"The Way of Knowledge" Half Marathon 2009

This half marathon in Hungary's beautiful capital city aims mainly at the university student and teacher community but the race is open to everyone, and many of the best Hungarian distance runners have taken part in the event.

The race begins and ends at the campus of the prestigious Semmelweis University, Hungary's oldest medical school, which also offers courses in Physical Education and Sports Sciences. The university is highly popular with students from foreign countries as many courses are held in English or German.

The race travels along the "Way of Knowledge" past several universities, colleges and academies on both sides of the River Danube. You also pass the magnificent 268m-long Parliament Building, and as more than half of the race is on an out-and-back section along the Danube you see it even twice.

Apart from the ramps leading up to the bridges across the Danube the route is flat and fast.

A 6km run, the "Academic 6", supports the event.

In 2008, the winners were Gábor Szabó (1:12:06) and Fanni Gyurkó (1:20:44).


Country: Hungary

Venue (Map): Budapest (Bratislava 200km, Vienna 244km, Zagreb 345km, Ljubljana 441km)

Date: 8 November 2009 (Sunday)

Race distance: 21.1km; 6km

Start time: 11.00

Start and finish: Nagyvárad tér (Nagyvárad Square)

Entries:  online, entries close 31 October 2009; payment in the race centre

Entry fees: 2 EUR (until 31st October), 5 EUR (on 6th and 7th November), 15 EUR (on the day)

Deposit for the timing chip: 5 EUR

Race centre: Semmelweis University, Nagyvárad tér 4, 1089 Budapest (Friday 6th November from 15.00 to 19.00, and Saturday 7th November from 10.00 to 19.00)

Prizes: trophies, medals and presents to the first 3 in various categories (see event website)

Showers and changing facilities: yes

Number of finishers 2008: 237 (21km), 2 handcyclists

Event website (in Hungarian and English): members.chello.hu/poczik.balazs/ (out of date)


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