29. Spar Budapest Marathon
11 October 2014

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In the first week of September the organisers had to make a very hard decision about the date of the Budapest Marathon.

We received the necessary licences to organise the race on 12 October 2014 more than a year ago, and we opened registration in December 2013.

The President of Hungary announced the date of the municipal elections on 23 July this year, which happened to be on the same day as the race, 12 October. For a long time it seemed that these two events could both be organised on the same day, but in the end we had to make changes.

We fully understand that any change of date could cause a lot of inconvenience for many runners, but we found ourselves faced with a very tough decision: either to cancel the marathon this year or to change the date on which it would be held. We had to use the ‘emergency option’ referred to in the event information and change the date. We considered only two possible new dates: 19 October or 11 October. We thought that changing the date by one day to 11 October would affect many fewer pre-registered runners than would a date on a completely new weekend.

In view of how things have turned out we would like to offer a heartfelt apology to everybody.


Because of the changed race date we have made some further changes to try to minimize the number of pre-registered runners who will not be able to participate in the event.

We postponed the start of the marathon to a later time so that runners arriving in Budapest on Saturday morning would be able to run. The timing of the event has been modified as indicated below:

NEW starting times of the races are on the 11 October:
29th SPAR Budapest Marathon® 11:00
Flora Marathon Relay 11:00
Coca-Cola Body Awakening 30 km 11:45-12:22
Riska Minimarathon 11:15
Danone Fun Run 12:00

You will be able to pick up your start number on Friday or Saturday. The Pasta Party has been moved to Friday:

Start Number pick up on Friday (10 Oct.): 15:00-21:00
Pasta Party on Friday (10 Oct): 15:00 - 20:00
Start Number pick up on Saturday (11 Oct): 15:00-11:30

New time of the Metropol Morning Run: 9:00 on 12 October (Sunday)

Due to the other events happening in the city on Saturday 11 October some small changes might have to be made to the course and the placement of refreshment stations. We will publish these after completing the necessary discussions.

Run In the Thermal Water Capital of the World!

29th Spar Budapest Marathon
11th October 2014
Distances: 42 km, unique 30 km, relay for 4 runners, minimarathon (7 km), fun run (2,7 km).

Budapest is the only capital city in the world that is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities. Thanks to a unique geological feature, Budapest 'sits' on over 100 thermal springs that feed the city's famous bathhouses. Budapest is also one of the few places where you can experience traditional Turkish baths dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. There is nothing to compare to the feeling having a healing bath after your long run. Come and experience it!

22 000 participants overall out of them 5 000 runners only on the marathon distance. Almost half of them coming from abroad, from 68 different countries. There is no doubt, that this is a real international event on one hand, while still a middle sized marathon catering for individual needs on the other! The course is not overcrowded but you won't feel alone on the route either.

A scenic course leads through the most beautiful parts of Budapest, past buildings which are part of the World Heritage!

Come and admire the panorama of the capital from both banks of the river Danube, see the bridges over the river while you run either when crossing them or when running under them!

Budapest is waiting for you!

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