Race report 2015

race_report_2015More than 20,000 people competed over two days at the 30th Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon Budapest making it Hungary’s biggest ever sporting event. Arriving from 75 countries, more than 2,000 foreign athletes also took part in the ten races, with most choosing the half Marathon. Most foreign runners came from Italy (212), Britain (153) and Germany (148).

On the half Marathon, Hungary’s István Varga took the lead on the 6th kilometer and never looked back, winning by more than 30 seconds. In the women’s race, Timea Merényi, Hungary’s 2012 half marathon national champion, won by an even more convincing margin, scoring a meet record along the way.

On the classic Vivicitta 10K distance, Zsolt Koszár also beat the old meet record, running 3-minute kilometers on average, finishing ahead of Dárius Farkas. In the women’s 10K, Simona Staicu won comfortably, taking first for a record seventh time.

The oldest finisher in the competition was 81-year-old Imre Kenyér, who competed in the 10K race. In the half Marathon, György Kiss and János Zsiga, both 80, were the eldest.

Results

Half Marathon

Men

István Varga – ELTE ADSK – 1:11:31
Dániel Soós – BH SE – 1:12:04
Martin Chouteau – FRA – 1:12:16

Women

Timea Krisztina Merényi– BHSE – 1:20:32
Réka Brassay – VEDAC – 1:23:23
Lilla Rozsnyai – ELTE ADSK – 1:24:37

10 km

Men

Zsolt Koszár – Synergy Fitness – 30:08
Dárius Ádám Farkas– Székesfehérvár – 30:26
Ákos Molnár – Vasas SC – 31:19

Women

Simona Staicu – Dunakeszi VSC – 35:58
Anikó Kálovics – Kaposvár AC – 36:40
Zita Bauge-Mezei – KSI – 36:55

7 km

Men

Attila Pelsőczy – TFSE – 22:31
Zakariás Kárász – Budapest – 23:06
Balázs Egri – Salgótarján SC – 23:12

Women

Anna Hajdú – Leopárd Klub SE – 25:27
Dominika Peszleg – FTC – 26:04
Zsanett Horváth – Uniqa Team Újbuda SE – 26:45