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32nd SPAR Budapest Marathon

The biggest running event in Hungary with more than 28,000 participants from over 80 countries.

Budapest, with its seven bridges and three hills, has long won the hearts of runners from other countries. Picturesque city streets branch out from the start line at Heroes' Square where a bevy of statues look down on marathon runners. If that’s not enough inspiration to run a personal best, the course through Budapest and along the Danube is almost entirely flat.

The event is made especially attractive by the city's fascinating beauty - Andrássy Avenue (a Unesco World Heritage site), the art-nouveau style Gresham Hotel, the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle (also part of Unesco World Heritage), the idyllic Margaret Island, the monumental Parliament - runners have all these sights to admire, which effectively eases the pain of this long distance.

Click below to watch a short video and familiarise yourself with this event in the wonderful city of Budapest! This is running in Budapest!

After the marathon you can bathe your aching feet in one of the 22 pools of the Széchenyi thermal bath, the most famous spa in Budapest. Budapest is the spa capital of the world with over 100 thermal springs beneath the city that supply the famous baths.

For those who are travelling to this enchanting city at anothe time of the year, you may be intersted in:

  • Lake Balaton Supermarathon  22-25 March 2018
  • Budapest Spring Half Marathon  14-15 April 2018
  • Budapest Half Marathon 9 September 2018

    Read more about Budapest here.... some handy travel information


The event starts at the impressive Hősök tere (Heroes' Square), which is usually the main meeting place for skaters and skateboarders, but for a few days at the end of summer thousands of two-legged enthusiasts reclaim the square and admire the 24 sculptures representing important actors from Hungarian history. It's not a coincidence that Fred Lebow - a Hungarian by origin - also wanted the Budapest Marathon to start from here. 

Click here to view the Marathon Course Map


  • Marathon
  • Marathon Relay
  • 30km
  • 10km
  • Shorter distances?  Coming soon!

Start Times

09:30 Marathon and Marathon Relay
10:15 30km
10:10 10km


The Entry Fee is included in your travel package and includes:

  • Bib number
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Marathon bag
  • Sponge (carry it with you on the day!)
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Warm up with professional fitness trainers
  • Refreshment stations along the course 
  • Personal refreshment distribution
  • Pace makers
  • Changing and cloak rooms
  • First aid on the course
  • Marathon expo
  • Family day at the start area with day long programs

Race Package Collection

All start numbers must be picked up at the race centre (at the start/finishing area close to Heroes Square) during opening hours:

Saturday: from 12:00 to 18:00
Sunday: from 07:00 to 09:00

Please bring your confirmation letter to collect your number. If you do not have your confirmation letter, please check your number on the entry list at the race centre. Start packages will be handed over together with the race numbers.

Pasta Party

When:       Saturday, from 12:00pm to 18:00pm
Where:      Next to the race centre, where you collect your start number.

Refreshment Stations

There will be thirteen refreshment stations along the course. The first and last stations will provide water while all other stations will offer banana, lemon, glucose, isodrink (POWERADE) and water. All stations will be supplying water to wet your sponge.

Personal Refreshments

If you would like to do so you can leave your bottle at the race center at a dedicated desk during the following times:

Saturday      12:00 to 18:00
Sunday       07:30 to 08:45


There will be pace makers and each time will have two runners assigned.

  • 3:30
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00
  • 5:30

Time Limit

The time limit is 5 hours and 30 minutes. The race will be followed by the closing bus which runners can get up on if they suffer an injury or are forced to give up. The closed roads will be opened after the time limit elapses, for this reason those who are caught up by the closing bus must get up on it. Runners who give up or suffer an injury will be transported back to the race centre by the bus. Please return your chip on the bus should this be the case. It is forbidden to keep on running once the bus passes you because roads will be opened to traffic after the time limit. Part time limits are:

  • 10km       1hr 18min
  • 20km       2hr 36min
  • 30k           3hr 55min
  • 40k           5h 13m
  • 42k           5hr 30min

Age Limit

All runners must be at least 18 years old.

Chip (no chip, no time)

You must wear your timing chip during the race. You can either wear your own chip or you can rent one from the organiser. If you use your own you have to register its number.
The timing chips are provided free of charge, on the understanding the chip is returned before you leave the finishing area. Failure to return your chip will result in a fine of 1000 HUF.

Race Number

The race number must be worn on the chest. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Skates, Bikes, Dogs, etc

It is forbidden to participate in the race with skates, bicycles, dogs or other pets. Violation of these rules will result in exclusion from the race.


Toilets will be set up at the start/finish area and beside each refreshment stations.

First Aid

First aid will be available from start to finish at multiple locations throughout the course. The following is provided: doctors on motorcycles, an ambulance which will follow behind the race, another ambulance will be ready at the Lánchíd (Chain Bridge) in the relay switch area, doctors will constantly circle up and down the course and a first aid station will be set up at the finish line.

Post Race Massage

At the finish area, masseurs will be waiting for those who wish to relax their feet. The massage is free and the duration is about 10 minutes.


There is no refund for cancellation, no matter what is the reason. Registration may be carried over to the following year.

2018 Budapest Marathon Entry and Accommodation Packages

We have a range of accommodation options available, all standards to meet all budgets.

We have also travelled to Budapest on a number of occasions and can assist you with all your travel plans - how to get there, things to see and do, extended travel throughout Europe and itineraries to suit your available time and budget.

Contact us now and we will assist you with your plans to not only run in Budapest but get the best out of your trip to this magnificent part of the world!

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