Budapest Marathon

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Budapest Marathon
Elte lágymányosi campus.jpg
The marathon starts and finishes in front of the Lágymányosi campus of Eötvös Loránd University
Date2nd weekend of October
LocationBudapest, Hungary
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, 30K, 10K, marathon relay, 7K, fun run
Primary sponsorSPAR
Established1984 (37 years ago) (1984)
(BTSH and BSI era)
Course recordsCsepeli Nemzetközi era:
Men's: 2:13:11 (1985)
Hungary Sándor Szendrei
Women's: 2:28:51 (1986)
Hungary Ágnes Sipka
Official siteBudapest Marathon
Participants1,908 finishers (2020)[1]
4,530 (2019)

The Budapest Marathon is an annual marathon and sport event hosted by the city of Budapest, Hungary, usually held in early October or late September. The current version of the marathon has been held since 1984, although an annual marathon has taken place in Budapest since 1961. Budapest Sportiroda ('Budapest Sports Office') (BSI) has organized the marathon since 1989.

History[edit]

Csepeli Nemzetközi era[edit]

An annual marathon race has been held in Budapest as early as 1961, when the inaugural Csepeli Nemzetközi Maraton ('Csepel International Marathon') was held on 29 October 1961.[2][3] This marathon was held annually[a] in either late October or early November with this name until at least 1980.[4]

The Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) also notes that a marathon was run annually in either late October or early November with the name "Budapest"[b] from 1981 to 1990, and considers it as part of the same race series.[4]

BTSH and BSI era[edit]

Like many sports, running in Hungary was limited to professional athletes only.

In 1984, the Budapesti Testnevelési és Sporthivatal ('Budapest Physical Education and Sports Office') (BTSH) organized a marathon that also allowed amateur runners to compete.[5][6] The event would be held in spring. A half marathon and a shorter race for school children was also held alongside the event. This would continue until 1996, when the Budapest Half Marathon became an independent race.

The inaugural marathon was held on 14 April 1984.[5] It consisted of two loops, 21 km each. 625 men and 25 women from 18 countries reached the finish line. The results of the race can still be found on the marathon's official website. The official sponsor of the event was the IBUSZ [hu] travel agency, which remained for the next ten years.

In 1986 the Budapest Marathon became an AIMS member, the first one in Eastern Europe. The prize for winning the race was a trip to New York to participate in the New York City Marathon, provided the winner finishes under 2:18 (man) or 2:40 (woman).

In 1987, with full AIMS membership, the race attracted more international participants and the number of runners passed 1000. This was also the first time that every finisher received a medal.

In 1989, the Budapest Sportiroda ('Budapest Sports Office') (BSI) began to organize the marathon.[5]

In 1993 the official sponsor was changed to Mars. Fred Lebow, the founder of the New York City Marathon and of Hungarian origin was the guest star of the event (he ran a half marathon).

The marathon was not held in 1994 and 1995 due to financial difficulties. In 1996, the marathon event was moved to autumn, while the half marathon remained in spring. The sponsor was changed to Kaiser's-Plus.

In 2009 SPAR bought Plus, which meant the marathon's name was also changed to "SPAR Budapest Marathon", which it remains. This year saw over 13,000 participants, with 2,388 running the full length. The number of people increased every year, so in 2016 there were over 28,000 participants, with 4,969 running the whole marathon.

Course[edit]

External images
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2015[7]
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2020[8]

The start and finish is located in front of the Lágymányosi campus of Eötvös Loránd University.[8] The race center used to be situated at the Városliget (City Park), with the race starting in Hősök tere (Heroes' Square).[7]

The course of the marathon changes every year, but the main routes usually remain. Due to the large number of participants a "zoned start" is implemented, where each subsequent zone starts a little bit later. It takes more than 15 minutes for the runners from the last zone to cross the starting line.

The marathon passes through two UNESCO World Heritage sites. It also crosses the Danube several times. There are many music performers along the route. While there are usually crowds along the route, there are several "crowd support points" where large groups of people cheer. These points are well organized (usually near metro stations) so that people can go from one point to another quickly and find their friend or family member that is running.

Other activities[edit]

After the race is over, competitors can bathe their aching feet in the Széchenyi thermal bath (usually for free thought this can change).[citation needed]

Management[edit]

The Budapest Marathon is managed by BSI, led by Árpád Kocsis. BSI is an acronym for "Budapest Sport Bureau". The organization always needs to delicately position itself to produce profit, while at the same time keep politicians happy. Almost every marathon has either the mayor or a minister as the "main patron" of the event. Budapest has a loud group of people that don't want the race to be held in the city center (due to the road closures that inevitably occur), which forces BSI always to be close to the party currently in power.

Winners[edit]

Among men, the time of 2:15:04 time from 1984, set by Zoltán Kiss, is still a record. Among women, Simona Staicu has the best time ever, she was able to stand on the podium four times and in 2010 she completed the distance in 2:37:47.

Key:

   Course record
   Hungarian championship race

Csepeli Nemzetközi era[edit]

Ed. Year Men's winner Time[c] Women's winner Time[c] Rf.
1 1961  József Sütő (HUN) 2:28:21 not held [3][9]
2 1962  József Sütő (HUN) 2:23:05.8 [10][9]
3 1963  Sándor Molnár (HUN) 2:28:21
4 1964  Istvan Kun (HUN) 2:24:14 [10]
5 1965  János Huszár (HUN) 2:19:55.8
6 1966  Andor Bruder (HUN) 2:33:36 [10]
7 1967  Denes Simon (HUN) 2:22:19 [10]
8 1968  János Szerényi (HUN) 2:26:13.2
9 1969  Gyula Tóth (HUN) 2:26:51
10 1970  Nikola Simeonov (BUL) 2:21:56.2 [10]
11 1971  Gyula Toth (HUN) 2:21:46
12 1972  Ferenc Szekeres (HUN) 2:22:38  Sarolta Monspart (HUN) 2:59:53.2 [10]
13 1973  Jozsef Babinyecz (HUN) 2:17:45 ? ?
14 1974  Martin Schröder (GER) 2:15:13 ? ?
15 1975  Jürgen Eberding (GER) 2:15:36 ? ?
16 1976  Ryszard Kopijasz (POL) 2:16:21  Sarolta Monspart (HUN) 2:48:22.2
17 1977  Jerzy Finster (POL) 2:15:41  Sarolta Monspart (HUN) 2:48:59
18 1978  Ferenc Szekeres (HUN) 2:16:38.8  Ágnes Sipka (HUN) 3:02:21
19 1979 ? ? ? ?
20 1980  János Szekeres (HUN) 2:14:25 ? ?
21 1981  Zoltán Kiss (HUN) 2:18:52  Liane Winter (GER) 2:51:22
22 1982  Zoltán Kiss (HUN) 2:15:32  Antonia Ladanyi (HUN) 2:38:29
23 1983  Antoni Niemczak (POL) 2:14:15  Ágnes Sipka (HUN) 2:44:33
24 1984  Zoltán Kőszegi (HUN) 2:14:32  Karolina Szabó (HUN) 2:33:43
25 1985  Sándor Szendrei (HUN) 2:13:11  Ilona Zsilak (HUN) 2:37:44
26 1986  Peter Antal (HUN) 2:14:48  Ágnes Sipka (HUN) 2:28:51
27 1987  Stephan Freigang (GER) 2:14:37  Birgit Stephan (GER) 2:32:20 [10]
28 1988  Attila Sulyok (HUN) 2:17:59  Andri Avraam (CYP) 2:41:50 [10]
29 1989  Klaus Goldammer (GER) 2:20:58  Andri Avraam (CYP) 2:41:55 [10]
30 1990 ? ?  Anna Kamkalova (RUS) 2:52:05 [10]

BTSH and BSI era[edit]

Ed. Year Men's winner Time[c] Women's winner Time[c] Rf.
1 1984  Zoltán Kiss (HUN) 2:15:04  Antónia Ladányiné Schäffner (HUN) 2:40:10 [11][12]
2 1985  Jiří Sýkora (CSK) 2:18:31  Katalin Cseh (HUN) 2:58:09 [11][13]
3 1986  Sándor Szendrei (HUN) 2:16:18  Ágota Farkas (HUN) 2:47:10 [11]
4 1987  Karel David (CSK) 2:21:15  Anikó Joó (HUN) 2:53:56 [11]
5 1988  Radames Tamayo (CUB) 2:15:28  Ágota Farkas (HUN) 2:42:56 [11]
6 1989  János Szemán (HUN) 2:27:16  Márta Vass (HUN) 3:05:48 [11]
7 1990  Zoltán Gergely (HUN) 2:19:56  Ágota Farkas (HUN) 2:58:26 [11]
8 1991  Vadim Sidorov (SUN) 2:23:12  Anna Bidzilya (SUN) 2:48:46 [11]
9 1992  Géza Farkas (HUN) 2:22:07  Márta Vass (HUN) 3:00:09 [11]
10 1993  Tibor Bárdos (HUN) 2:24:59  Sofia Sotiriadou (GRC) 2:54:57 [11][14]
not held in 1994 and 1995 due to lack of funding [11]
11 1996  Endre Laczfi (HUN) 2:19:50  Erika Csomor (HUN) 2:56:29
12 1997  Martón Lajtos (HUN) 2:22:02  Éva Petrik (HUN) 2:46:50
13 1998  Gergely Rezessy (HUN) 2:15:38  Judit Nagy (HUN) 2:40:09
14 1999  Gergely Rezessy (HUN) 2:19:31  Erika Csomor (HUN) 2:44:39
15 2000  Mykola Rudyk (UKR) 2:19:32  Erika Csomor (HUN) 2:41:57
16 2001  Tolosa Gebre (ETH) 2:18:45  Judit Nagy (HUN) 2:39:04
17 2002  Gergely Rezessy (HUN) 2:18:41  Ida Kovács (HUN) 2:38:18
18 2003  László Nagy (HUN) 2:24:39  Judit Nagy (HUN) 2:41:56
19 2004  Jackton Odhiambo (KEN) 2:24:17  Simona Staicu (HUN) 2:38:17 [11]
20 2005  Jackton Odhiambo (KEN) 2:22:01  Katalin Farkas (HUN) 2:49:29 [11]
21 2006  Tamás Tóth (HUN) 2:24:27  Judit Nagy (HUN) 2:59:13 [11]
22 2007  Tamás Tóth (HUN) 2:24:40  Judit Nagy (HUN) 2:47:09 [11]
23 2008  Gergely Rezessy (HUN) 2:24:18  Judit Nagy (HUN) 2:45:30 [11]
24 2009  Moses Chepkwony (KEN) 2:25:16  Andrea Szederkényi-Takács (HUN) 2:44:32 [11]
25 2010  Ashenafi Erkoló (ETH) 2:23:13  Simona Staicu (HUN) 2:37:47 [11][15]
26 2011  Elisha Sawe (KEN) 2:25:57  Judit Nagy (HUN) 2:54:45 [11][16]
27 2012  Gábor Józsa (HUN) 2:21:06  Tímea Merényi (HUN) 2:49:30 [11]
28 2013  Gábor Józsa (HUN) 2:22:58  Simona Staicu (HUN) 2:42:26 [11]
29 2014  Tamás Nagy (HUN) 2:27:14  Simona Staicu (HUN) 2:51:08 [11]
30 2015  Dániel Soós (HUN) 2:25:18  Tímea Merényi (HUN) 2:45:08 [11]
31 2016  Gábor Józsa (HUN) 2:22:36  Simona Staicu (HUN) 2:50:28 [11]
32 2017  Gábor Józsa (HUN) 2:20:21  Tünde Szabó (HUN) 2:42:47 [11]
33 2018  Gáspár Csere (HUN) 2:20:08  Tünde Szabó (HUN) 2:47:40 [11]
34 2019  Péter Jenkei (HUN) 2:23:21  Fanni Gyurkó (HUN) 2:42:54 [17]
35 2020  Gáspár Csere (HUN) 2:17:43  Tünde Szabó (HUN) 2:43:39 [1][18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Association of Road Racing Statisticians does not have a record of the marathon being held in 1979.[4]
  2. ^ The 1989 edition of the marathon has been referred to as "Rank Xerox Budapest".[4]
  3. ^ a b c d h:m:s

References[edit]

List of winners

External links[edit]