Budapest (Hungary), Sunday 1 April 2012

Vivicitta Budapest - Participants run along the River Danube (Copyright © 2011 Hendrik Böttger /


Around 15,000 runners took part in last year's Vivicittá races in Budapest, the "Pearl of the Danube" and one of Europe's grand capital cities.

The event offers a 21.1km half marathon as well as a number of shorter distances (11.2km, 6.2km, 3.2km, and a 1km Family Run).

In 2012, the start/finish area will be on Margaret Island (Margit-sziget), a green island in the River Danube, and a popular recreation ground with many sports facilities.

All routes are very attractive. The 3.2km run takes place on the island but the longer races take runners along both banks of the Danube, through the tunnel under Castle Hill, across the magnificent Chain Bridge, and past the splendid Hungarian Parliament Building.


Race report, results and photos: Vivicitta Budapest 2011


Country: Hungary

Venue (Map): Budapest (Bratislava 202km, Vienna 245km, Zagreb 349km, Ljubljana 466km)

Date: 1 April 2012 (Sunday)

Start time and race distance:

  •   9.30: 6.2km ("Midicittá")
  • 11.00: 21.1km (Félmaraton, Half Marathon) and 11.2km ("Vivicittá")
  • 14.00: 1km (Family Run)
  • 14.30: 3.2km ("Minicittá" - schools)
  • 14.45: 3.2km ("Minicittá" - walkers)
  • 15.00: 3.2km ("Minicittá" - runners)

Start and finish: near the water tower on Margaret Island in the River Danube

Entries: by post (until 23 March 2012) or online (until 28 March 2012) or in person at the BSI office in Budapest (until 28 March 2012); late entries on the day (from 8.00 until 15 minutes before the start)

Entry fees (11.2km): 3000/3500/4000/4500 HUF (until 31 January/4 March/28 March/1 April 2012)

Entry fees (21km): 5000/6000/6500 HUF (until 31 January/25 March/1 April 2012)

Exchange rate: 1000 HUF = ca. 3.35 EUR (January 2012)

Timing: ChampionChip - no chip rental fees but 1000 HUF deposit (fully refundable); 500 HUF off the entry fees if you use your own chip

Race centre: at the open-air theatre (Szabadtéri Színpad), near the water tower (Víztorony) on Margaret Island (Margit-sziget) (on the day from 8.00)

Changing facilities, baggage storage: yes

You get: goody bag, timing chip rental

Prizes: (?)

Number of finishers 2011: 1692 (21km), 2732 (11.2km), 1852 (6.5km)

Event website (in Hungarian):


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