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telekom vivicitta spring half marathon

Experience the energies of spring

The perfect spring half marathon you must try

In an impressive environment, beautiful weather, and a true runner’s atmosphere, you can test yourself and your fitness in the weekend’s highlight event, the truly classic half marathon distance. Whether you’re an experienced half marathon runner or a first-timer, you’ll find it hard to forget the amazing experience of the Telekom Vivicitta Half Marathon. We are ready to go. How about 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 event
  • closed and secured route
  • race number
  • unique technical running shirt, available sizes women’s fit: S-XXL and men’s fit: XS-XXL
  • custom finisher medal for successful completions
  • gifts from our sponsors
  • chip-based net time measurement
  • refreshments
  • medical service
  • musicians along the route
  • finisher’s package
  • 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.

Only individuals born before April 22, 2012, are eligible to participate in the half marathon distance. (12 years old or older).

The age categories used in the results list, which are not subject to separate awards, are as follows:

Date of birthagemenwomen
2008.04.22. – 2012.04.21.12-15 years oldM12W12
2006.04.22. – 2008.04.21.16-17 years oldM16W16
2004.04.22. – 2006.04.21.18-19 years oldM18W18
1999.04.22. – 2004.04.21.20-24 évesekM20W20
1994.04.22. – 1999.04.21.25-29 years oldM25W25
1989.04.22. – 1994.04.21.30-34 years oldM30W30
1984.04.22. – 1989.04.21.35-39 years oldM35W35
1979.04.22. – 1984.04.21.40-44 years oldM40W40
1974.04.22. – 1979.04.21.45-49 years oldM45W45
1969.04.22. – 1974.04.21.50-54 years oldM50W50
1964.04.22. – 1969.04.21.55-59 years oldM55W55
1959. 04. 22. – 1964. 04. 21.60-64 years oldM60W60
1954.04.22. – 1959.04.21.65-69 years oldM65W65
1949.04.22. – 1954.04.21.70-74 years oldM70W70
1944.04.22. – 1949.04.21.75-79 years oldM75W75
1944. 04.22. előtt születettek80 years and olderM80W80

For registrations submitted until March 24th, the first name will automatically be displayed on the race bib under the race number.

We can only deviate from this if the participant specifically requests it. In the case of online registrations, in the section where the inscription to appear on the bib is provided, please enter the text „NEM KÉREK,” meaning „I DO NOT WISH,” to indicate this preference.

There is an option to replace the first name with another inscription (e.g., nickname) on the race bib, but it should not exceed 12 characters in length. This preference must be indicated when submitting the registration. Only those participants who request this will have an inscription other than their first name on the bib; otherwise, the first name will be automatically used.

Please note that we are unable to display image characters or emoticons.

Space will be left below the race number on the bib for the name inscription for participants who register later.

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]

  • In the race, well-prepared runners, wheelchair athletes, handbike racers, and participants running with strollers who accept the event information and registration terms can take part. Wheelchair and handbike participants who complete the course under their own power may start at the front of the field. They should position themselves on the side of the starting gate facing the route, no later than 5 minutes before the start.
  • Upon entering the start, they are required to sign a declaration that, while adhering to the rules, they will not overtake the lead motorbike. They will begin 1 minute before the official start, accompanied by the lead motorbike, and are required to follow behind the lead motorbike until a designated point along the route. From there, they can continue at their own pace to the finish line.
  • Wheelchair athletes and handbike participants who complete the course with assistance can position themselves in the zone corresponding to the pace they indicated during registration. A participant who folds or covers their race number, making it not clearly visible during the race, may receive a 10-minute time penalty.
  • Participants who repeatedly violate the race number wearing rule, do not complete the designated course set by the organizers, provide inaccurate or incomplete information on the registration form, or misuse the chip, may face disqualification. It is not recommended for runners to use music or other devices with both earbuds inserted while running, as this may obstruct communication with fellow runners and organizers.
  • Bicycles, rollerblades, cycling companions, running without a race number, and running with dogs are prohibited in the race. Runners accompanied by cyclists or rollerbladers may be disqualified from the race. We do not offer valuables safekeeping during the event.
  • Any commercial and advertising activities at the event venue require prior authorization from BSI and must be conducted in agreed forms and manners. BSI reserves the right to limit the number of participants and close registration at any time for organizational reasons. BSI also reserves 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 place for picking up BIB number is on the ground floor of the Water Tower building.

    Opening hours:

    • Friday, April 19th: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 20th: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Sunday, April 21st: from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

You will be allowed to enter the race number pick-up area when a table becomes available. The race number pick-up tables are not organized by race number; you can approach any available table. It is IMPORTANT that you know your race number when you queue up at the tables.

If you don’t know your race number, you can search for your name in the starting list for the relevant distance, and your race number will be displayed.

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.

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.

Participants will be assigned to start zones based on their planned pace (minutes per kilometer). This arrangement aims to reduce congestion and unnecessary overtaking during the early kilometers of the race. Starting from the appropriate zone corresponding to their planned pace will result in a smoother and more predictable start. The allocation to start zones will be indicated by an adhesive label on the race bib, which will be checked upon entry to the zone. The number on the label corresponds to the zone number.

If a participant has not provided a planned pace, they can request a start zone sticker at the race center before the start. Without a start zone sticker, they can only enter the last start zone.

The flag indicating the time zone will always be positioned at the end of the respective zone. Therefore, participants should position themselves toward the start gate from where the time zone ends. After entering the zone, proceed toward the start gate to allow other participants to enter the zone behind you. The gates to the start zones will open 20 minutes before the start and close 5 minutes before the start. Afterward, participants can only enter the back of the field.

Start Zones:

  • 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

If you encounter a participant in your start zone without the appropriate zone sticker, kindly advise them to select the start zone corresponding to their planned pace to avoid congestion and potential accidents.

For participants using manual wheelchairs and handbikes who complete the distance under their own power, they will start 1 minute ahead of the main field. They should position themselves at the start gate no later than 5 minutes before the start. They will be accompanied by a lead motorcycle, which they can pass once they have left the designated point after finalizing the route.

Staggered Start:

The half marathon participants will be started in multiple waves. At the front of each wave, there will be race marshals who will guide the participants to the start line. Once at the start line, a 1 minute and 15 seconds countdown will be given before starting the wave. The same procedure will be followed for the subsequent waves.

The start gates will not be opened between the waves.

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

Distance: 21.097 m

Kilometer Markers: Kilometers along the route will be indicated by signs positioned 2 meters high. This will help you monitor and maintain your planned pace and fitness-appropriate speed throughout the course.

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) Offering
3,2 km water
6,5 km water, Gatorade, banana, glucose
9,3 km water, Gatorade, banana, glucose
12,6 km water, Gatorade, banana, glucose
16 km water, Gatorade, banana, glucose
18,7 km water, Gatorade, banana, glucose
  • 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.

The cut off time is 3 hours net time. 

The sweep bus follows the pace of the runners who are expected to complete the half marathon within 3 hours. Those who are overtaken by the sweep bus must board it, their race number will be marked, and they will not be allowed to enter the finish area.

The timing provider is AGNI-Timing.

The timing is done using UHF chips attached to the back of the bib number. Please read the information about chip usage!

Bib Number Wearing Rules: The timing is conducted through timing mats (antennas) placed on the ground, which detect the signal transmitter placed on the bib number from a distance of approximately 2-3 meters. The timestamp is recorded when the strongest signal is detected (when passing over the mat).

To ensure successful recording of individual times, please observe the following rules:

The bib number must be worn visibly throughout the race, on the abdomen/chest area. (Bib belt holders are allowed.) Covering or concealing the bib number is prohibited. Do not remove, fold, or pierce the chip located on the back of the bib number. Everyone should ensure that they wear their own bib number during the race. After crossing the finish line, please leave the timing point as soon as possible

In the individual half marathon distance, the top 3 male and female finishers will be awarded.  

The awards ceremony is based on the order of arrival at the finish line (gross time). The results list available on the website (based on net time) may display different rankings.

The winner of the 21 km race is the one who completes the distance according to the rules and crosses the finish line first. Therefore, we ask competitors aiming for top placements to start in the first wave, as rankings are determined by the order of crossing the finish line. If someone starts later, even with a better time, they might not receive an award.

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.

Order your personalized medal insert with your name and finishing time engraved in advance! Avoid the on-site queue and we’ll send it to you by mail approximately one and a half weeks after the event.

We’ll engrave your name and finishing time on a self-adhesive plastic tag. The tag fits perfectly into the recess on the back of the medal. You won’t need to search for money after the race, stand in line on-site, or wait for the medal to be engraved afterwards. We’ll create and mail the insert to you. When it arrives, just stick it on the back of your medal and your personalized keepsake of your achievement is ready.

The insert can be ordered online, along with your registration for the race, or in the „Products” section of the BSI registration system.

The price of the insert, including postage is 12 €. 

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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