Sunday 18 October 2020

NATO Run, Budapest, Hungary (Photo by courtesy of Budapesti Atlétikai Szövetség)


The NATO Run (Hungarian: NATO Futás) is an international running festival held each September or October in Hungary's capital city Budapest.

Four atmospheric races are available:

  • 4km
  • 4km relay for student teams of 13 runners
  • 10km
  • 10km relay for teams of two runners

Organized by the Budapest Athletic Federation, the event draws an international crowd of about 4,000 to 5,000 runners.

It attracts military personnel from many different countries.

But you don't need to be in the armed forces to take part in the event. The races are open to all runners, and most participants are civilians.

Both the 4k and the 10k route are highly scenic sightseeing tours through the Castle District in Buda, the western part of the city.

Starting and finishing at Vérmező, a park at the foot of the imposing Castle Hill, the 10k race takes the runners through the road tunnel under the castle and out and back along the Danube, offering marvellous views of the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge and of the magnificent Hungarian Parliament Building.

Compared to many other big running events in Budapest the entry fees are low. A technical T-shirt is included in the fees.


Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary (Author: Karelj / / public domain / photo modified by


Map of the venue:


Number of finishers in the 10k race:

  • 2019: 1,825 runners and 129 relay teams
  • 2018: 1,753 runners and 86 relay teams
  • 2017: 1,444 runners and 79 relay teams
  • 2016: 1,400 runners and 96 relay teams


NATO Run 2020:


  • Sunday 18 October 2020 (postponed from 27 September 2020)

Race information:

Event website (in Hungarian and English):



Race information:


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