The largest half marathon of Central Europe was organised for
the 24th time in Budapest last Sunday. There were overall 8500 participants;
5300 individual runners, 400 relay teams and around 2400 children and family
members took part in the Fun Run (3,5km).
This year 53 nations were represented in the race. There were more than 1500
runners from abroad, most of them came from the United Kingdom, the United
States, Italy, France and Germany. However, there were participants also from
far away places, such as Pakistan, Venezuela, Columbia, Japan or Singapore.
The course of the race led through the most beautiful parts of the Hungarian
capital, the runners had the chance to run across the Heroes’ Square, through
the very famous Andrássy Street, past the Buda Castle and the magnificent
building of the Hungarian Parliament. While running, they could admire the
breath-taking view of the city from the Chain Bridge.
As the race is primarily for non-professional runners,
professional athletes were not invited. The winner was a Hungarian resident
Ethiopian runner, Erkolo Ashenafi, (1:07:24) The female winner was a Hungarian
lady, Papp Krisztina. (1:15:27).
Budapest Marathon Organisation’s next international event will be the 24th SPAR
Budapest International Marathon on 4 October 2009. The number of expected
participants is 15000.
The 25th Anniversary Nike Budapest International Half Marathon will be organised
on 5 September 2010.