32nd Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon – Budapest
April 8-9, 2017
Planned future date: April 14-15, 2018
The Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon is part of a 2-day long event all about running. On Sunday runners can choose between a half marathon (21 km), a Vivicitta (10 km), or a Midicitta (7 km) while on Saturday the focus is on shorter distances for the less experienced runners. With distances ranging from 750 m to 21 km everyone in the family can find their own challenge and welcome the spring by running!
The green and flowery Margaret Island hosts the start and the finish area while the Half Marathon course will pass by Budapest’s best sights. Completing the distance is essentially a running sightseeing tour as you run across the Chain Bridge, past the castle, Parliament and many other famous buildings.
There are over 30.000 participants on all the distances, with more than 9.000 half marathon runners, 6000 Vivicitta (10 km) and 5000 Midicitta (7 km) runners. However, no need to worry about crowding and overtaking as the start is done in waves so everyone has plenty of space to run.
In 2016, there were more than 2,100 foreign runners, including 1,300 on the half marathon, from 74 countries. Most runners came from Germany, Britain, and France, but there were also participants from Peru, Malaysia, and Belize, just to name a few.
Along the course there will be refreshments every 4 to 5 kilometers and of course continuous medical supervision. Pace runners will help you hit your desired tempo. But having fun is just as important as running so we’ll maintain several musical points along the course for your entertainment.
Each year participants receive a unique, race branded technical T-shirt and finishers are given a gorgeous medal. Designs change every year, but here are the ones from 2016 to give you an idea:
Budapest is the perfect destination for a weekend city trip. Budapest is the spa capital with over 100 thermal springs beneath the city that supply the famous baths. After the run you can rest your leg in the thermal pools of a unique 16th and 17th century Turkish baths or the neo-baroque Széchenyi bath.
Also unique to Europe are Budapest’s ruin pubs. Located in the city centre, this new function saved countless old, run down building from demolition. Their atmosphere is unusual, their style is retro and they revive socialist realist interior design. The perfect place to grab a drink the night before or after the race.
And while you are here don’t forget to try out the best of Hungary’s cuisine: a gulyás, a pörkölt, a rétes, and a palacsinta.
If your stomach is sensitive, you may want to leave this for after the race!
Watch this short video about the city and let yourself to be wowed: