Zalaegerszeg - Keszthely (Hungary), Sunday 7 May 2017

Futás a koraszülöttekért - Run for Preemies, Hungary -  finish in Keszthely (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger /


The Run for Preemies (Hungarian: Futás a koraszülöttekért) is a terrific running event, and we heartily recommend it to all our readers.

You don't need to be an ultra marathon runner to tackle the 59.5km-long route through western Hungary. The race is open to individual runners as well as to relay teams of up to ten runners.

It's a very beautiful (and very hilly) point-to-point run that begins at the Göcsej Village Museum, an open air ethnographic museum in the town of Zalaegerszeg.

The finish line is on the main square of Keszthely, a very pretty old town that sits at the western end of Lake Balaton, Central Europe's largest lake.

The route takes the runners on mixed terrain (asphalt roads, gravel roads, cycleways and trails) through woods, farmland and villages, visiting many delightful spots, such as the Saint Anne Round Church in Kallósd:


Saint Anne Round Church in Kallósd, Hungary (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger /


You will pass two famous sights as well — the world's second-largest thermal lake, situated in the spa of Hévíz, and the magnificent Festetics Palace in Keszthely:


Festetics-kastély - Festetics Palace, Keszthely, Hungary (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger /


You will also have plenty to read on the course, so it's nearly impossible to get bored:


Welcome to Kehidakustány - The route of the Run for Preemies passes this road sign in Kehidakustány, Hungary (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger /


There will be nine relay points and nine well-stocked feed stations spread along the course. Runners are advised, however, to carry a small bottle with fluids with them.

The time limit to finish the race is seven and a half hours (8min/km).



The fastest finishers and the best relay teams will receive awards, but the Run for Preemies is mainly a fun run through lovely scenery, staged for a good cause.

It's a Charity Run For Premature Babies and Infants in Need of Intensive Care. The event is supported by several prominent figures of distance running, art and culture.


Photos: Run for Preemies 2017 — 20 Photos


Race information: 2nd Run for Preemies 2017

Country: Hungary

Venue (Map): Zalaegerszeg - Keszthely

Date: 7 May 2017 (Sunday)

Race distance: 59.5km

Start time: 9.00

Start: Göcseji Falumúzeum (Göcsej Village Museum), Zalaegerszeg

Finish: Fő tér (main square), Keszthely

Entries: online (up to 5 May 2017) with payment by bank transfer (details to be published soon)

Entry fees:

  • individual runners: HUF 2,000 (ca. € 6.50)
  • 2-10-person relay teams: HUF 2,000 per runner
  • 2-10-person relay teams (schools, universities): HUF 10,000 per team

You get: pasta party (before the race); T-shirt; timekeeping; nine aid stations on the course and one at the finish; finisher certificate; a meal after the race; free entry to the Göcsej Village Museum, to the Saint Anne Round Church and to the Festetics Palace

Prizes: to the first three men and three women; to the first three teams; to the largest school team

Number of finishers 2016: 36 individual runners (27 men, 9 women), 43 relay teams

Event website (in Hungarian, English and German):

Run for Preemies - 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.