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A Rainy Marathon with a Wonderful Atmosphere

Posted on 01 October 2010

3150 marathon runners decided to run the 25th Anniversary SPAR Budapest International Marathon despite the rainy day! Runners started the race at the start pistol of the Hungarian President, Pal Schmitt. The drummers, the speaker and the cheering crowd set the atmosphere of the race.


Overall an all the distances (marathon, 30 km, relay for 3 and 5, minimarathon, fun run) there were 13 800 runners filling the streets of Budapest. Despite the weather it was a real running festival!

Runners first ran along the wide and beautiful Andrássy Road, then crossed the Chain Bridge and on their way saw a number of sights of Budapest (Opera House, Castle, Gellert Hill, Parliament). The wind and rain on the quay of the Danube did not make the life of the runners easy, but they all could tackle the issue of the weather. The sights of Budapest, the musicians on the course, the good organisation, the perfect refreshments all aimed to help the runners.

The 1300 foreign runners came from 50 countries from all over the world, the most international runners came from France, Italy, Great Britain, Finland and Germany.

The winner among the men was Erkolo Ashenafi (2:23:13), an Ethiopian runner living in Hungary, among the women a new course record was set by the Hungarian athlete Simona Staicu (2:37:47).

Congratulations to all the participants!

The next 26th SPAR Budapest International Marathon will be organised on 2 October 2011!

3 Responses to “A Rainy Marathon with a Wonderful Atmosphere”

  1. DesertSnake says:

    The organizers of conducting the marathon/shorter races are congratulated and the runners are also welcomed in limassol. Participate this historical event. see for more Information:

  2. Joyce Joyce says:

    Previously the Marathon races are only known in few countries but at present it is
    Internationally introduced. The organizers are welcome for taking place this huge
    Event at Cyprus. People are invited to come and join this pleasant event. Learn more
    in this website:

  3. Den Hay says:

    The event is the Limassol Marathon GSO is 20th February 2011 in Cyprus.

    Now Lmassol marathon is Internationally famous and every country of the world organizes it. The Participants participate in it with keen Interest. There are long marathon and also small events. For more details visit our event website.”

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