14. Kékes Csúcsfutás 2011

Mátrafüred (Hungary), Saturday 28 May 2011

On the summit of Mount Kékes, Hungary (Photo: Author PM /modified from Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)


Hungary has a reputation of being flat, but surprisingly it hosts one of Central Europe's largest mountain running events. In 2010, the Kékes Peak Run to the top of Hungary's highest mountain had again over 1000 finishers, more than most mountain races in the Alps!

The route is 11.6 kilometres long and includes an elevation gain of 671 metres. Start is in the spa village of Mátrafüred, located in the Mátra Hills in northern Hungary.

Competitors run on roads to the summit of Mount Kékes (Hungarian: Kékestető). The finish is at 1014 metres above sea level.

At the finish all runners touch a rock which is painted in the colours of the Hungarian flag. After the race, participants walk back to Mátrafüred along a shorter route through the forest.

In 2010, the winners were Gábor Szabó (49:07) and Ildikó Papp (1:00:16).


Country: Hungary

Venue (Map): Mátrafüred (Budapest 83km, Bratislava 285km, Vienna 327km, Ljubljana  548km)

Date: 28 May 2011 (Saturday)

Race distance: 11.6km (+671m)

Start: 11.00 Mátrafüred (343m)

Finish: on the summit of Mount Kékes (1014m)

Entries: online (until 25 May) or by post (until 20 May), payment by credit card; late entries on the day; entry limit 1500 runners

Entry fees: 5000 HUF (ca. 18.30 euros) until 17 April 2011

Race centre: Mátrafüred, sportpálya (sports field), 8.30-10.45

You get: goody bag, finisher medal, transport of personal clothing to the finish

Prizes: first 3 M/F

Number of finishers 2010: 1012

Event website (in Hungarian): www.futanet.hu


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