NATO Partnership Running Festival

Budapest (Hungary), Sunday 25 September 2016

Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger /


Organized by the Budapest Athletic Federation, the NATO Run (or NATO futás in Hungarian) is a popular event that attracts an international field of well over 1,000 runners.

In 2016, the event will feature a new course, which we find even more scenic than the former point-to-point course through the city centre.

All races — 4km, 10km and the 10km relay race for teams of two — will begin, like before, at Vérmező, a public park below Castle Hill in Buda, the western part of the city.

The 10k race will take the runners through the tunnel under the hill (pictured below), along the River Danube, around Buda Castle (pictured above), uphill to the Castle District, and along the beautiful Tóth Árpád Promenade, which offers excellent views of Buda. The finish line will be at the Military History Museum on top of the hill.

Compared to other big running events in Budapest the entry fees are very low, ranging from €7 to €13 for the 10k race.


Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary (Copyright © 2015 Hendrik Böttger /


Country: Hungary

Venue (Map): Budapest

Date: 25 September 2016 (Sunday)

Start time and race distance:

  • 10.30:  4km relay races for students (13 runners)
  • 11.00: 10km
  • 11.00: 10km relay (two runners: 4.5km + 5.5km)
  • 12.40:  4km

Start: Attila utca 135 (Attila Street 135), at the Vérmező ("Bloodfield") park

Finish: Kapisztrán tér (Capistrano Square)

Race centre:

  • in the office of the Budapest Athletic Federation (8 - 23 September 2016)
  • in the start area (on the day of the race)

Entries: online or by post (up to 19 September 2016) or in person in Budapest (24 August - 23 September 2016); late entries on the day; reduced entry fees for students and for runners aged 65 years or over

Entry fees (10km): € 7/9/10/13 (up to 1 Sep/12 Sep/23 Sep/25 Sep 2016)

Entry fees (10km relay): € 5/7/8/10 per person (up to 1 Sep/12 Sep/23 Sep/25 Sep 2016)

Entry fees (4km): € 5/10/13 (up to 12 Sep/23 Sep/25 Sep 2016)

You get: technical T-shirt, chip timing, changing facilities, bag storage; exhibitions, live music, Hungarian folk music and dances, ...

Prizes: to the first 3 in each race

Number of finishers 2015: 1130 (10km), 40 teams (10km relay)

Event website (in Hungarian and English):

NATO Run - NATO futás - 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.