Zalaegerszeg (Hungary), Saturday 31 December 2016

Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary - runners in the forest (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger /


Hungary's last running event of the year, the Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon, is held on New Year's Eve in the city of Zalaegerszeg in the far west of the country.

Participants can choose between four routes. The shortest route is relatively flat but the longer routes are very hilly:

Race distance Ascent/descent Time limit Number of finishers 2015
3.5km     64
10.1km +190m/-190m 1hr 49min 222
24.2km +360m/-360m 2hr 59min 99
40.9km +720m/-720m 5hr 29min 51


Although the event offers prizes to the fastest finishers in the overall ranking and in each age group, most runners take it more as a fun run than as a serious race.

The routes are marked but they are not closed to traffic, and there are not very many marshals on the course. You need to look out for the course markers if you don't follow local runners who know the route.

Starting at 9am at the Deák Ferenc Szakközépiskola college in the south-western part of Zalaegerszeg (approximately 1.5km from the city centre), participants run on mixed terrain (roads, pavements, cycleways and trails) through woods, vineyards, parks, residential areas and industrial portions of the city.


Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon - runners in the city of Zalaegerszeg in western Hungary (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger /


Last year, a record 436 runners took part in the "MMM". Gábor Németh set a new course record in the 40.9km race (2:45:57). Ultra marathon runner Szilvia Lubics was the first lady across the line (3:21:24).


Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary - Szilvia Lubics (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger /


Race report and photos15. Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon 2009


Country: Hungary

Venue (Map): Zalaegerszeg (Graz 135km, Zagreb 180km, Vienna 190km, Budapest 228km)

Date: 31 December 2016 (Saturday)

Start time: 9.00

Start and finish: Deák Ferenc Szakközépiskola, Göcseji út 16

Race centre: Deák Ferenc Szakközépiskola, Göcseji út 16

Entries: online with payment by bank transfer (up to 27 December 2016); late entries on the day

Entry fees (3.5km): no entry fees

Entry fees (10km, 24km, 41km):

  • 17 years or under: 1000 HUF (up to 27 Dec 2016), 1200 HUF(on 31 Dec 2016)
  • 18 years or over: 2000 HUF (up to 27 Dec 2016), 2500 HUF(on 31 Dec 2016)

Exchange rate: 1000 HUF = ca. 3.20 EUR

You get: T-shirt (participants should wear this above their clothing during the race), entry into the prize drawing, snacks and drinks on the course and at the finish; free entry to the public swimming pool and sauna (15.00-17.00)

Prizes: trophies/medals to the best finishers overall and in each age group

Award ceremony: at 13.00

Event website (in Hungarian):

Egerszegi Mountain Man Marathon - Event website:


No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page! Please visit the official event website to verify the above information.