.9 km)

Start

9:30 – SPAR Budapest Marathon (42 km) & Budapest Marathon Relay for 2 and 4 in waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
10:15 – Actimel 10 km 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.

Starting zones

You must start from the starting zone indicated by a sticker on your bib number. It was allocated by the planned pace you indicated at registration. Zones will open approximately 25 minutes before the start and close 5 minutes before. Afterwards 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
    • 10 km finish time under 45 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
    • 10 km finish time between 45 min and 50 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
    • 10 km finish time between 50 min and 55 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
    • 10 km finish time between 55 min and 1 hour
  • 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
    • 10 km finish time over 1 hour
  • 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 a the Information Tent.

Theodora 30 km

The start of the Theodora 30 km will be at a different location: at 12.195 meters on the marathon course.
Location: close to Dock 7 on the lower Danube embankment of Pest.

Attention! There will be no shuttle services to transport runners to the start.

There will be no mass start, runners start individually according to their goal finish time from 10:15  until 10:52.
This way each runner joins the marathon field when marathon runners run a similar pace as them.

Starting zones1st zone2nd zone3rd zone4th zone5th zone6th zone
Expected pace (min/km)under 4:00 min/kmbetween 4:00-4:30 min/kmbetween 4:30-5:00 min/kmbetween 5:00-5:30 min/kmbetween 5:30-6:00 min/kmover 6:00 min/km
Expected finish time (30K)under 2:00 hoursbetween 2:00-2:15 hoursbetween 2:15-2:30 hoursbetween 2:30-2:45 hoursbetween 2:45-3:00 hoursover 3:00 hours
Start time (hour:minute)10:15 – 10:2010:21 – 10:2510:26 – 10:3210:33 – 10:4010:41 – 10:4610:47 – 10:52

How to get there (recommended):

  • from Hősök tere, take metro M1 to ‘Vörösmarty tér’, then
  • walk to the Danube on ‘Vigadó utca’ to ‘Vigadó tér’, where turning left
  • continue on ‘Duna korzó’ till ‘Petőfi tér’ where you can access the lower embankment

Course

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.

10 km

The course runs in the heart of Budapest passing several of the most well-known sites of the city.

Click here to see the maps of the courses.

Race center & bib pick-up

Race center

Ötvenhatosok tere, 1146, Budapest

Opening times:
  • October 12, Thursday: between 12:00 and 17:00
  • October 13, Friday: between 8:00 and 17:00
  • October 14, Saturday: between 9:00 and 17:00
  • October 15, Sunday: from 7:30

Bib pick-up

In the race center starting on Thursday 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.

If you don’t have your registration confirmation, please go to the desk ’Replacing lost registration confirmation’ with your photo ID. Our colleague will issue a card for you, with which you can pick up your bib. We can only issue a card for you personally, not for another runner.

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 center.

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.

Cloakroom

In tents at the start/finish area. Individual runners must use the baggage tag attached to their bibs, while relay runners will receive armbands.

Opening hours
  • Marathon and Relays:
    • drop-off between 7:00 and 9:00
    • pick-up until 16:00
  • Actimel 10 km:
    • drop-off between 8:00 and 9:40
    • pick-up between 11:10 and 12:00
  • Theodora 30 km: bags handed in at the start will be transported to the cloakroom at the finish.
    • drop-off before 10:50
    • pick-up until 16:00

     Attention! We don’t guard valuables in the cloakroom!
There will be no cloakroom at the relay exchange stations.
There will be a monitored bike rack at the site of 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.

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.

Marathon, Relays, and 30 km 2017 (planned)

The location on the 30 km course is put in brackets.

  • Start area: water taps
  • 4.4 km: water
  • 7.4 km: water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 11.4 km : water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 14.9 km (2.7 km): water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 18.2 km (6 km): water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 21.9 km (9.7 km): water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 26.8 km (14.6 km): water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 29 km (16.8 km): water
  • 30.7 km (18.5 km): water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 34.1 km (21. 9 km): water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose, Pepsi Cola, calcium and magnesium drinks
  • 37.8 km (25.6 km): water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose, Pepsi Cola, calcium and magnesium drinks
  • 40.6 km (28.4 km): water
  • Finish area: water taps
Individual Refreshments

You may send your own refreshment to any refreshment station. Please mark it with your bib number clearly.
Drop-off: Sunday morning before 8:45 at the race center
Find your refreshment at the table marked ‘Egyéni frissítő/Individual refreshment’ at the station you sent it to.

Actimel 10 km (planned)

  • Start area: water taps
  • 3.5 km: water, Gatorade, banana, lemon, glucose
  • 7 km: water
  • Finish area: water taps

Relay Exchange

Marathon Relay for 2 

At the relay exchange station you have to hand over the relay bib (the one with the chip tag) to the next runner in the designated zone.

Location: on ‘Árpád fejedelem útja’ on the right hand side at 21.5 km

How to get there (recommended):

  • take tram 1 from ‘Erzsébe királyné útja, aluljáró’ to ‘Szentlélek tér’ (direction: ‘Bécsi út’), then
  • walk about 400 meters south on ‘Árpád Fejedelem útja’

Marathon Relay for 4

At the relay exchange station you have to hand over the baton to the next runner in the designated zone.

1st and 3rd Relay Exchange Station

Location: on ‘Műegyetem rakpart’ in front of the BME University main building on the left hand side at 9.5 km and at 32.1 km

How to get there (recommended):

  • from Hősök tere, take metro M1 to ‘Deák Ferenc tér’ (direction: ‘Vörösmarty tér’), then
  • take metro M3 to ‘Kálvin tér’ (direction: ‘Kőbánya-Kispest’), then
  • take metro M4 to ‘Szent Gellért tér’ (direction: ‘Keleföld vasótállomás’), then
  • walk about 200 meters south on ‘Műegyetem rakpart’ towards Petőfi Bridge
2nd Relay Exchange Station

Location: on ‘Árpád fejedelem útja’ on the right hand side at 21.5 km

How to get there (recommended):

  • take tram 1 from ‘Erzsébe királyné útja, aluljáró’ to ‘Szentlélek tér’ (direction: ‘Bécsi út’), then
  • walk about 400 meters south on ‘Árpád Fejedelem útja’

Rules of Relay Exchange

  • Do not remove or injure the chip inside the baton or on the bib
  • Make sure you use your own team’s baton/bib
  • Please leave the measuring areas as soon as possible
  • Marathon Relay for 4:
    • Never cover both ends of the baton with your hands
    • The baton will be collected from the last runner when leaving the finish gate area

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.
You will be able to recognize them easily as you will see their flags (with their goal
race pace and goal finish time) attached to their backs from a great distance. And of course they will start from the zones assigned to them.

Budapest Marathon planned finish times:
  • 3 hour 30 minutes finish time at an even pace
  • 3 hour 45 minutes finish time  slowing down gradually
  • 4 hours finish time  slowing down gradually
  • 4 hours 15 minutes finish time  slowing down gradually
  • 4 hours 30 minutes finish time  slowing down gradually
  • 4 hour 45 minutes finish time  slowing down gradually
  • 5 hours finish time  slowing down gradually
  • 5 hours 15 minutes finish time  slowing down gradually
  • 5 hours 30 minutes finish time  slowing down gradually
10 km planned finish times:
  • 50 minutes finish time (5:00 min/km pace) at an even pace
  • 1 hour finish time (6:00 min/km pace) at an even pace
  • 1 hour 10 minutes finish time (7:00 min/km pace) at an even pace

Registration

In advance: online at entry.budapestmarathon.com until 17:00 on October 10, 2017. – 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 center.
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

Limits

Entry limits

SPAR Budapest Marathon: 7.000 entries
Theodora 30 km: 1450 entries
SPAR Budapest Marathon Relay for 2: 400 teams
Flora Budapest Marathon Relay for 4: 1400 teams
Actimel 10 km: 5200 entries

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 before 14:30.
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.

10 km

1 hour 15 minutes net time
A sweep bus follows the runners at a steady 7 min 30 sec/km pace. If the last runner of the field is running faster than that, then the sweep bus is following him/her. 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 15, 1999).

Budapest Marathon Relay for 2

By race day, registrants for this event must be 12 or older (born before October 15, 2005).

30 km

By race day, registrants for this event must be 16 or older (born before October 15, 2001).

Barilla Pasta Party – the N°1 pasta in Italy!

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 Theodora 30 km, while others can purchase their ticket on site.

Date: 14th October, from 11:00 until 17:00
Location: in the tent set up in Ötvenhatosok tere
Ticket price: 1500 Ft or 5 EUR (subject to availability)

The ticket includes:
  • one portion of pasta
  • one drink (beer or Theodora mineral water)
  • one bar of chocolate
You can choose from the following pastas (while stocks last):
  • Fusilli pasta with Basilico sauce
    • Ingredients of Basilico sauce: tomato pulp, tomato concentrate, onion, sunflower seed oil, basil, sugar, salt, natural flavouring
  • Bavette pasta with Pesto Genovese sauce
    • Ingredients of Pesto Genovese sauce: sunflower seed oil, basil, cashews, grana padano, whey powder, salt, pecorino romano, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, basil extract, natural flavourings (milk), garlic, buttermilk powder, acidity regulator: lactic acid
      • Ingredients written in bold may cause allergic reactions
Ticket pick-up:

Tickets must be picked up in person on Saturday starting from 10:30 in the tent next to the pasta party.

  • Participants of the SPAR Budapest Marathon and Theodora 30 km can pick-up their free ticket by presenting their bib numbers
  • Ticket purchase is possible at the same tent (subject to availability)

Only 2500 tickets are available. Come early to make sure you do not miss out!

Barilla Pasta Party – the N°1 pasta in Italy!

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 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 22, 2017


Time measurement

Budapest Marathon, Relay for 2, 30 km, 10 km

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 10-minute time penalty.

Marathon Relay for 4

Time is measured by the chip inside the baton. At the relay exchange station you have to hand over the baton to the next runner in the designated zone.

Pay attention to the following rules:

  • Do not remove or injure the chip inside the baton
  • Make sure you use your own team’s baton
  • Never cover both ends of the baton with your hands
  • Please leave the measuring areas as soon as possible
  • The baton will be collected from the last runner when leaving the finish gate area

Prizes

Budapest Marathon

Prizes will be issued to the top 6 male and female individuals.

Relay for 2 and 4

Prizes will be issued to the top 3 male, femail, and mixed teams.

 30 km & 10 km

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

Results

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 check points along the course will not be given a rank.
Those who received a 10-minute penalty will be marked with an asterisk.

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.

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