19th Elvira Marathon 2009
Szombathely (Hungary), Saturday 11 July 2009
The Elvira Maraton in Szombathely, Hungary's oldest city, is a relatively small event, held in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The 42km marathon is the main race but more runners may compete in the 60km relay, a fun run for teams of up to ten runners. The 6km Hobby Run forms part of the Cerr-Cup, a series of ten races in the Austria-Hungary-Slovenia border region.
The start and finish of all races is at the modern Király sports complex in the southern part of Szombathely. The route runs out and back on a country lane to the village of Ják (pictured), which is nine kilometres to the south of Szombathely. The turning point is at the magnificent 13th-century Romanesque church in Ják.
Participants in the marathon run twice to Ják and back, and then an additional 6km lap. Relay teams run ten 6km-laps.
Running on a hot summer afternoon (the start is at 2 p.m.) might prove to be very demanding but you will surely get some cool drinks at the after-race party.
Race organizer Ms Elvira Söjtöri will celebrate her 60th birthday this year (the reason for the 60K relay) and welcomes all runners to her birthday party with music, dance, pasta and drinks.
In 2008, the marathon winners were Éva Varga (2:58:36) and Ethiopia's Ashenafi Erkolo (2:30:35), who is based in Hungary.
- 11 July 2009 (Saturday)
- Szombathely (124km from Graz, 138km from Wien, 149km from Maribor, 149km from Bratislava)
Start and finish:
- Király Sportlétesítmény (sports complex), Temesvár utca 44
- 60km relay (10x6km, 2-10 runners)
- 6km (Cerr Cup Hobby Run)
- 14.00: 42km and 10x6km
- 14.30: 6km
- 15.00: 600m children
- 20.00: 600m adults
- on the day from 12.00
- 42km marathon: HUF 1900 (ca. €7)
- 10x6km relay: HUF 1000 per person
- 6km: HUF 600
- T-shirt (to all marathon runners)
- a souvenir gift (to all relay runners)
- pasta party after the race
Prizes (42km marathon):
- prize money to the first 3 men and 3 women
Number of finishers 2008:
- 42km: 43
- 15km: 135
- children and 2.5km: 134