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21.1 KM - the achievable distance

SPAR Half Marathon

the experience is the same

The half marathon you will never forget, and the experience you don't want to miss

If you’re not yet ready for a full marathon, why not run a half? This year, for the second time since 1993, you’ll have the opportunity again. Run alongside the marathon field with others who are keeping a similar pace, marvel at the most beautiful parts of the capital city, and cross the finish line at the marathon finish arch! The distance is only half of the classic, but the experience is the same. Will we see you on October 13th?

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ROUTES AND MAPS

Browse through our site plan and get familiar with the race venue for the weekend so that everything goes smoothly on the big day!

On our interactive Google map, you will find not only the important units of the venue but also the precise route and checkpoints. Share the map with your supporters and also your Google position using the location sharing feature so that your fans can track your exact location along the route. They can even plan their own routes to reach the selected spectator points:

REGISTRATION, INFORMATIONS

We ask for your patience. We will publish the entry fees at the opening of the registration.

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for prices and deadlines! We may introduce a participant limit for the event’s in the future.

  • participation in the event
  • closed and secured route
  • race number
  • unique technical running shirt, available sizes women’s fit: S-XXL and men’s fit: XS-XXL
  • custom finisher medal for successful completions
  • gifts from our sponsors
  • chip-based net time measurement
  • refreshments
  • medical service
  • musicians along the route
  • finisher’s package
  • 21.26% VAT

Online registration: On the BSI organizer’s online registration platform (entry.runinbudapest.com) until October 10, 2023, at midnight (unless the participant limit is reached earlier). The invoice will be sent to you via email in .pdf format.

In-person registration: At the BSI events, at the information tent. On-site during the race number pick-up, following the schedule, if the participant limit has not been reached in advance.

Wheelchair and handbike racers can only register in advance, pre-registration is required.

Only individuals born before October 16, 2011, are eligible to participate in the half marathon distance. (12 years old or older).

The age categories used in the results list, which are not subject to separate awards, are as follows:

Date of birthagemenwomen
2007. 10. 14. – 2011. 10. 13.12-15 years oldM12W12
2005. 10. 14. – 2007. 10. 13.16-17 years oldM16W16
2003. 10. 14. – 2005. 10. 13.18-19 years oldM18W18
1998. 10. 14. – 2003. 10. 13.20-24 évesekM20W20
1993. 10. 14. – 1998. 10. 13.25-29 years oldM25W25
1988. 10. 14. – 1993. 10. 13.30-34 years oldM30W30
1983. 10. 14. – 1988. 10. 13.35-39 years oldM35W35
1978. 10. 14. – 1983. 10. 13.40-44 years oldM40W40
1973. 10. 14. – 1978. 10. 13.45-49 years oldM45W45
1968. 10. 14. – 1973. 10. 13.50-54 years oldM50W50
1963. 10. 14. – 1968. 10. 13.55-59 years oldM55W55
1958. 10. 14. – 1963. 10. 13.60-64 years oldM60W60
1953. 10. 14. – 1958. 10. 13.65-69 years oldM65W65
1948. 10. 14. – 1953. 10. 13.70-74 years oldM70W70
1943. 10. 14. – 1948. 10. 13.75-79 years oldM75W75
Born before October 14, 1943 80 years and olderM80W80

For registrations submitted until September 11th, the first name will automatically be displayed on the race bib under the race number.

We can only deviate from this if the participant specifically requests it. In the case of online registrations, in the section where the inscription to appear on the bib is provided, please enter the text „NEM KÉREK,” meaning „I DO NOT WISH,” to indicate this preference.

There is an option to replace the first name with another inscription (e.g., nickname) on the race bib, but it should not exceed 12 characters in length. This preference must be indicated when submitting the registration. Only those participants who request this will have an inscription other than their first name on the bib; otherwise, the first name will be automatically used.

For participants who bear their husband’s name with the „-né” extension, please provide your first name.

Please note that we are unable to display image characters or emoticons.

Space will be left below the race number on the bib for the name inscription for participants who register later.

You can find the list of already registered participants and the starting list here.

The organiser of the race: 

BSI Sport Kft.
1138 Budapest, Váci út 152.
www.runinbudapest.com
[email protected]

  • In the race, well-prepared runners, wheelchair athletes, handbike racers, and participants running with strollers who accept the event information and registration terms can take part. Wheelchair and handbike participants who complete the course under their own power may start at the front of the field. They should position themselves on the side of the starting gate facing the route, no later than 5 minutes before the start.
  • Upon entering the start, they are required to sign a declaration that, while adhering to the rules, they will not overtake the lead motorbike. They will begin 1 minute before the official start, accompanied by the lead motorbike, and are required to follow behind the lead motorbike until a designated point along the route. From there, they can continue at their own pace to the finish line.
  • Wheelchair athletes and handbike participants who complete the course with assistance can position themselves in the zone corresponding to the pace they indicated during registration. A participant who folds or covers their race number, making it not clearly visible during the race, may receive a 10-minute time penalty.
  • Participants who repeatedly violate the race number wearing rule, do not complete the designated course set by the organizers, provide inaccurate or incomplete information on the registration form, or misuse the chip, may face disqualification. It is not recommended for runners to use music or other devices with both earbuds inserted while running, as this may obstruct communication with fellow runners and organizers.
  • Bicycles, rollerblades, cycling companions, running without a race number, and running with dogs are prohibited in the race. Runners accompanied by cyclists or rollerbladers may be disqualified from the race. We do not offer valuables safekeeping during the event.
  • Any commercial and advertising activities at the event venue require prior authorization from BSI and must be conducted in agreed forms and manners. BSI reserves the right to limit the number of participants and close registration at any time for organizational reasons. BSI also reserves the right to make changes to the route and schedule.

INFOS FOR THE RACE DAY

You can find the timetable here.

The event takes place at Pázmány Péter Promenade, near ELTE Budai Campus.

  • From Déli pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station): Take tram 17 or 61 to Móricz Zsigmond körtér, then take tram 4 to Petőfi híd budai hídfő, and walk on Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m).
  • From Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station): Take metro M4 to Móricz Zsigmond körtér, then take tram 4 to Petőfi híd budai hídfő, and walk on Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m).
  • From Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station): Take metro M3 to Corvin negyed, then take tram 4/6 to Petőfi híd budai hídfő, and walk on Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m), or take tram 4/6 to Petőfi híd budai hídfő, and walk on Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m).

Click here to see the BKV (Budapest Transport Company) schedule.

Arrive by bicycle; we provide supervised bicycle storage on the event day!

Parking: There are few parking spaces in the surrounding streets, which fill up early in the morning. It’s better to choose more distant but secure parking options. Larger parking areas near the race center:

  • Paid parking at the Kopaszi-gát parking lot; from here, it’s about an 800-meter walk to the race center.
  • Free parking at the Lurdy Ház parking lot; from here, take tram 1 across Rákóczi Bridge for 2 stops (Infopark stop), and then walk about 500 meters to the race center.

The event center will be set up in the northern block of the ELTE Lágymányosi Campus.

At the event venue, the race center:

  • On October 11th, between 12:00 and 18:00
  • On October 12th, between 7:00 and 18:00
  • On October 13th, between 7:00 and 9:10

You will be allowed to enter the race number pick-up area when a table becomes available. The race number pick-up tables are not organized by race number; you can approach any available table. It is IMPORTANT that you know your race number when you queue up at the tables.

If you don’t know your race number, you can search for your name in the starting list for the relevant distance, and your race number will be displayed.

Coatroom:

The packages intended to be delivered to the destination can be handed over to the trucks waiting near the dressing room. Participants will receive a wristband when handing over their packages, and its number will match the label number affixed to the package by BSI coatroom attendants. The wristband will be removed from their wrists when retrieving the package. Each truck will display its corresponding region and the planned departure time. The planned departure times are: 10:30, 11:00, 11:20.

At the destination, after receiving the finishing package, the trucks will be waiting on Magyar Tudósok körút, where you can pick up the package you submitted based on the coatroom wristband you received at the start. Package pickup: between 11:30 and 15:00. Attention! We do not offer valuables storage in the coatroom.

Due to the distance of the starting location from the finish, there will NOT be an opportunity to use the dressing rooms and coatroom at the destination before the race.

Dressing Room:

At the start, we will set up tents on the lower embankment in the Üstökös Street parking lot.

At the finish area, the men’s dressing room will be located in the southern block of the ELTE Lágymányosi Campus. The entrance will be through the doors on the side of the building facing the main stage. The location of the women’s dressing room will also be in the same building. The entrance will be through the doors on the side of the building facing away from the Danube.

OPENING HOURS: Package Pickup: Between 11:30 and 15:00 Attention! We do not offer valuables storage in the coatroom.

Bike Storage: We will not provide bike storage at the start.

At the finish, we will set up a bike storage area on the Danube side of the southern block of ELTE Lágymányosi Campus.

Restrooms: At the finish, you can use the restrooms located in the basement near the men’s and women’s dressing rooms. Mobile restrooms can be found at the start near the dressing rooms, as well as near the start/finish area. Mobile urinals will also be available for men. On the route, you will find mobile restrooms at the start, refreshment stations, and relay points. Mobile urinals will also be available for men.

The start will not be collective; instead, each participant will start individually within their planned finish time interval. Depending on your fitness level, you can choose from six different runner’s time zones, corresponding to your kilometer pace and target finish time.

Time Zones1. zone2. zone3. zone4. zone5. zone6. zone
Planned pace (minutes per kilometer)Under 4:30 minutesBetween 4.30-5.00 Between 5.00-5.30 Between 5.30-6.00 Between 6.00-6.30Above 6:30 minutes
Planned target time hour:minute (21,1 km)Under 1 hours 35 minutesBetween 1:35-1:45 Between 1:45-1:56 Between 1:56-2:06 Between 2:06-2:17 Above 2 hours 17 minutes
Start time (hour:minute)10:25-10:3010:35-10:4010:45-11:5210:56-11:0611:11-11:1811:22-11:30

Distance: The route follows the path of the 38th SPAR Budapest Marathon® from the 21,097th meter to the finish.

Buda lower quay – Üstökös Street quay ramp – Árpád Prince Road – Serfőző Street – Árpád Bridge (south side, two lanes) – Margit Island Schulek Frigyes Promenade – Hajós Alfréd Promenade – Kertmozi Road – Margit Island Schulek Frigyes Promenade – Árpád Bridge (south side, two lanes) – Népfürdő Street south ramp – Népfürdő Street – Moszkva Promenade – Vizafogó Street – TURNAROUND (after Cserhalom Street) – Vizafogó Street – Népfürdő Street – Dráva Street quay ramp – Pest lower quay – St. Stephen’s Park quay ramp – Újpest quay – Jászai Mari Square north quay ramp – Pest lower quay – TURNAROUND – Pest lower quay – Közraktár Street – Fővám Square – Liberty Bridge – St. Gellért Square – University Quay – Pázmány Péter Promenade

Kilometer Markers: Kilometers along the route will be indicated by signs positioned 2 meters high. This will help you monitor and maintain your planned pace and fitness-appropriate speed throughout the course.

Distance (km)LocationOffering
1,6Árpád fejedelem útja – Dara Streetwater, Absolute Life isotonic drink, i:am salt tablet, banana, glucose, lemon
3Árpád fejedelem útja, after Tímár Streetwater
7,2Margaret Island, Schulek Frigyes Promenade, at the intersection with Víztorony Roadwater, Absolute Life isotonic drink, banana, glucose, lemon
10,7

Népfürdő Street, after the Duna Arena.

water, Absolute Life isotonic drink, i:am salt tablet, banana, glucose, magnesium, lemon, calcium, Pepsi
13,8

Jászai Mari Square, at the northern ramp of the Margaret Bridge

water, Absolute Life isotonic drink, banana, glucose, lemon, magnesium, calcium, Pepsi
18,2

On the Pest Lower Embankment, in front of the Mahart International Ship Terminal

water, Absolute Life isotonic drink, banana, glucose, lemon, magnesium, calcium, Pepsi
19,8Műegyetem quay, in front of the BME buildingwater
  • There is no option for individual refreshment delivery in the Budapest 150 Half Marathon race category.
  • At the refreshment stations along the route, we will provide 1 cubic meter collection containers primarily for collecting empty cups. You will find these containers on both sides of the route, following the last refreshment table.
  • The last container will be placed 50 meters after the end of the station, and this will be indicated by a separate sign. Please make sure to dispose of any waste from the refreshment station into this container.
  • Any waste generated along the route should not be scattered. Please place it in the containers provided at the refreshment stations.
  • At the refreshment stations, we will not hand you cups filled with water or isotonic drinks. You are responsible for taking these from the tables yourself. Under no circumstances should you place used, empty cups back onto the refreshment tables!
  • Refreshment stations can often pose challenges. Do not attempt to squeeze between two runners for a quick drink or snack. Adhere to basic etiquette during the race as well. Wait your turn and remember that there are often fewer people towards the end of the station. Take only what you need, as there may be runners behind you who need refreshments even more.
  • If weather conditions warrant, we may set up additional temporary water stations along the route.
  • After crossing the finish line, you can collect your medal first, followed by your finisher’s package.

2 hours 45 minutes according to the marathon cut-off time.

The sweep bus follows the pace of the runners who are expected to complete the marathon within 5 hours and 30 minutes. Those who are overtaken by the sweep bus must board it, their race number will be marked, and they will not be allowed to enter the finish area.

The timing provider is AGNI-Timing.

The timing is done using UHF chips attached to the back of the bib number. Please read the information about chip usage!

Bib Number Wearing Rules: The timing is conducted through timing mats (antennas) placed on the ground, which detect the signal transmitter placed on the bib number from a distance of approximately 2-3 meters. The timestamp is recorded when the strongest signal is detected (when passing over the mat).

To ensure successful recording of individual times, please observe the following rules:

The bib number must be worn visibly throughout the race, on the abdomen/chest area. (Bib belt holders are allowed.) Covering or concealing the bib number is prohibited. Do not remove, fold, or pierce the chip located on the back of the bib number. Everyone should ensure that they wear their own bib number during the race. After crossing the finish line, please leave the timing point as soon as possible

1st-3rd place male and female competitors 1st-3rd place male and female wheelchair and handbike competitors

The awards ceremony is based on the order of arrival at the finish line (gross time). The results list available on the website (based on net time) may display different rankings.

The winner of the 21 km race is the one who completes the distance according to the rules and crosses the finish line first. Therefore, we ask competitors aiming for top placements to start in the first wave, as rankings are determined by the order of crossing the finish line. If someone starts later, even with a better time, they might not receive an award.

AFTER YOU FINISHED

The results will be continuously updated on the results list following the participants’ arrival at the finish line.

Participants without a placement number will appear on the results list if they do not have times recorded at one of the route checkpoints. Those who received a 10-minute time penalty for improper bib number wearing will have an asterisk (*) next to their name.

Order your personalized medal insert with your name and finishing time engraved in advance! Avoid the on-site queue and we’ll send it to you by mail approximately one and a half weeks after the event.

We’ll engrave your name and finishing time on a self-adhesive plastic tag. The tag fits perfectly into the recess on the back of the medal. You won’t need to search for money after the race, stand in line on-site, or wait for the medal to be engraved afterwards. We’ll create and mail the insert to you. When it arrives, just stick it on the back of your medal and your personalized keepsake of your achievement is ready.

The insert can be ordered online, along with your registration for the race, or in the „Products” section of the BSI registration system.

The price of the insert, including postage (only for addresses in Hungary), is 2,400 HUF. Order deadline: October 22, 2023.

Our photo selection after the event can be found on our Budapest Marathon Facebook page and in the Media Library section.

High-resolution photos taken along the route can be purchased on the bsi.futofoto.hu website.

You can find summary videos of the event, finish line videos, and live coverage materials here.

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