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25th Anniversary Nike Budapest International Half Marathon

September 13, 2010

It’s a sporty month in Budapest this Septmeber; as well as hosting the final leg of the ITU Triathlon World Championships, it also welcomed 10,500 runners from around the world for the 25th Anniversary Nike Budapest International Half Marathon.

Budapest-Half-Marathon---chThe sun was shining as more than 6,100 runners took part in the half marathon with a further 900 on the relay and 3,500 participants in the 3.5km fun run.  As well as local Hungarian runners, over 1000 runners came from across the world from as far away as New Zealand, Mexico and South Africa.

The course starts and finishes in City Park and takes its runners past the iconic landmarks of the opera house, Chain bridge and the Parliamentary buildings and along the beautiful Danube river.

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Runners were also treated to a rather unusual spectacle along the way; along the first few kilometres of the race, five pianos were set up, playing jazz and classical music as the competitors whizzed by.  Sponsors, Nike, had claimed that music can help your running so runners and spectators could enjoy a melody or two in amongst the pounding of trainers on the ground.

Hungarian athletes, Laszlo Toth, and Krisztina Papp didn’t look like they needed much help as they flew past the finishing line in 1:04:38 and 1:13:13 claiming the men and women’s title respectively.

Next year’s half marathon takes place on the 4th September 2011 – the oldest competitor this year was 83 so there really is no excuse….

Kirsty Page, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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