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It's fun alone, but even more so in pairs

Szimpatika Spring Half Marathon Relay for 2

Life is beautiful in pairs, isn't it?

Working together in pairs means only half the effort, but reaching the finish line is doubly satisfying!

If running solo feels like too much, why not run in a relay with your partner or friend?Experience the half marathon thrill as a team of two and run through the most beautiful parts of Budapest Gather a team from your family, friends, colleagues, and conquer the distance together. We believe in you!

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ROUTES AND MAPS

Browse through our site plan and get familiar with the race venue for the weekend so that everything goes smoothly on the big day! On our interactive Google map, you will find not only the important units of the venue but also the precise route and checkpoints. Share the map with your supporters and also your Google position using the location sharing feature so that your fans can track your exact location along the route. They can even plan their own routes to reach the selected spectator points:

REGISTRATION, INFORMATION

CLICK HERE for prices and deadlines! We may introduce a participant limit for the event’s in the future.

  • Participation in the race
  • Closed and secured route
  • Race number
  • Custom technical running shirt (Available sizes: Women’s cut: S-XXL Men’s cut: XS-XXL)
  • Unique finisher medal for successful participants upon reaching the finish line (Relay team members who finish at exchange points will receive their medals from the finishing team member at the finish line)
  • Online results list
  • Downloadable online certificate
  • Gifts from our sponsors
  • Chip-based net timing
  • Refreshments
  • Medical service
  • Musicians along the route
  • Finisher’s package (Relay team members finishing at exchange points can only collect their finisher’s package at the exchange point)
  • 21.26% VAT

Online registration: On the BSI organizer’s online registration platform (entry.runinbudapest.com) until April 16, 2024, at midnight (unless the participant limit is reached earlier). The invoice will be sent to you via email in .pdf format.

In-person registration: At the BSI events, at the information tent. On-site during the race number pick-up, following the schedule, if the participant limit has not been reached in advance.

Wheelchair and handbike racers can only register in advance, pre-registration is required.

You can find the list of already registered participants and the starting list here.

The organiser of the race: 

BSI Sport Kft.
1138 Budapest, Váci út 152.
www.runinbudapest.com
[email protected]

  • At the race, both well-prepared runners and those running with strollers can participate, provided they accept the information provided in the event details and the registration terms.
  • Competitors participating with wheelchairs or handbikes are not allowed to participate in the relay race.
  • A penalty of 10 minutes can be imposed on a participant who folds, covers, or wears their race number in a way that is not clearly visible during the race.
  • A participant can be disqualified if they repeatedly violate the rule regarding race number visibility despite warnings, fail to complete the designated race distance set by the organizers, inaccurately fill out the registration form, use the timing chip inappropriately, or exhibit other breaches.
  • For the safety and consideration of oneself and fellow runners, it is not recommended for runners to wear headphones or any audio devices that block out external sounds while completing the course.
  • Throughout the event, there will be cycling and motorbike organizers present in the field, and if necessary, ambulance vehicles will also be on standby.
  • Using headphones during the race can obstruct the awareness of surrounding participants, organizers, and medical personnel as external sounds are dampened.
  • Inline skating, cycling, cycling with an escort, running without a race number, and running with a dog are prohibited at the race.
  • A runner who participates with a cycling or inline skating escort may be disqualified from the race.
  • The event does not provide storage for valuables.
  • Any commercial and advertising activities at the event site require prior permission and must be conducted in accordance with the guidelines and approval of BSI.
  • For organizational reasons, BSI reserves the right to limit the number of participants and close registration at any time.
  • BSI retains the right to make changes to the route and schedule.

INFOS FOR THE RACE DAY

You can find the timetable here.

Take Tram 4/6 to ‘Margitsziget / Margit híd’ stop and walk through the middle of the Island (approximately 2 km), or use Google Maps Navigation to plan your trip.

Plan your trip for the quickest way to the location:

Arrive by bicycle; we provide supervised bicycle storage on the event day! (Use the community MOL BUBI bikes!)

Parking: There are few parking spaces in the surrounding streets, which fill up early in the morning. It’s better to choose more distant but secure parking options. 

  • The parking lot is available at the northern end of the Margaret Island, next to Arpad Bridge.
  • You must comply with the traffic signs placed in the parking lot, and follow the rules of the KRESZ (Hungarian public road traffic rules).

The starting line will be located on Frigyes Schulek promenade, near the Water Tower.

The event center will be set up on the ground floor of the Margaret Island Water Tower.

At the event venue, the race center:

  • The BIB pick up dates will be finalised at the beginning of April 2024. 

Relay teams will receive two types of race bibs.

INDIVIDUAL Bib: This bib displays the team number and the team member’s index within a frame. This bib must be worn visibly on the front throughout the entire race. If the first team member also runs the race individually, they do not need to wear this bib.

RELAY Bib: This bib displays the team number and also includes the timing chip (on the back of the bib). The current relay team member must wear this bib on their lower back. A race belt will be provided for attaching the bib. Relay transition occurs by handing over the bib.

You will be allowed to approach the race bib pickup tables as soon as a spot becomes available. The race bib distribution tables are not organized according to race bib numbers; you can approach any available table. It is IMPORTANT to know your race bib number when you line up at the tables.

If you don’t know your race bib number, you can look it up in the start list next to the corresponding distance using your name.

Changing rooms

  • The men’s changing room will be set up in a tent on the west side of the Great Meadow.
    The women’s changing room will be located on the floor of the Water Tower on Margaret Island.
  • Facilities will be open before and after the race.
  • Showers are also available on location for individual half marathon runners.
  • Additionally, there will be changing rooms at the relay exchange station.

    There is a dressing area available at the relay points; however, we are unable to provide a cloakroom.

     

Cloakroom

  • The cloakroom tents will be set up on the Pest side of the Great Meadow, near the men’s changing rooms.
  • In tents at the start/finish area. It can be used with the baggage tag attached to your bib.
  • 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.

Toilets

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

The first runners of the relay teams will start together with the individual half marathon runners. They should position themselves in the designated start zone according to their planned pace. Before the start, everyone should stand in the start zone that corresponds to their planned pace (minutes per kilometer) in order to avoid disturbing other runners.

    • Zone 1: Pace faster than 4:30 min/km – Half marathon within 1:35:00
    • Zone 2: Pace between 4:30 and 5:00 min/km – Half marathon between 1:35:00 and 1:45:00
    • Zone 3: Pace between 5:00 and 5:30 min/km – Half marathon between 1:45:00 and 1:56:00
    • Zone 4: Pace between 5:30 and 6:00 min/km – Half marathon between 1:56:00 and 2:06:00
    • Zone 5: Pace between 6:00 and 6:30 min/km – Half marathon between 2:06:00 and 2:17:00
    • Zone 6: Pace slower than 6:30 min/km – Half marathon slower than 2:17:00

The zone designations are the same for individual half marathon runners, 3-person relay teams, and half marathon pairs. When specifying the planned pace for relay teams, only the pace of the first team member running matters.

Everyone can only enter the designated start zone that corresponds to their planned pace. This is to reduce the chaos during the first kilometers after the start and unnecessary overtaking. If runners of the same pace are in the same zone, the beginning of the race will be more peaceful and predictable. The label on the bib indicates the designated start zone, and it is checked when entering the zone. The number on the label corresponds to the zone number. For relay teams, the zone sticker will be on the team bib.

Without a zone sticker, you can only enter the last start zone. Those who didn’t specify a planned pace can request a zone sticker at the race center before the start.

Always position yourself at the end of the time zone marker flag, which means standing towards the start from the entry gate.

After entering the zone, move toward the start line so that participants coming after you can also enter the zone.

The entry gates to the start zones will open 20 minutes before the start and will close 5 minutes before the start. After that, you can only enter the last start zone.

If you encounter a runner with the wrong zone sticker in your zone, kindly ask them to choose a zone that matches their estimated finish time to avoid confusion and potential accidents.

Staggered Start at the 39th Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon:

For the half marathon relay participants, we have staggered starts in multiple waves, alongside the individual half marathon runners. Each wave starts within a 3-minute interval.

At the front of each wave, organizers will be present to guide the participants toward the starting line.

Once at the starting line, we will initiate the start approximately 1.5 minutes later, and we will follow the same procedure for participants starting in subsequent waves.

Please note that the entry gates between the waves will not reopen!

Any equipment left in the start zone will be collected immediately after the start and donated to the Hungarian Red Cross for charity.

Distance: 21.097 meters in pairs

Kilometer Markers: The marathon route will be marked with signs placed at a height of 2 meters to indicate each kilometer. This will help you track your progress and ensure you’re meeting your planned pace based on your training.

The successful completion of the race will be supported by pace runners at the following target finish times:

  • 1:30 (Planned Pace: 4:14-4:15 min/km, steady pace, pace chart)
  • 1:45 (Planned Pace: 4:58-4:59 min/km, steady pace, pace chart)
  • 2:00 (Planned Pace: 5:38-5:44 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 2:15 (Planned Pace: 6:18-6:30 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 2:30 (Planned Pace: 7:00-7:10 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 2:45 (Planned Pace: 7:38-7:56 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)
  • 3:00 (Planned Pace: 8:26-8:38 min/km, gradually slowing down, pace chart)

    These pacers will help maintain a consistent pace throughout the race and assist participants in achieving their target finish times. Please refer to the pace charts for the specific pacing strategy for each target finish time.

Distance (km)LocationOffering
   
   
   
   
   
   
  • At the refreshment stations along the route, we will provide 1 cubic meter collection containers primarily for collecting empty cups. You will find these containers on both sides of the route, following the last refreshment table.

  • The last container will be placed 50 meters after the end of the station, and this will be indicated by a separate sign. Please make sure to dispose of any waste from the refreshment station into this container.

  • Any waste generated along the route should not be scattered. Please place it in the containers provided at the refreshment stations.

  • At the refreshment stations, we will not hand you cups filled with water or isotonic drinks. You are responsible for taking these from the tables yourself. Under no circumstances should you place used, empty cups back onto the refreshment tables!

  • Refreshment stations can often pose challenges. Do not attempt to squeeze between two runners for a quick drink or snack. Adhere to basic etiquette during the race as well. Wait your turn and remember that there are often fewer people towards the end of the station. Take only what you need, as there may be runners behind you who need refreshments even more.

  • If weather conditions warrant, we may set up additional temporary water stations along the route.

  • After crossing the finish line, you can collect your medal first, followed by your finisher’s package.

Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon Marathon Relay for 2:

Exchange Point: At 9.2 kilometers, on Pázmány Péter Promenade, after the Petőfi Bridge, on the right side of the road. To reach the exchange points, please use the following two route planners:

https://go.bkk.hu/

https://www.google.com/maps/

What you need to know about relay exchanges:

  • For teams, the relay exchange zones are indicated by signage and markers.
  • The relay exchange takes place within the designated exchange zone according to the race number.
  • During the exchange, the current team member in the race must hand over the RELAY (chip-equipped) race number to the next runner.
  • The RELAY race number can only be picked up upon entering the exchange zone, and the next team member must attach it to their waist before leaving the exchange zone.
  • The exchange zone is located between the first EXCHANGE ZONE directional sign and the end of the last exchange zone.
  • Teams that exchange in violation of the rules may receive a 10-minute time penalty.
  • Runners who finish their leg at the exchange point can change there, receive their finisher package, and refresh.
  • There is no gear check and cloackroom service at the exchange points.
  • Transportation to and from the exchange points to the finish must be arranged individually by each participant.
  • The medals for the team members will be handed to the finishing team member at the finish line.

Net time of 3 hours (aligned with the starting time of the last participant)

The sweeper bus follows the pace of the runner finishing under 3:00:00. If the sweeper bus catches up with a runner, they must board the bus, their race number will be marked, and they will not be allowed to enter the finish area.

The timing services provider is AGNI-Timing.

Timing is done using UHF chips attached to the back of the race bib. Please read the chip usage information!

Race bib wearing rules: Timing is achieved using timing mats (antennas) placed on the ground, which can detect the transmitter embedded in the race bib from a distance of approximately 2-3 meters. The time stamp is recorded when passing over the mat with the strongest signal.

To ensure successful individual timing, please consider the following rules:

The race bib must be worn visibly throughout the race, on the chest/abdominal area. (Race belt is allowed.) Covering the race bib is prohibited! Do not remove, fold, or pierce the chip located on the back of the race bib. Everyone should ensure they are wearing their own race bib during the race. After finishing the race, please leave the measurement area as soon as possible.

Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon Relay for Two:

Women’s, men’s, and mixed teams will be evaluated separately. For each gender, the 1st to 3rd place teams will be awarded.

AFTER YOU FINISHED

The results will be continuously updated on the results list following the participants’ arrival at the finish line.

Participants without a placement number will appear on the results list if they do not have times recorded at one of the route checkpoints. Those who received a 10-minute time penalty for improper bib number wearing will have an asterisk (*) next to their name.

Our photo selection after the event can be found on our  Facebook page and in the Media Library section.

High-resolution photos taken along the route can be purchased on the bsi.futofoto.hu website.

You can find summary videos of the event, finish line videos, and live coverage materials here.

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