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Bucharest International Marathon Race Review

Posted on 31 March 2011

Bucharest International Marathon (BIM) takes place in Bucharest, capital of Romania, South- East Europe. BIM started as international marathon in 2008, being part of International Streets Marathon Association and included in the international official marathon races calendar.

This year is the fourth edition, on Sunday, 9th of October;  the start/finish area together with the Sport Expo are in Constitution Square, in front of Parliament House.

Web site: – under re-launching and redesign activity

The race starts at 9:30 AM, the typical weather is 60% sunny,  40% rain chances;  temperature – 10 degrees Celsius in the morning  15 degrees Celsius at noon –  perfect for running!

The race director is professional AIMS (International Street Marathon Association) member and referee:  Paolo Ottone, from Italy; he has organized before Prague marathon, currently organizing Lago Magiore Marathon and Half Marathon, in Italy: .

The president of organizing association (Bucharest Running Club) is Olympic Champion, World Champion and European Champion in rowing, as well as over 20 marathons runner: Valeria Racila Van Groningen.

Race FEES:


Marathon Individual Half Marathon Individual Team Relay Fun Race Wheelchair Hanbike
By 30/06/2011 30€ 20€ 70€ 30 RON Free
By 31/08/2011 35€ 25€ 80€ 30 RON Free
By   6/10/2011 40€ 30€ 90€ 30 RON Free
Sport Expo (7th–8th October 2011) 50€ 35€ 100€ 30 RON Free

All participants receive: medal, T-shirt, water, energizer, fruits, sponge points, race number

This race is down town Bucharest and the Start – Finish area is next to most attractive visiting point in Bucharest: Parliament House, ex – Nicolae Ceausescu dictator Palace, the second largest building in the world, after Pentagon building.  The race is point to point; start and finish are in the same point.

The course is perfectly closed; police and guardians and referee will attend the course and races. The terrain is flat with one exception, a hill with low inclination; 500 m uphill and 500 m downhill.  We are using fences combined with yellow ribbon and 2 meters tall metal indicators.

There are over 20 toilets at the start/finish area plus others on the track, every 5 km.  There are first aid stations and ambulances every 5 km of the track; special tent , beds and specialized personnel at the start/finish area.

The  race expo will be open Friday, 7th of October 1 PM – 8 PM; Saturday, 8th of October 10 AM – 8 PM;  Sunday 9th of October 8 AM – 5 PM

There is a Pasta Party, on Saturday, 8th of October, at 13:00 O Clock in the oldest restaurant in Town ( Caru cu Bere),  10 minutes walking form  Start/ Finish area. Cost of ticket for Pasta Party is 25 RON (5 Euro or 8 USD). All money raised from Pasta Party and from Popular Race will be donated to humanitarian and ecological causes managed by 2 NGO’s supported by Bucharest International Marathon: Hospice House of Hope and Future Plus- Sustainable development

There has been steady growth of this race: first year 40% growth, second year 50% growth, third year 60% growth.  In 2010 we had 1800 runners for the competitive races : marathon, half marathon and relay teams and over  2000 persons for Popular Race and Children Race.

Most of the Athletes came from Romania and 20 other  countries:  Kenya, Ethiopia, Italy, UK, USA, Germany, Israel,   France, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Moldavia, etc.

Bucharest International Airport – Henry Coanda Airport is 20 km away from the venue; taxi from the airport cost maximum 30 USD.

Hilton Athenee Palace is the official Hotel of the Marathon , on Victoriei street, 5 stars, 20 minutes walking to start/finish area; Ibis  and Parliament  hotels , 3 stars, 3 minutes walking to the Start/ finish .

We will have the children race on Saturday, October 8th; all day of Saturday will have shows and entertainment for children kids till 14 years old can run at Children Race on Saturday, children over 12 can run at the Popular Race (4 km) on Sunday, October 9th.

Advise for first timer: Take at least  3 days time for staying in Romania if you come from USA or another long distance destination; take care of the jet lag ( 7 hours compare to NY time).

Budget Items for summary of costs:

  1. Race entry Fee : average 52 USD depending when you pay
  2. Hotel:  80 USD – 200 USD/room / night according to hotel level
  3. How many dinners/ meals to buy: 2/day x 20-30 USD each
  4. Transportation flight cost or gas:  we recommend metro/subway, it cost 0.5 USD/trip or taxi , is cheap, 0,3 to max  1 USD/km
  5. Rental Car Requirements:  we will provide touristic programs outside Bucharest with transport included , for the day of Saturday or Friday, prior the race; info on the website

We will provide points of sale of food (sandwiches, energy bars, tea,  coffee) at the Sport Expo. Water and energy drink are available for runners, included in the competition fee; the rest can be bought near the start/finish area.

There is cell phone coverage at this race – GSM coverage; main networks:  Orange , Vodafone, Cosmote

There is a race photographer;  pictures will be posted on the website and each person can download his/her photo for average of 2 USD per photo;

The race is new in the international marathon calendars – new interesting location to visit; the course is perfectly safe, completely close, it passes around  down town Bucharest on a circuit of 10 km, out of which half is along the Dimbovita River.

The circuit goes around the Parliamnet House, landmark of Bucharest, former Ceausescu dictator Palace, second largest building in the world after Pentagon building.

We are organizing one day visit to Dracula Castel (Bran Castel), 200 km distance from Bucharest. The touristic offers will be posted on the website by end of May.

Food is good – Romanian and international: from fast food options to bio , natural or fusion , exclusive restaurants. Traditional Romanian dish is mixed meet rolled in cabbage leaves with sour cream and corn polenta. Traditional drink is “tuica” a plum based brandy together with a big variety of white and red wines.

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