Race Zones for the 5 km Minimarathon Start:
- Zone 1: Finish time within 4:30 – 22:30 for 5 km
- Zone 2: Finish time between 4:30 – 5:00 – 22:30 – 25:00 for 5 km
- Zone 3: Finish time between 5:00 – 5:30 – 25:00 – 27:30 for 5 km
- Zone 4: Finish time between 5:30 – 6:00 – 27:30 – 30:00 for 5 km
- Zone 5: Finish time between 6:00 – 6:30 – 30:00 – 32:30 for 5 km
- Zone 6: Finish time over 6:30 – over 32:30 for 5 km
Race Zones for the 10 km Start:
- Zone 1: Finish time within 4:30 – 45:00 for 10 km
- Zone 2: Finish time between 4:30 – 5:00 – 45:00 – 50:00 for 10 km
- Zone 3: Finish time between 5:00 – 5:30 – 50:00 – 55:00 for 10 km
- Zone 4: Finish time between 5:30 – 6:00 – 55:00 – 1:00:00 for 10 km
- Zone 5: Finish time between 6:00 – 6:30 – 1:00:00 – 1:05:00 for 10 km
- Zone 6: Finish time over 6:30 – over 1:05:00 for 10 km
At our event, everyone can only join the designated starting zone that corresponds to their anticipated pace (minutes per kilometer). This approach is aimed at reducing the initial chaos and unnecessary overtaking during the first kilometers of the race. If runners of the same pace start from the same zone, the beginning of the race will be more calm and predictable.
The time zone areas are consistently marked with a yellow background, and only the black numbers differ between zones! The flags indicating the time zones will also feature a yellow background with black numbers corresponding to the zones. The placement in the appropriate time zone based on the planned pace (minutes per kilometer) is facilitated by a yellow background with black zone number sticker printed on the race bib (for pre-registered participants), which will be checked upon entry to the zone. Everyone must enter the starting zone that matches the number on their race bib. For those who haven’t provided a planned pace, a time zone sticker corresponding to their zone will be provided during race bib pickup. If the race bib doesn’t have a time zone sticker, you can request one at the race center. The flag indicating the time zone will always be placed at the end of the corresponding zone; therefore, participants should position themselves in the area before the flag. The gates to the starting zones will close 2 minutes before the start, after which participants can only position themselves at the back of the field.
If you encounter a participant with an incorrect time zone sticker in your zone, kindly ask them to choose the appropriate zone according to their planned pace to avoid confusion and potential accidents.
Wheelchair and handbike participants:
If completing the course under their own power, they can start from the front of the field. They should position themselves on the start line side of the starting gate, no later than 5 minutes before the start. They must sign a declaration upon entry to the starting area that they won’t overtake the lead motorcycle while adhering to the rules. They can start 1 minute ahead of the field, but up to the 8th kilometer, they must follow the lead motorcycle; from there, they can proceed at their own pace until the finish line. If completing the course with assistance, they can start from the time zone that corresponds to their registered pace.
Staggered Start at the 38th SPAR Budapest Marathon® Festival:
The participants of the 10+5 km will be started in multiple waves, with each wave starting 45 seconds apart. At the front of each wave, organizers will guide the participants towards the start line. Approximately 2 minutes after reaching the start line, participants will be started, and the same procedure will be followed for later waves.
Gates to the starting zones won’t open between waves!
Items left in the starting zone will be collected immediately after the start and donated to the Hungarian Red Cross for charitable purposes.