1st Oxigén Great Forest Marathon
Debrecen (Hungary), Saturday 10 April 2010
A new trail marathon on the Great Hungarian Plain!
The race is held in April in the Great Forest (Nagyerdő) on the northern outskirts of Debrecen which is, with a little more than 200,000 inhabitants, Hungary's second most populous city.
The full marathon follows an eight-lap course on forest trails. The course is very mildly undulating. In case you have a partner, you could also share the distance and run 21k each in a relay.
There are no entry fees but you will have to register until 28 February 2010!
Debrecen is a pleasant place with a considerable student population and an agreeable pedestrianized city centre. Bordering the protected forest, there's a large recreational area, which includes parkland, ponds, plenty of sports facilities, a botanical garden and the university. The thermal baths might prove to be invaluable to relax after the race.
On your way to or from Debrecen you shouldn't miss the opportunity to drive through the Puszta, the pancake flat grassland in the Hortobágy National Park. The trains to Budapest also go through the puszta.
The organizing Oxigén Klub has some experience in staging running events after coordinating the Debrecen Marathon for five years. This also travelled through the Great Forest, but on a different course on asphalt roads.
Debrecen's university is in the "Great Forest Park"
Venue (Map): Debrecen (Budapest 220km, Wien 464km, Zagreb 564km, Ljubljana 657km)
Date: 10 April 2010 (Saturday)
Race distance: 42km; relay for two runners: 2x21km
Start time: 11.00
Start and finish: near the Central Cemetery in the Great Forest
Race course: elevation profile
Entries: online or by e-mail; entries close 28 February 2010!
Entry fees: No entry fees!
Race centre: at the start (on the day from 9.00 to 10.00)
You get: pasta party (Friday 9 April from 16.00 to 19.00); finisher T-shirt and medal
Prizes: product prizes to the first 7 M/F and to the first 3 in the categories
Number of finishers 2009: ---
- Official race information in English (PDF)
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