16. Kékes Csúcsfutás 2013

Mátrafüred (Hungary), Saturday 15 June 2013

On the summit of Mount Kékes, Hungary (Photo: Author PM / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain; modified by Run International EU)


With 1381 finishers last year the Kékes Csúcsfutás in Hungary is the largest of all mountain running races in the Run International Race Guide.

Every year, the event draws more participants than renowned mountain races like the Grossglockner Berglauf in Austria or the Drei Zinnen Lauf in South Tyrol, Italy.

The route is 11.6 kilometres long. It features 671 metres of elevation gain.

The start is in the village of Mátrafüred, which sits at the foot of the Mátra mountain range in northern Hungary, about 85 kilometres from Budapest.

The route follows the road from Mátrafüred to the summit of Kékes (or "Kékestető") — at 1014 metres above sea level Hungary's highest peak.

On top of the mountain all finishers touch a rock that is painted in the colours of the Hungarian flag (pictured).

After the race participants must walk back to Mátrafüred but they can take a shorter route through the forest.

In 2012, the best finishers were Lajos Berecz (45:36) and Diána Szentpéteri (59:23).


Country: Hungary

Venue (Map): Mátrafüred (Budapest 85km, Košice 184km, Bratislava 287km, Vienna 332km)

Date: 15 June 2013 (Saturday)

Race distance: 11.6km (+671m)

Start: 12.45 Mátrafüred (343m)

Finish: Kékestető (1014m)

Entries: online, by e-mail or in person at the BSI office in Budapest (until 13 June 2013); late entries on the day; race limit 1500 runners

Entry fees: 6000 HUF (until 31 March), 6500 HUF (until 5 May), 7000 HUF (until 2 June), 7500 HUF (until 13 June), 8000 HUF (until 15 June 2013)

Exchange rate: 1000 HUF = ca. 3.43 EUR (Feb 2013)

Race centre: sportpálya (sports field) in Mátrafüred (10.00-12.15)

You get: goodie bag, chip timing, transport of personal clothing to the finish, changing facilities

Prizes: to the first 3 M/F

Number of finishers 2012: 1381 (1098 men and 283 women)

Event website (in Hungarian): www.futanet.hu/cikk/16-kekes-csucsfutas


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