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.
- 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.
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.