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Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon

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The half marathon you will never forget and the experience you don't want to miss.

The 39th Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon of this year is the first and one of the most significant running events of the fall. You can run on a beautiful and diverse route, alongside more than ten thousand fellow runners. While running is up to you, you can safely leave the rest to us. Will we meet on September 10th?

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Routes and maps

Browse through our site plan and get familiar with the race venue for the weekend so that everything goes smoothly on the big day!

On our interactive Google map, you will find not only the important units of the venue but also the precise route and checkpoints. Share the map with your supporters and also your Google position using the location sharing feature so that your fans can track your exact location along the route. They can even plan their own routes to reach the selected spectator points:

registration, informations

We ask for your patience. We will publish the entry fees at the opening of the registration.

CLICK HERE for prices and deadlines! We may introduce a participant limit for the half marathon in the future.

  • participation in the race
  • BIB number
  • a unique  technical T-shirt with the race logo
    • with a size scale of S-XXL for women
    • with a size scale of XS-XXL for men
  • a unique finisher’s medal for finishers
  • refreshment points along the course
  • finisher’s goodie bag
  • medical service
  • course closed to traffic
  • chip timing
  • other programs before and after the race
  • 21.26% VAT

Online registration: On the BSI organizer’s online registration platform ( until September 5, 2023, at midnight (unless the participant limit is reached earlier). The invoice will be sent to you via email in .pdf format.

In-person registration: At the BSI events, at the information tent. On-site during the race number pick-up, following the schedule, if the participant limit has not been reached in advance.

Wheelchair and handbike racers can only register in advance, pre-registration is required.

  • Students discounted registration fee is available. It can be used up to the age of compulsory education (16 years), and afterwards, it can be claimed by presenting a valid full-time student ID. For students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC). The card has to be valid on the day of the race and must be shown upon start number pick-up. Discount does not apply for on-site registration. Click here for acceptable ISIC cards.
  • CEE countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

    Members of running clubs from the above countries are eligible for the discounted entry fee. Proof of membership must be presented upon bib pick-up.

  • Returnee (Applicable if you have ever participated in races organized by BSI – Run In Budapest.)

Individual participants in the half marathon distance must be 12 years of age or older.

Date of birthAgeMalesFemales
2007. 09. 09. – 2011. 09. 08.12-15 years oldM12W12
2005. 09. 09. – 2007. 09. 08.16-17 years oldM16W16
2003. 09. 09. – 2005. 09. 08.18-19 years oldM18W18
1998. 09. 09. – 2003. 09. 08.20-24 years oldM20W20
1993. 09. 09. – 1998. 09. 08.25-29 years oldM25W25
1988. 09. 09. – 1993. 09. 08.30-34 years oldM30W30
1983. 09. 09. – 1988. 09. 08.35-39 years oldM35W35
1978. 09. 09. – 1983. 09. 08.40-44 years oldM40W40
1973. 09. 09. – 1978. 09. 08.45-49 years oldM45W45
1968. 09. 09. – 1973. 09. 08.50-54 years oldM50W50
1963. 09. 09. – 1968. 09. 08.55-59 years oldM55W55
1958. 09. 09. – 1963. 09. 08.60-64 years oldM60W60
1953. 09. 09. – 1958. 09. 08.65-69 years oldM65W65
1948. 09. 09. – 1953. 09. 08.70-74 years oldM70W70
1943. 09. 09. – 1948. 09. 08.75-79 years oldM75W75
1943. 09.09. –80 –M80W80

The age categories also serve as the categories for the amateur championship among Hungarian participants.

The announcement of results will only consider the time results of Hungarian competitors, and all affected participants will be notified accordingly.

When determining the rankings for the amateur championship, only the results of amateur runners (those who did not participate in the 2022 or 2023 Half Marathon National Championship) will be taken into account in the adult categories (M12-M30, W12-W30).

For entries submitted until July 30th, the first name will be automatically displayed on the race number below the digits.

We can only deviate from this upon the specific request of the participant. In the case of online registration, please enter the text „I do not want” in the designated section for the inscription on the race number.

There is also an option to have a different inscription (e.g., a nickname) instead of the first name on the race number, with a maximum length of 12 characters. This request must be indicated at the time of registration.

Only participants who specifically request an alternative inscription will have it on their race number; otherwise, the first name will be automatically displayed.

We are unable to display image characters or emoticons on the race numbers.

There will be space for the inscription of the name below the digits on the race number for participants who register at a later time.

You can find the list of registered participants, the start list, here.

The organiser of the race: 

BSI Sport Kft.
1138 Budapest, Váci út 152.
[email protected]

At the race, all well-prepared runners, wheelchair users, handbike racers, and runners with strollers can participate if they accept the information provided in the event details and meet the registration requirements.

Wheelchair users or handbike racers who complete the distance under their own power can start from the front of the field. They will start 1 minutes ahead of the main field with a motorcycle escort. They will be accompanied by a leading motorcycle and can leave the field after passing the designated point once the route is finalized. If they complete the distance with assistance, they can start from the designated start zone according to their planned pace.

All participants must wear the race number visibly and fully on the front, even when wearing a top. The use of triathlon-style race number fasteners is allowed.

A 10-minute time penalty can be given to a participant who folds or obscures their race number or fails to wear it clearly during the race.

If an individual participant is also the first member of a team (pair or trio), they do not need to wear the individual race number with an index assigned to the team.

A participant may be disqualified if they repeatedly violate the race number wearing rule despite warnings, fail to complete the full course designated by the organizers, provide inaccurate or incomplete information on the registration form, or misuse the timing chip.

For their own safety and the safety of fellow runners, it is not recommended for participants to listen to music or use any other audio player simultaneously in both ears during the race. There are cyclists and motorcycle organizers working within the field, as well as medical teams if needed. Wearing headphones can block out external sounds, potentially hindering communication with fellow runners, organizers, and medical staff.

Inline skating, cycling, running without a race number, and running with a dog are prohibited during the race. Participants who run with a cyclist or inline skater escort can be disqualified from the race.

We do not take responsibility for the safekeeping of personal belongings at the event venue.

Any commercial or advertising activities at the event venue are subject to prior approval and must be conducted in accordance with the guidelines and arrangements agreed upon by BSI.

BSI reserves the right, for organizational reasons, to limit the number of participants and close registration at any time.

BSI reserves the right to modify the route, program, and schedule of the event.

Infos for the race day

You can find the timetable here.

The event venue is Pázmány Péter Promenade, near the ELTE Budai Campus.

From Déli Railway Station: Take tram 17 or 61 to Móricz Zsigmond Square, then switch to tram 4 to Petőfi Bridge Buda side, and walk along Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m).

From Keleti Railway Station: Take M4 metro to Móricz Zsigmond Square, then switch to tram 4 to Petőfi Bridge Buda side, and walk along Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m).

From Nyugati Railway Station: Take M3 metro to Corvin Quarter, then switch to tram 4/6 to Petőfi Bridge Buda side, and walk along Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m), or take tram 4/6 directly to Petőfi Bridge Buda side, and walk along Pázmány Péter Promenade (approximately 600 m).

Click here to see the Budapest Public Transport (BKV) schedule.

Plan your journey with BudapestGO!

Arrive by bike; we will provide supervised bike storage on the day of the competition. Use the community MOL BUBI bikes!

Parking: There are few parking spaces in the surrounding streets, and they fill up early in the morning. It’s advisable to choose more distant but secure parking. Larger parking lots near the competition center:

  • Paid parking at Kopaszi-gát parking lot, from there it’s approximately 800 meters on foot to the competition center.
  • Free parking at Lurdy Ház parking lot, from there take tram 1 across Rákóczi Bridge for 2 stops (Infopark stop), and then walk approximately 500 meters to the competition center.

We will establish the competition center in the northern block of ELTE Lágymányosi Campus.

The entrance will be on the side facing Pázmány Péter Promenade, and the exit will be on the southern side of the building.

At the venue of the event, in the competition center:

  • on September 6th, between 12:00 and 17:00
  • on September 7th, between 9:00 and 17:00
  • on September 8th, between 6:00 and 7:30

You will be allowed to enter the bib pickup tables when any of the tables becomes available. The bib distribution tables are not organized by bib number; you can approach any available table. It is IMPORTANT that you know your bib number when you queue up at the tables.

If you don’t know your bib number, you can look up your name in the starting list at the appropriate distance, and your bib number will be displayed.

Participants completing their first half marathon are entitled to wear a special bib with the inscription „MY FIRST HALF MARATHON”. You need to request this bib during the bib pickup (those who indicated it during registration will receive it automatically along with their individual bib) and it can be worn on the back.

Changing Rooms: The men’s changing room will be located in the southern block of the ELTE Lágymányosi Campus. The entrance will be through the doors on the side of the building closer to the Danube. The women’s changing room will also be in the same building. The entrance will be through the doors on the side of the building farther from the Danube.

For relay participants, dressing facilities will be provided at the exchange points, but there will be no cloakroom available.

Cloakroom: The cloakroom tents can be found by turning right from the exit of the race center and proceeding about 200 meters to the grassy area. Inside the tents, there will be designated areas based on ranges of bib numbers, which will be indicated with signs. The cloakroom ribbon will be attached to the bottom of the bib numbers. Participants should detach the ribbon from the bib number in advance and secure it to their belongings using the safety pin provided in the race pack, making sure it doesn’t fall off. To facilitate easy detachment, it is recommended to fold the ribbon along the perforation line multiple times. Belongings can be left in the tent area enclosed by barriers without having to wait for the staff to receive them. After reaching the finish line, our colleagues will hand out the belongings according to the bib numbers.

Opening Hours:

  • Drop-off: between 6:00 and 7:30
  • Pick-up: between 9:15 and 11:30

Please note that the cloakroom does not provide storage for valuables.

Bicycle Storage: Bicycle storage will be set up on the riverside of the southern block of the ELTE Lágymányosi Campus.

Toilets: The toilets in the basement near the men’s and women’s changing rooms can be used. Mobile toilets will be available near the start/finish area. Mobile urinals will also be provided for men. Along the route, you will find mobile toilets at the refreshment stations and the exchange point. Mobile urinals will also be available for men.

Participants will be assigned to start zones based on their planned pace (minutes per kilometer). This arrangement aims to reduce congestion and unnecessary overtaking during the early kilometers of the race. Starting from the appropriate zone corresponding to their planned pace will result in a smoother and more predictable start. The allocation to start zones will be indicated by an adhesive label on the race bib, which will be checked upon entry to the zone. The number on the label corresponds to the zone number.

If a participant has not provided a planned pace, they can request a start zone sticker at the race center before the start. Without a start zone sticker, they can only enter the last start zone.

The flag indicating the time zone will always be positioned at the end of the respective zone. Therefore, participants should position themselves toward the start gate from where the time zone ends. After entering the zone, proceed toward the start gate to allow other participants to enter the zone behind you. The gates to the start zones will open 20 minutes before the start and close 5 minutes before the start. Afterward, participants can only enter the back of the field.

Start Zones:

  • Zone 1: Pace faster than 4:30 min/km – Half marathon within 1:35:00
  • Zone 2: Pace between 4:30 and 5:00 min/km – Half marathon between 1:35:00 and 1:45:00
  • Zone 3: Pace between 5:00 and 5:30 min/km – Half marathon between 1:45:00 and 1:56:00
  • Zone 4: Pace between 5:30 and 6:00 min/km – Half marathon between 1:56:00 and 2:06:00
  • Zone 5: Pace between 6:00 and 6:30 min/km – Half marathon between 2:06:00 and 2:17:00
  • Zone 6: Pace slower than 6:30 min/km – Half marathon slower than 2:17:00

If you encounter a participant in your start zone without the appropriate zone sticker, kindly advise them to select the start zone corresponding to their planned pace to avoid congestion and potential accidents.

For participants using manual wheelchairs and handbikes who complete the distance under their own power, they will start 1 minute ahead of the main field. They should position themselves at the start gate no later than 5 minutes before the start. They will be accompanied by a lead motorcycle, which they can pass once they have left the designated point after finalizing the route.

Staggered Start:

The half marathon participants will be started in multiple waves. At the front of each wave, there will be race marshals who will guide the participants to the start line. Once at the start line, a 1 minute and 15 seconds countdown will be given before starting the wave. The same procedure will be followed for the subsequent waves.

The start gates will not be opened between the waves.

Any equipment left in the start zone will be collected immediately after the start and donated to the Hungarian Red Cross for charitable purposes.

Distance: 21.0975 km

Route: Pázmány Péter Promenade – Lower Embankment of Buda – Üstökös Street ramp – Árpád Prince Road – Tavasz Street – Árpád Bridge (northern branch, 2 traffic lanes) – Central part of Margaret Island – Margaret Bridge – Jászai Mari Square – Újpest Embankment – Descending ramp towards Szt. István Park – Lower Embankment of Pest – Közraktár Street ramp – Fővám Square – Liberty Bridge – Szt. Gellért Square – University Quay – Pázmány Péter Promenade

Kilometer Markers: Each kilometer will be marked with a sign placed 2 meters high along the route. This will help you track your progress and ensure that you maintain the desired pace according to your training and preparation.

The successful completion of the race will be supported by PUMA pace runners at the following target finish times:

  • 1:30 (Planned Pace: 4:14-4:15 min/km, steady pace, pace chart)
  • 1:45 (Planned Pace: 4:58-4:59 min/km, steady pace, pace chart)
  • 2:00 (Planned Pace: 5:38-5:44 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 2:15 (Planned Pace: 6:18-6:30 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 2:30 (Planned Pace: 7:00-7:10 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 2:45 (Planned Pace: 7:38-7:56 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 3:00 (Planned Pace: 8:26-8:38 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)

    These pacers will help maintain a consistent pace throughout the race and assist participants in achieving their target finish times. Please refer to the pace charts for the specific pacing strategy for each target finish time.


Distance (km)LocationOffering

Lower Embankment of Buda, north of the Chain Bridge

8,6Árpád fejedelem útja, in front of Árpád Bridgewater, Powerade, banana, glucose

Margaret Island, Schulek Frigyes Promenade, near Palatinus Strand (Baths)

water, Powerade, banana, glucose

Lower Embankment of Pest, under Szent István Park

water, Powerade, banana, glucose
17,6Lower Embankment of Pest, under Vigadó Squarewater, Powerade, banana, glucose

Fővám Square, in front of BCE (Budapest Corvinus University)

water,  glucose, magnesium

If weather conditions warrant, additional temporary water stations will be set up along the route.

Individual refreshment delivery is not possible.

At the designated refreshment stations along the route, several 1-cubic-meter collection containers will be placed, primarily for collecting empty cups. You will find these containers on both sides of the route after the last refreshment table. The last container will be placed 50 meters after the end of the station, and this will also be indicated with a separate sign. Please dispose of any waste from the refreshment station that you brought with you into this container at the latest! Please do not litter any waste generated along the route; instead, place it in the containers provided at the refreshment stations. We will place selective waste collection containers suitable for recycling at the refreshment stations and throughout the entire event area. The containers will be labeled to indicate the type of waste that should be disposed of in them.

Useful information: At the refreshment stations, we can only hand out cup refreshments to the front and back of the field. When runners arrive in large numbers, you will need to take your drink. The refreshment stations often pose the greatest challenge. Do not try to squeeze between two runners for a quick drink or food. Please observe basic etiquette during the race, wait for your turn, and remember that there are often fewer people at the distant end. Do not take more than you need, as there are likely many runners behind you who may need the refreshments even more. After reaching the finish line, you can collect your medal first, then your finisher’s package. At the start/finish area, you can refresh with water at the tap stands.

The cut-off time is 3 hours net time, aligned with the start time of the last wave.

The field is followed by a closing bus maintaining a pace of 3:00 per kilometer. Those who are overtaken by the closing bus must board it. Their race bib will be crossed out, and they are not allowed to enter the finish area.

Timing Provider: AGNI-Timing.

The timing is done using UHF chips attached to the back of the race bib.

Please read the following information about chip usage:

Race Bib Rules: Timing is done using timing mats (antennas) placed on the ground, which detect the transmitter attached to the race bib from a distance of approximately 2-3 meters. The timestamp is recorded when passing over the mat with the strongest signal.

To ensure successful individual timing, please observe the following rules:

  • The race bib must be worn visibly throughout the race, on the abdomen/chest area. (Race bib belt holders are allowed).
  • Covering the race bib is not allowed.
  • Do not remove, fold, or pierce the chip attached to the back of the race bib.
  • Make sure to wear your own race bib during the race.
  • After crossing the finish line, please leave the timing area promptly.

In the individual half marathon distance, the top 3 male and female finishers will be awarded. The awards ceremony will be based on the order of arrival at the finish line (gross time). The online results list (based on net time) may show different rankings.

The top 3 male and female wheelchair and handbike athletes will receive tangible gifts.

after you finished

The results are continuously updated in the results list after crossing the finish line. Participants who do not have recorded times at any of the route checkpoints are listed in the results without a placement number. Participants who received a 10-minute time penalty for irregular bib number wearing are marked with an asterisk (*) next to their name.

You can pre-order a medal insert engraved with your name and finishing time to avoid waiting in line on-site. We will mail it to you approximately one and a half weeks after the event.

The insert is engraved on a self-adhesive plastic plate that fits perfectly into the recess on the back of the medal. You don’t need to search for money after the race, wait in line on-site, or send it for engraving later. We will create and mail the insert to you. Once it arrives, you simply stick it onto the back of your medal, and your personal keepsake of your achievement is ready.

The insert can be ordered online together with your race registration or through the „Products” section of the BSI registration system.

The price of the insert, including postage is 12€ (EUR). Order deadline: September 15, 2024.

You can find our photo selection from the event on our social media page.

You can find our video selection from the event here.

Celebration of the half marathon

Put on your virtual running shoes and relive it again

Videó lejátszása

reassuring answers

frequently asked questions

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