Sunday 31 December 2017

Szilveszteri Hegyimaraton - Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon - MMM (Copyright © 2014 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)

 

Held yearly on New Year's Eve in Zalaegerszeg, a city of about 60,000 people in western Hungary, the Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon (or Szilveszteri Hegyimaraton) is a terrific running event which boasts four scenic routes and the relaxed feel of a local race.

Many participants take the ‘MMM’ more as a fun run than as a serious race.

The 3.5km route is relatively flat but the longer routes are very hilly:

Race distance Ascent/descent Time limit
3.5km    
10.1km +190m/-190m 1hr 49min
24.2km +360m/-360m 2hr 59min
40.9km +720m/-720m 5hr 29min

 

Starting at the Deák Ferenc Szakközépiskola, a college situated approximately one and a half kilometres south-west of the city centre, the marathon route runs on mixed terrain (roads, pavements, cycleways and trails) mainly through woods, vineyards, parks and residential areas.

The route is not closed to traffic during the event, and there may not be very many marshals on the marathon course. So, don't lose sight of the course markers!

The finish line is inside the gym of the college — a fine place to rest and chat and refuel after the run. In the afternoon, runners get the opportunity to celebrate the occasion in the public swimming pool.

 

Race review and details: 23. Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon 2017

Race report and photos: 15. Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon 2009

 

Map of the venue:

 

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