Wizz Air Half Marathon – Race Info 2020

This is preliminary race info. Year-specific details, such as exact opening times and locations, etc, will be updated soon.

BSI reserves the right to change the route, program, and the date of the event.


September 6, 2020

Start/Finish area

Pázmány Péter sétány, Budapest, 1117 – in front of the Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) Lágymányosi Campus


Distance nameDistanceStart time
Wizz Air Budapest 
Half Marathon
21.097,5 m08:00
- in 4 waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
NN Half Marathon
Relay for 2
21.097,5 m -
in 2 sections run by two runners.
Sections: 12.7 km - 8.4 km
- along with the Half Marathon runners, in 4 waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
Laufenn Half Marathon Relay for 321.097,5 m -
in 3 sections run by three runners.
Sections: 8.3 km - 7 km - 5.8 km
08:00- along with the Half Marathon runners, in 4 waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
Manna ABC 10 km10.000 m12:00

Note: 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:

In order to avoid overcrowding, runners will be started in 4 waves according to the planned pace the runners have given during registration and which is also indicated with a sticker on the bib number. Runners must start from their original starting zone.
The Starting Zones will be opened 20 minutes before the start and closed 5 minutes before. Afterward, runners have to start from the back of the field.

  • 1st wave:
    • 1st time zone: pace under 4:30 min/km
      (Half marathon and Relay: under 1 h 35 min)
    • 2nd time zone: pace between 4:30 and 5:00 min/km
      (Half marathon and Relay: between 1 h 35 min and 1 h 45 min)
  • 2nd wave:
    • 3rd time zone: pace between 5:00 and 5:30 min/km
      Half marathon and Relay: between 1 h 45 min and 1 h 56 min)
  • 3rd wave:
    • 4th time zone: pace between 5:30 and 6:00 min/km
      Half marathon and Relay: between 1 h 56 min and 2 h 06 min)
  • 4th wave:
    • 5th zone: pace between 6:00 and 6:30 min/km
      Half marathon and Relay: between 2 h 06 min and 2 h 17 min)
    • 6th zone: pace more than 6:30 min/km
      Half marathon and Relay: more than 2 h 17 min)


The course runs through the heart of Budapest, crosses several bridges and passes the most well-known sites of the city.
The exact course will be uploaded soon. Until then, click here, to see the course map of the 2019’s race.

Music points

Music not only helps you run longer, faster but it can calm you during a race. There is no need to use your earphones: every year we invite more than 10 amazing music groups and artists who will supply you with new energy throughout your running!

Race center & bib pick-up

Race center


The Race Center will be located in the ‘North Building’ of Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) Lágymányosi Campus.
Address: Pázmány Péter stny. 1/A, H-1117 Budapest

You can pick-up your bib number at the Race Center in the following hours:
  • Friday, September 4: between 08:00 and 18:00
  • Saturday, September 5: between 09:00 and 18:00
  • Sunday, September 6:
    • Half Marathon and Relays: between 06:00 and 7:30
    • 10 km: between 09:30 and 11:30

Bib Pick-up

In the opening time of the race center starting on Friday 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.

‘My First Half Marathon’ – Special bib number

Are you running your first? Let everyone know and enjoy the more cheering you get during your running!
Participants running their first half marathon are entitled to wear another bib on their back with
„MY FIRST HALF MARATHON” will be written on it.

  • If you indicate in the registry form that this would be your first half 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.
  • Participants are also entitled to have a nickname instead of their names

How to get there - Parking

    • We recommend you to arrive at the Race Center at least 1.5-2 hours before the start
    • Pay parking in the parking lot oKopaszi gát 
      • Race center is only 800 m away from the parking lot
    • Free parking is available in the parking lot of Lurdy Ház
      • The race center can be approached by Tram 1. Get off at “Info Park” (2 stops), then go straight ahead 500 m to reach the race center. 
    • Do not park in locations that are not permitted

Changing rooms, cloakrooms, toilets

Changing rooms

Facilities will be open in ‘ELTE Lágymányosi Campus – Déli tömb’ before and after the race. Showers are also available on location for individual half marathon runners.
Additionally, there will be changing rooms at the relay exchange stations.


In tents at the start/finish area. It can be used with the baggage tag attached to your bib.

Opening hours
  • Half Marathon and Relays:
    • drop-off between 6:00 and 7:30
    • pick-up between 9:15 and 11:30
  • Fun Run:
    • between 10:30 and 12:30

     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.


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

The course is planned to be the same as in 2019, therefore the placing of refreshments and the supply is planned to be the same.

There will be refreshment stations set up around every 4-5 km along the way.

We cannot provide individual refreshment.

Half Marathon and Relays
  • Start area: water taps
  • 4.2 km: water
  • 8.6 km: water, iso-drink, banana, glucose
  • 11.6 km: water, iso-drink, banana, glucose
  • 14.7 km: water, iso-drink, banana, glucose
  • 17.6 km: water, iso-drink, banana, glucose
  • 19.1 km: water, iso-drink, banana, glucose
  • Finish area: water taps
Fun Run

Runners may refresh with water at the start and finish line.

Relay Exchange

At the relay exchange station, you have to hand over the team bib to the next runner in the designated zone.
More info soon…

Rules of exchange:
  • Do not remove or injure the chip on the back of the team bib
  • Make sure you use your own team’s bib
  • Please leave the measuring areas as soon as possible


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.

Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon Running Pace Charts:


Online registration (in advance):
Register online at entry.budapestmarathon.com until 23:59 on September 1, 2020 (if the limit has not been reached for the race).
Click here for prices and further details.

On-site registration:
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
  • BIB number
  • a unique  technical T-shirt with the race logo (cotton T-shirt for Fun Run)
  • the size scale of S-XXL for women
  • the size scale of XS-XXL for men
  • a unique finisher’s medal for finishers (not included for Fun Run)
  • refreshment points along the course
  • finisher’s goodie bag
  • medical service
  • course closed to traffic
  • chip timing (not included for Fun Run)
  • other programs before and after the race
  • 21.26% VAT


Entry limit

  • Budapest Half Marathon and Relays: Only the first 7.500 registrations are accepted
  • Manna ABC 10 km: only the first 1,200 registrations are accepted.

Registration for these races will be stopped once the limit has been reached and entry fees paid after this point will be credited to your account.
Registration fees cannot be reimbursed. The credit on your account can be used till Dec 31, 2021 for our upcoming events.
For more information on cancellation, click here.

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

Time limit

3 hour net time
A sweep bus follows the runners at a 7:38-7:56 min/km pace. 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

By race day, registrants for this event must be 12 or older (born before September 6, 2008).

There is no age requirement for the Fun Run.

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.
PRICE: (+shipping and handling to a foreign address): 10 €.
Deadline: September 14, 2020

Time measurement

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.


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 in 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 recommended to use it in both ears.
  • 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.