28th SPAR BUDAPEST MARATHON – SUNDAY, OCTOBER, 13. 2013.

The 28th SPAR Budapest Marathon event is dedicated both elite and amateur runners looking for new adventures, these were the opening words at the latest press call. 

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Hit the road on this coming week-end to Budapest – Hungary!  It is only a little bit more than 5 days to go for the sensational Marathon in Budapest!

Thousands will stand on the start line, wringing their hands to start the run at the 28th SPAR Budapest Marathon !

To and from the start and finish line the route will be entirely closed to traffic which means in time from 07.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each section closed shall be constantly opened after the runners passing by.

The Budapest’s Marathon is held annually since started back in 1984.

In 1984, at the first Marathon in Budapest 650 runners crossed the finish line from 2400 starters. Last year, 19.200 individuals started running in different distances and 3585 competitors made it to the finish line. This was the highest ever number in the Hungarian Championship of leisure sport events.  Beside this year’s festival run at the marathon other six more starters may register.

Runners come from around 70 countries,  by nearly 2500 competitors. Figures show the great interest in the field of the relay race.  Just less than a week  before the event takes place already 750 teams indicated their interest and registered to the Marathon. At the press conference was introduced the eldest marathon runner, age 78-years-old Mr. György Kiss who at this year’s 28th SPAR Budapest Marathon wish to fulfill  the distance to 10.42 kms. within his run.

The previously launched initiative this year will be realized again. Healthy people with disabilities in helping the fellow human beings that they too can have the experience in enjoying this sport activity. The three-time Paralympic champion,  Mr. Peter Boronkay double world, and three-time European champion paratriatlonist will attend the competition as well.

Budapest opens to the world for Marathon lovers. Talking about the World … Budapest will hold two scenic World’s premier in the history of Marathon running. The only marathon so far in the World having 2 UNESCO World Heritage sights on its course, the Buda Castle and  Andrássy BlvdAlong the route the participants will cross some of Budapest’s most attractive sights. Rolling their running feet across two prettiest bridges on the River Danube will surely be a superb sight of the capital.

Needn’t have to introduce UNICEF mission, which is well-known all around the World, as no children should suffer of dehydration, of starvation, either should die of violence, exploitation or abuse causes. This time the flashes of its mission in Budapest,Hungary definitely worth to mention. Based on the idea of Mr. David Szántó, TV sports reporter is important to spread the news …

For the first time in the history of Marathon circuit, the „KIDS on the RUN”, Children’s Relay, will be held  together with the regular Marathon on Sunday, October, 13. 2013. in Budapest, Hungary.

This kind of run had not ever been held anywhere in the World, whereas a run takes off in a noble cause as to awaken the attention to the vulnerable children around the world. This date will most probably be mentioned in the History Book of Marathon, as the 42 kms. full course relay Marathon with 60 children from 42 different nationalities.  An awesome sporty day, where the „cacophony of languages” will surely fill the air, yet  in act all participants will be as one as to reach within their run their main goal to be the first to cross the finish line, in time and body at the end of  their sweaty run. The day is holding so much fun for young and old, if not as a runner, then be there to cheer the runners.  They will surely appreciate all the smiling faces and give them energy for the kms. to come. Those who wish to see a bunch of children getting ready for their „make my day” can be met at the UNICEF Hungary team’s tent at the ’56s Square beside the Heroes’ Square, next to the Race Center. The venue of the Kids on the Run start and finish line will be at the same point as the Spar Budapest Marathon.

The UNICEF Committee for Hungary with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the news to the Embassies in Budapest about this outstanding children relay Marathon to be held in Budapest.  The Israeli Cultural Institute was in support in helping to spread the news of the “KIDS on the RUN”  Children Marathon race in Budapest. An Israeli 14 years-old boy came forward who wished to be in the competition. A Palestinian refugee family’s 9 years-old son also entered to the race. This competition is purely for fitness, strength building, doesn’t recognize any color, neither religion, nor affiliation. The greatest symbol of brotherhood, peace, understanding and love, that could be imagen will be presented by the israeli and the Palestinian boy who both will run hand-in-hand fulfilling their one-kilometer relay race across  the Chain Bridge. This spectacular scene will surely grab everyone’s heart beat. The race at this point will symbolize the connection in relationships, just as the chains join together on the Chain Bridge.

Most of the children on the run are kids of foreigners living, working in Hungary. The competitors age is between 7 to 16 years. At the race brothers and sister couples, singles will be on the run.  The youngest ever ran on the Marathon will also attending the race. The young chap on the run will be, the 5 years-old Benjamin, son of David Szántó, TV Sport reporter. A team of voluntaries from the UNICEF committee for Hungary will pay attention to the all the children on the paths of their route.

A film will be recorded at the 28th Spar Budapest Marathon by the DIGI Sport TV, titled: “Kids on the Run”Run  Children’s Marathon race in Budapest. As plans are set already, the movie of the children’s relay Marathon are to be distributed to concerned countries organizing Marathon Games.

Channel CNN crew arriving to Budapest

The CNN online recommends on their webpage the Budapest’s 28th SPAR Marathon coming alive this week-end. The channel is coming over with a crew to the event. Those who cannot make it won’t miss a thing cause by watching on the telly may follow reports of the sights and sound of the Budpests’s Marathon. Even though the clock’s hands are running fast, best is to come and attend the run as a runner or by all means be in the audience to watch these awesome runners to cheer them on their way.

The “Classics of the Classic Run”

The slogan of this year is filled  with superb contents.

The theaters on the run … dozens-and-dozens of theater actors, theater musicians and figurant all will be participating at the Flora Marathon run in the 4 person’s relay race.

Companies from the Musicland!

Watch out … 42 kms. of musical points awaits the root for the runners, as foot tapping music will fill the air throughout the 42 kms. route.

The Budapest Operetta Theater’s Choir will entertain the visitors at the Nagymező Str. in front of its building.

Male soldiers of Hungary, the only professional male choir also welcomed the invitation to attend to the 28th Marathon at the crossroad of Andrassy Blvd. – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Rd.  They will be greeting the runners with an unusual a’capella concert.

… At the 35th km, at the Western Square’s overpass the Music Academy students will encourage the competitors with their Classic Music,.At this point the competition holds the most difficult section on the run.

… Another sensations of last year’s “SPAR Budapest Marathon” was undoubtedly the productions of the National Opera House. Its balcony was filled with the musical wind section. Even though the runners didn’t have the time to watch the show and  by having a “slow walk”,  the cheering fans and the waving chorus made many an unforgettable and captivated pass. The artists of this year will give similar production which most probably dazzle both runners and onlookers standing on the pathway on the Andrássy Blvd. Probably not far from saying, there ain’t anywhere in the world of a marathon with similar production.

For the time being 800 settlement’s runners, from 19 regions of the country will participate and so far more than 2000 competitors from abroad appointed to participate the run from all over the world.

There  ain’t no deadline, so still a chance to pull on your running shoes,  run over to Budapest and go for the Marathon of the Year in Europe. At the last year’s SPAR Budapest Marathon 19 thousand runners where at the start point and three-and-a-half thousand  runners  arrived to the finish line. This year the figures will most probably  hit the four-thousand or more.  Many runners from abroad, being here in the previous years are coming back to have their part again in the Marathon. Compared to the International figures this will be a medium size contest.

Heard at the press call, the organizers emphasized the importance, the connection to joint charitable actions to be connected to the event, i.e. such as for the visually handicapped individuals whom will join the run hand-in-hand with known public figures. Also the wheelchair competitors will be on the run together rolling with voluntary and public figures.

Be ready to boost the Marathon feeling or those whose  foot  can’t stay still join the relay for 4 runners30 km „Coca-Cola Wake Your Body”, 7 km „Mini Marathon” and 2.7 km „Marathon”  to run  for families … There will be blood stream invigorating with the sound of drums, samba, hard rock, blues and jazz, folk musicians and actor’s bands to ensure the rhythm for the runners and the cheering audience.

Links to the previous year’s Marathon showtime in Budapest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VsiVWWiWpc&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_OHV50piYE&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwVnk08khCQ&feature=youtu.be

See the route description map:

BP_MARATON_map_42_2013_forgalmi_netre_small

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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