The Budapest International Half Marathon follows a scenic route from Pest, over the Chain Bridge to Buda and back to Pest again all the way to the finish-line in City Park. The start gate on Kós Károly sétány is located about 100 meters from the race centre.
Record number of participants at the 25th Nike Budapest International Half Marathon
Ideal running weather and sunshine attracted a record number of participants to the 25th Anniversary Nike Budapest International Half Marathon. More than 6,100 runners started the half marathon distance. In addition there were 900 runners participating in the relay and 3,500 in the 3,5 km fun run. Overall 10,500 runners attended the race.
In addition to the Hungarian participants there were 1,200 runners from more than 52 countries. The most runners were from England, Italy, Slovakia, USA, Finland and Germany. Every continent was represented and runners came from far away countries like the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Venezuela.
From 1996, ever since Nike has been the sponsor of the event, more than 63,000 people ran the distance. Up to this year the race records were set by international contestants. The men’s record was set in 1998 by Japanese Sejii Hamada with a time of 1:02:44. On the women’s side Romanian Mihaela Botezan set the record in 2000 with a time of 1:10:17.
This year the winners were Hungarian athletes. Laszlo Toth won the men’s race with a time of 1:04:38. The female winner Krisztina Papp finished with a time of 1:13:13. A number of Hungarian celebrities also participated in the race. The oldest participant was 83 years old, the youngest was 12 years old. The ratio of male to female runners was 71% to 29% for both Hungarian and international participants.
The race led through the most beautiful parts of the city. At several points along the route, runners were greeted with a unique musical experience. On Andrassy Avenue, a World Heritage site, 5 pianos were set up alongside the road playing classical (Mahler, Liszt and Erkel) and jazz music to inspire and help runners to achieve their goal.
To help runners along the way organisers prepared 120,000 cups of water, 3,500 litres of Powerade iso drink, 700 kg of bananas, 100 kg glucose and 10,000 apples. Close to 300 people worked at the refreshment stations and overall, the event was organised with the help of 600 people.
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