31st Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon
Distances: half marathon, 21 km relay for 2, 21 km in a trio, Fun Run
Date: 11th September 2016
Planned future date: 10th September 2017
The biggest half marathon in Central Europe on the 2nd Sunday of September
Run with over 16,000 athletes on September 11 and enjoy the incredible scenery. The course leads through the centre of Budapest, through the famous Andrassy Boulevard and the Chain Bridge. Admire the view of the Buda Castle from the Danube banks and marvel the panorama of Pest as well as Europe’s third largest Parliament building!
Budapest, the city of bridges: either cross the bridges, or run under them, see them all!
What can you expect?
Over 16,000 runners on all the distances, a fantastic atmosphere and a celebration of running.
We’ll take care of you! How?
There will be a joint warm up before the race so you don’t start with cold muscles.
We want to make sure you have plenty of space to run, despite the high turnout, so we’ll stagger the start with runners leaving from separate zones at 5 to 6 minute intervals. You can find more on this in the race info.
There will be refreshments every 4 to 5 kilometers and there will of course be continuous medical supervision along the course.
Pace runners will help you hit your desired tempo.
Having fun is just as important as running. So we’ll maintain several musical points along the course for your entertainment.
OK, we talked about sightseeing, but what else is there?
Budapest is the spa capital with over 100 thermal springs beneath the city that supply the famous baths. You can try unique 16th and 17th century Turkish baths or the neo-baroque Széchenyi bath. More on this here.
Also unique to Europe are Budapest’s ruin pubs. Located in the city centre, this new function saved countless old, run down building from demolition. Their atmosphere is unusual, their style is retro and they revive socialist realist interior design. You can find more on them here.
Try out the best of Hungary’s cuisine, taste the world famous gulyás, pörkölt, rétes, and palacsinta.
If your stomach is sensitive, you may want to leave this for after the race:-)
Become part of Hungary’s world famous hospitality, run with us and test your shape!
30th Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon video:
2015 – Race report
A record crowd of more than 16,000 athletes competed in the Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon on a beautiful sunny Sunday. The fastest runner was Henry Kemboi from Kenya, finishing in a time of 1:06:27.
When the last runner crossed the starting line in the City Park, the top runners were already at the foot of the Liberty Bridge, leading a five kilometer long field snaking through the city for a jubilee half marathon.
Runners enjoyed 16 musical points along the course in perfect running weather. The individual race was led for most of the way by two Kenyans and Kemboi got to the finish line first. The ladies’ race was won by Zita Kácser, with a time of 1:16:50.
Several Olympic champions also competed in the Wizz Air Budapest Half Mararaton: Áron Szilágyi (fencing, 2012) István Kovács (boxing, 1996) and Gabriella Szabó (kayaking, 2012).
Altogether 16,134-en athletes registered for the event with about 11,000 individual half marathoners, a central European record. More than 2,000 international runners from 65 countries also took part in the race.
1. Henry Kemboi (Kenya, Benedek-Team) 01:06:27
2. Moses Kipruto Kibire (Kenya, Benedek-Team) 01:06:32
3. Gábor Józsa (MAC) 01:06:39
1. Zita Kácser (Békéscsabai AC) 01:16:50
2. Tünde Szabó (PVSK) 01:17:31
3. Simona Staicu (Dunakeszi VSE) 01:18:44