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




8:00 – Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon & Relay for 3 & NN Half Marathon Relay for 2 in four waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
11:45 – 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 have to 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



Click here to see the map of the course.

Race center & bib pick-up

Race centre


ELTE Lágymányosi Campus – Északi tömb: Pázmány Péter sétány 1a, Budapest 1117

Look for the the ‘North Building’ of the Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE).

Opening times:
  • September 7, Friday: between 8:00 and 17:00
  • September 8, Saturday: between 9:00 and 19:00
  • September 10, Sunday:
    • Half Marathon and Relays between 6:00 and 7:30
    • Fun Run between 10:00 and 11:30

Bib Pick-up

In the race centre 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.

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 centre.

Changing rooms, cloakrooms, toilets

Changing rooms

Facilities will be in tents at the start/finish area. 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.

Individual half marathon runners can use it with the baggage tag attached to the bib, others will receive an armband at the cloakroom.

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

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

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

Half Marathon and Relays 2018 (planned)
  • Start area: water taps
  • 4.2 km: water
  • 8.6 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, glucose
  • 11.6 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, glucose
  • 14.7 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, glucose
  • 17.6 km: water, BioTechUSA IsoTonic, banana, glucose
  • 19.1 km: water, magnesium, 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.

Each runner must pick up their finisher bag where they finish running, at the relay exchange station for most, and only the last runner at the finish line.

The relay medals for all runners will be given to the runner of the last section at the finish line.

NN Half Marathon Relay for 2 relay exchange station

Location: on Margaret Island, near the ‘Centenáriumi Emlékmű’ (monument), on the left side of the course (at 12,7 km).

How to get there (recommended):

  • Walk to the Petőfi híd, budai hídfő (bridgehead of Petőfi Bridge on the Buda side, approx. 8 minutes).
  • from there get on the tram 4/6 towards Pest (approx. 2 minutes – 1 stop) to Boráros tér,
  • then take the tram 2 to Jászai Mari tér (16 minutes – 9 stops).
  • From there walk through the Margit híd (Margaret Bridge) to Margitsziget (Margaret Island, approx. 11 minutes).
Laufenn Half Marathon Relay for 3 relay exchange stations

1st relay exchange station: at 8,3 km, on Árpád fejedelem útja, at the Tímár utca station of the HÉV (suburban rail)
How to get there (recommended):

  • Walk to the bus 153 (2 minutes), get on and go to Újbuda központ (6 minutes – 3 stops),
  • then get on the tram 41 and go to Batthyány tér (16 minutes – 8 stops),
  • then walk to the HÉV H5 (suburban rail, 2 minutes), get on the HÉV H5 and go to the
    Tímár utca stop (6 minutes – 3 stops).

2nd relay exchange station: at 15,3 km, on the Pesti alsó rakpart (Pest Danube Embankment), under the Margit híd (Margaret Bridge), on the left-hand side of the road.
How to get there (recommended):

  • Walk to the Petőfi híd, budai hídfő (bridgehead of Petőfi Bridge on the Buda side, approx. 8 minutes),
  • from there get on the tram 4/6 towards Pest (approx. 2 minutes – 1 stop) to Boráros tér,
  • then take the tram 2 to Jászai Mari tér (16 minutes – 9 stops).
  • From there walk under the Margit híd (Margaret Bridge, 2 minutes).
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 pace runner pairs:


Time Limit


Time limit

2 hours 45 minutes 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.




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 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.