Race Info – Sunday

This is the 2018 race info, including opening times, locations and other particulars.
BSI reserves the right to change the route, program, and date of the event.

Date & location


April 15, 2018

Start/Finish area

Margaret Island

How to get there:
  • Take Tram 4/6 to ‘Margitsziget’ stop and walk through the middle of the Island (approximately 2 km). Between 9:00-11:30 and 13:00-14:10 you must get off at ‘Margit híd, budai hídfő’ stop and walk from Buda to the Island as the stop on the bridge will not be served.
  • Buses will not run on the Island during the race. They will drop you off at the Árpád Bridge end of the Island, approximately 600 m from the race area.

Use the BKK trip planner to find the quickest way to the race area from your location.


Telekom Spring Half Marathon: 21.097,5 m
Telekom Vivicitta: 10 km
Telekom Spring Half Marathon Relay for 2: 21.097,5 m in two section run by two runners
Sections: 10.7 km – 10.4 km
New! Telekom Spring Half Marathon Relay for 3: 21.097,5 m in three section run by three runners
The length of each section of the relay races will be in between 7,5 and 13,5 km. The specific length will be published after the course has been measured and certified.
Sections: 4.9 km – 7.5 km – 8.7 km


9:00 – Telekom Spring Half Marathon (21 km) & Relays and 3 in 4 waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.
13:00 – Telekom Vivicitta (10 km) in 3 waves to lessen overcrowding and overtaking after the start.

Wheelchair and handbike racers can start ahead of the field but they have to consult with the race organizers in advance about passing the lead car.

Exact location:

The start is approximately 1.5 km from the race centre and finish area.

Starting zones:

You must start from the starting zone indicated by a sticker on your bib number. It was allocated by the planned pace you indicated at registration. Zones will open 20 minutes before the start and close 5 minutes before. Afterwards, you may stand and start from the back of the field.

  • 1st zone: pace under 4:30 min/km
    • Half marathon and Relay: under 1 h 35 min
    • Vivicitta 10 km: under 45 min
  • 2nd zone: pace between 4:30 and 5:00 min/km
    • Half marathon and Relay: between 1 h 35 min and 1 h 45 min
    • Vivicitta 10 km: between 45 min and 50 min
  • 3rd zone: pace between 5:00 and 5:30 min/km
    • Half marathon and Relay: between 1 h 45 min and 1 h 56 min
    • Vivicitta 10 km: between 50 min and 55 min
  • 4th zone: pace between 5:30 and 6:00 min/km
    • Half marathon and Relay: between 1 h 56 min and 2 h 06 min
    • Vivicitta 10 km: between 55 min and 1 h
  • 5th zone: pace between 6:00 and 6:30 min/km
    • Half marathon and Relay: between 2 h 06 min and 2 h 17 min
    • Vivicitta 10 km: more than 60 min
  • 6th zone: pace more than 6:30 min/km
    • Half marathon and Relay: more than 2 h 17 min

Finish location


Telekom Spring Half Marathon & Relays

The course runs through the heart of Budapest, crosses several bridges and passes the most well-known sites of the city.

Telekom Vivicitta (10 km)

The course runs along the Danube in the heart of Budapest, crossing bridges and passing several of the most well-known sites of the city.

Click here to see the map of the course.

Race center & bib pick-up

Race centre



Budapest Sportiroda (BSI)
1138 Budapest, Váci út 152.

How to get there:

The race centre can be easily reached by metro, tram or buses. Use the BKK trip planner or app (search ‘BKK Futár’ in your app store) to find the easiest way for you. If you take the metro you will have to switch to metro replacement buses at ‘Lehel tér’ station. Once you arrive at the address follow the sign to the race centre tents set up outside the building.

Opening times:
  • April 12, Thursday between 12:00 and 18:00
  • April 13, Friday between 8:00 and 18:00
  • April 14, Saturday between 9:00 and 16:00

Race Day


Margaret Island Water Tower

Opening times:
  • April 15, Sunday
    • Half Marathon and Relay between 7:00 and 8:30
    • Vivicitta between 10:30 and 12:30
Bib Pick-up

In the race centre starting on Thursday until 30 minutes before the start.
You must have your registration confirmation with you to pick up your bib, either printed or the e-mail on your phone. To collect the bib of another runner you must show his/her registration confirmation.

Participants running their first half marathon are entitled to wear another bib on their back with „MY FIRST HALF MARATHON” will be written on it.
If you indicated in the registry form that this would be your first half marathon, you will get this race number automatically when picking up your race number. If you didn’t indicate it when registering for the event, you can ask for it at the problem-solving table in the race centre.

Spring Half Marathon Relay for 2 and 3

Teams will receive 1 team start number and each team member gets an individual start number.

  • Team start number:
    • shows the team’s start number and has the time measuring chip on the back
    • the currently running member must be wearing this on the back secured by the provided rubber band
    • hand-off is done by giving this start number to the next runner
  • Individual start number:
    • shows the team’s start number and the index of the runner after it
    • must be worn on the front chest area at all times

Changing rooms, cloakrooms, toilets

Changing rooms

Facilities will be open before and after the race. Showers are also available on location for individual half marathon runners.
Ladies’ changing room will be located in the Water Tower while men can change next to the tower in tents.
Additionally, there will be changing rooms at the relay exchange station.


In tents at the start/finish area.
Individual runners can use the cloakroom with the baggage tag attached to the bib number. Relay members will receive an armband at the cloakroom.

Opening hours
  • Half Marathon and Relay:
    • drop-off between 7:00 and 8:30
    • pick-up between 10:15 and 13:00
  • Vivicitta 10 km
    • drop-off between 10:00 and 12:30
    • pick-up between 13:35 and 15:00

Attention! We don’t guard valuables in the cloakroom!
There will be no cloakroom at the relay exchange station.
There will be a monitored bike rack at the site of the race.


There will be toilets in the Water Tower and portable toilets and urinals for men near the race centre, at the start/finish area, at each refreshment and relay exchange station.

Refreshment stations

There will be refreshment stations set up around ever 4-5 km along the way.

Next to water, they serve other drinks and snacks to help your run, such as iso-drinks, banana, and glucose.

Half Marathon and Relays:
  • Start area: water taps
  • 4 km: water
  • 6.9 km: water, Isostar, banana, glucose
  • 10.1 km: water, Isostar, banana, glucose
  • 14 km: water, Isostar, banana, glucose
  • 16.7 km: water, Isostar, banana, glucose
  • 19.4 km: water
  • Finish area: water taps
Vivicitta 10 km:
  • Start area: water taps
  • 4.7 km: water, Isostar, banana, glucose
  • 8.3 km: water
  • Finish area: water taps

Relay Exchange

At the relay exchange station, you have to hand over the baton to the next runner in the designated zone.

Half Marathon Relay for 2 exchange station

Location: on Pázmány Péter sétány, in front of Petõfi Bridge on the left side of the course (at 10,7 km).

How to get there (recommended):

  • take the tram 4/6 towards Blaha Lujza tér and get off at the ‘Petőfi híd, budai hídfő’ stop (Buda side),
  • then walk to Pázmány Péter sétány
Half Marathon Relay for 3 exchange stations

1st relay exchange station: in Attila utca, before of Alagút utca (4.9 km), on the left-hand side of the road.
How to get there (recommended):

  • take the tram 4/6 from Margit híd/Margitsziget stop to Széll Kálmán tér,
  • then take the tram 56 towards Városház tér to Krisztina tér,
  • then walk to Attila út

2nd relay exchange station: on Fõvám tér, in front of Corvinus University (12.4 km), on the left-hand side of the road.
How to get there (recommended):

  • take the tram 4/6 from ‘Margit híd/Margitsziget’ stop towards Blaha Lujza tér to Rákóczi tér,
  • then from there take the subway M4 towards Kelenföldi vasútállomás to Fővám tér
Rules of exchange:
  • Do not remove or injure the chip on the back of the team start number
  • Make sure you use your own team’s start number
  • Please leave the measuring areas as soon as possible
  • The next runner must secure the team start number on their back firmly before leaving the relay exchange station.

Pace runners

There will be pace runners who will help you achieve your goal time and guide you to the finish line.

Telekom Spring Half Marathon planned finish times:
Telekom Vivicitta (10 km) planned finish times:


In advance: online at entry.budapestmarathon.com until 17:00 on April 10, 2018. Click here for prices and further details.

On-site: If the limit has not been reached registration is also possible on-site at the race centre.
There is no on-site registration for wheelchair and handbike racers!

The registration fee includes:

  • participation in the race
  • race number
  • a unique technical T-shirt with the race logo
  • a unique finisher’s medal for finishers
  • refreshments
  • finisher’s bag
  • medical service
  • course closed to traffic
  • chip timing
  • other programs before and after the race
  • 21.26% VAT


Entry limit

Half Marathon: 9000 entries
Half Marathon Relay for 2 and 3: jointly 2300 team members
Vivicitta 10 km: 7000 entries

Time limit

Telekom Spring Half Marathon & Relays

2 hours 45 minutes net time
A sweep bus follows the runners at a steady pace behind the 2:45 pace runners. If you are passed by the sweep bus, you have to get on the bus, your race number will be crossed and you are not allowed to enter the finish area.

Telekom Vivicitta (10 km)

7:30 min/km from the time the last runner crosses the start line.
A sweep bus follows the runners at a steady 7 min 30 sec/km pace. If the last runner of the field is running faster than that, then the sweep bus is following him/her. If you are passed by the sweep bus, you have to get on the bus, your race number will be crossed and you are not allowed to enter the finish area.

Age requirement

By race day, registrants for this event must be 12 or older (born before April 15, 2006).

Personalize your finisher medal

Order your medal insert engraved with your name and your result!
By doing this you can skip the long queues and you don’t have to bother with cash. Buy it online and after the event we will send you the medal insert engraved with your name and time that fits neatly into the back of your finisher medal.
We will engrave your name and time on a small stick-on metal card and send it to your postal address. When you get it you can easily stick it onto the back of your medal and your personalized medal is ready!
The medal insert can be ordered prior the race online at the entry.budapestmarathon.com website.
The personal medal insert can only be ordered for those with an individual result.
The price of the medal insert with shipping and handling (to a foreign address) is 6€.

Order deadline: April 22nd

Time measurement

The UHF chip will be located at the back of your bib number.
Consequently, it is essential that you wear your own bib correctly: well visibly on your chest without folding it.
Failure to do so may result in 10-minute time penalty.


Prizes will be issued to the top 3 male and female individuals and teams.


A list of results will be published online real time, the lists are being updated while runners are crossing the finish line.
Runners who do not have a time at one of the checkpoints along the course will not be given a rank.
Those who received a 10-minute penalty will be marked with an asterisk.

Medical assistance

During the race, medical services are available at the medical area beside the finish line.

If you see someone collapsing along the course please notify the race organizers posted at each kilometre sign or at the refreshment stations.

At the back of each start number, you can find the phone number of the medical team.

Fill in the emergency section on the back of your bib. Do not forget to mention if you have taken any medication before the race!

Additional information

  • Please wear your race number on the front and make sure that it is clearly visible at all times and don’t fold it! Make sure you put your race number on your T-shirt properly with the safety pins which can be found in your race packet and also on the registration tables. Improper wear might result in a 10-minute time penalty.
  • Participation in the event is open to any properly trained runner or wheelchair racer who has agreed to the standard terms and conditions.
  • When you use earphones, you are unable to hear noises from outside, so you might obstruct a runner who is trying to pass you or race marshals or members of the medical team. It is NOT PERMITTED to listen to MP3 players or any other devices plugged into both ears. Anyone breaking the rules can get a 10-minute time penalty.
  • Among the runners, there will be race organizers on bikes and motorbikes, and also ambulances if needed.
  • Participants are not permitted to roller-skate, bike, run without a race number, or run with a dog. Those attempting to run accompanied by someone on a bicycle or on roller-skates can be disqualified.
  • Any commercial or promotional activity should be permitted by BSI in advance, in a manner determined by BSI.
  • BSI reserves the right to limit the number of participants and close registration at any time.
  • BSI reserves the right to change the route, the program and the date of the event.