Race Info

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

September 10, 2017

Start/Finish area

Napozórét, within Városliget (City Park), 1146, Budapest

Distances

Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon: 21.097,5 m
Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon Relay for two: 21.097,5 m in two sections run by two runners
Sections: 11.7 km and 9.4 km
Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon Relay for three: 21.097,5 m in three sections run by three runners
Sections: 5.9 km and 7.5 km and 7.7 km
Wizz Air Fun Run: 2.9 km

Start

9:00 – Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon & Relay for 2 and 3 in four waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
12:30 – Wizz Air Fun Run 2.9 km

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

Olof Palme sétány, Városliget (City Park), 1146, Budapest – walking distance from the start/finish area and same as finish line

Course

The course runs through the heart of Budapest, crosses several bridges and passes the most well-known sites of the city.
The Fun Run runs in the City Park.

Click here to see the map of the course.

Race center & bib pick-up

Race center

Location:

Napozórét, within Városliget (City Park), 1146, Budapest

Opening times:
  • September 8, Friday: between 8:00 and 18:00
  • September 9, Saturday: between 9:00 and 18:00
  • September 10, Sunday:
    • Half Marathon and Relays between 7:00 and 8:30
    • Fun Run between: 9:30 and 12:00

Bib pick-up

In the race center starting on Friday until 30 minutes before the start. See opening times above.

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 half marathon are entitled to wear another bib on their back with „MY FIRST HALF MARATHON” will be written on it.
If you indicated 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.

Wizz Air Half Marathon Relays

Teams will receive 4/6 bibs and a baton:

  • 2/3 x INDIVIDUAL bibs:
    • must be worn by each member in the front throughout the race
  • 2/3 x RELAY bib:
    • must be worn on the back
  • 1 x baton:
    • this must be handed over at the relay exchange point

Changing rooms, cloakrooms, toilets

Changing rooms

Facilities will be open 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.

Cloakroom

In tents at the start/finish area.

Individual runners can use the cloakroom with the baggage tag attached to the bib number. Relay members will receive an arm band at the cloakroom.

Opening hours
  • Half Marathon and Relays:
    • drop-off between 7:00 and 8:30
    • pick-up between 10:10 and 12:30
  • Fun Run:
    • between 10:00 and 13:30

     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.

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 4-5 km along the way.

In case of extremely warm weather there will be additional refreshment stations.

Next to water they serve other drinks and snacks to help your run, such as iso-drinks, banana, and glucose.

Half Marathon and Relays 2017 (planned)
  • Start area: water taps
  • 3.2 km: water
  • 7.1 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, glucose
  • 11.1 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, glucose
  • 14.4 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, glucose
  • 16.1 km: water, magnesium, glucose
  • 18.2 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, magnesium, glucose
  • 19.7 km: water, Coca-Cola, 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 baton to the next runner in the designated zone.

Half Marathon Relay for 2 exchange station

Location: on Pázmány Péter sétány, in front of Petőfi Bridge on the left side of the course (at 11,7 km).

How to get there (recommended):

  • from Hősök tere, take metro M1 to ‘Oktogon’, then
  • take tram 4/6 to ’Petőfi híd budai hídfő’, then
  • walk about 200 meters along ‘Pázmány Péter’ sétány towards Rákóczi híd
Half Marathon Relay for 3 exchange stations

1st relay exchange station: in Attila utca, in front of Alagút utca (5.9 km), on the left hand side of the road.
How to get there (recommended):

  • from Hősök tere, take metro M1 to ‘Deák Ferenc tér’, then
  • take metro M2 to ‘Déli pályaudvar’, then
  • take tram 56 to ‘Krisztina tér’, then walk about 100 meters to Attila út
    (you can also walk about 800 meters from Déli pályaudvar to Attila út)

2nd relay exchange station: on Fővám tér, in front of Corvinus University (13.4 km), on the left hand side of the road.
How to get there (recommended):

  • from Hősök tere, take metro M1 to ‘Deák Ferenc tér’, then
  • take metro M3 to ‘Kálvin tér’, then
  • take metro M4 to ‘Fővám tér’ (you can also walk to Fővám tér from Kálvin tér)
Rules of exchange:
  • 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

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.

Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon pace runner pairs:
  • 1 hour 30 minutes finish time (4:14-4:15 min/km pace) at an even pace
    • Starting from the middle of starting zone 1
  • 1 hour 45 minutes finish time (4:48-4:59 min/km pace) at an even pace
    • Starting from the last third of starting zone 2
  • 2 hours finish time (5:38-5:44 min/km pace) slowing down gradually
    • Starting from the first third of starting zone 4
  • 2 hours 15 minutes finish time (6:18-6:30 min/km pace) slowing down gradually
    • Starting from the first third of starting zone 5
  • 2 hours 30 minutes finish time (7:00-7:10 min/km pace) slowing down gradually
    • Starting from the second half of starting zone 5

Registration

In advance: online at entry.budapestmarathon.com until 17:00 on September 5, 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 for half marathon and relay finishers (not included for Fun Run)
  • a unique finisher’s medal for half marathon and relay finishers (not included for Fun Run)
  • refreshments
  • finisher’s bag
  • medical service
  • course closed to traffic
  • chip timing (not included for Fun Run)
  • other programs before and after the race
  • 21.26% VAT

Limits

Entry limit

Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon: 11.000 entries
Wizz Air Half Marathon Relay for two and three: joint limit of 4400 entries

Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon and Relays time limit

2 hours 30 minutes net time
A sweep bus follows the runners at a steady 7 min 10 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.

 Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon and Relays age requirement

By race day, registrants for this event must be 12 or older (born before September 10, 2005).

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: September 17, 2017


Time measurement

Half marathon

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.

Half Marathon Relays

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

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

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.

Medical assistance

During the race medical services are available at the medical area beside the finish line.

If you see someone collapsing along the course please notify the race organizers posted at each kilometer 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 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.