Winter may be right around the corner, but we are already looking forward to spring! Yeah, the gorgeous weather in Budapest is calling us but we are especially excited for the start of the 2019 race season (http://runinhungary.co.uk/blog/2019-race-schedule). The first race opportunity with Run in Hungary will be the 34th annual Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half-Marathon this April. Read below to learn all about the details of the race, as well as opportunities to travel and run with us at Run in Hungary.
34th Annual Telekom Vivicitta Half-Marathon Basics
The Telekom Vivicitta race includes two days of race-related activities on Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th of April, 2019. On Sunday, the main races will occur, including options for a half-marathon, half-marathon relays in teams of 2 or 3, and a 10k race.
Standard Entry Fees: Half-Marathon - 40-80 euros, Half-Marathon Relay per person - 30-50 euros, 10k - 15-28 euros (if you choose to run with Run in Hungary, these fees are included in the package price).
Number of Competitors: About 30,000 across all race categories
Refreshments: Every 4-5 kilometers
First Aid: Multiple locations throughout the course and at the start and finish lines
Timing: Chip timing on race bib
Pace Runners: 15 minute intervals, from 1:30 to 2:45
Elevation: Almost entirely flat, through Budapest city center
Finishers: Telekom Vivicitta t-shirt and finishers’ medal
Expected Temperature: 12-22 degrees Celsius
Telekom Vivicitta Half-Marathon Location and Course
At this time the race organisers have not yet revealed the exact race course, however, there are some details we do know. The Vivicitta race runs through the heart of Budapest, crosses some of the city’s most famous bridges, and past the capitol’s stunning and world-renowned architecture. It typically runs up and down the Danube river, making for incredible views at every step. Previous Vivicitta races have taken runners through some of these key sights in Budapest:
Across Chain Bridge: The well-known river that runs through the center of Budapest is called the Danube. While Budapest is known as one city, it is actually this river that separates the capital into two smaller cities: Buda and Pest. Pest is on the East of the river, and Buda lies on the West. Chain bridge is one of the most iconic bridges that crosses the Danube. Chain Bridge was the first permanent stone bridge connecting Buda and Pest, and construction was completed in 1849.
Through the Parliament: Budapest’s parliament building is the third largest parliament in the world, the largest building in Hungary, and the tallest building in Budapest. It is known for its Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival architecture. The building is beautiful, and looks especially so as it reflects on the Danube river.
Past the Statue of Liberty: Did you know that there is a Statue of Liberty in Budapest as well? This structure stands 40 meters tall and was erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces. Although the statue also celebrates Hungary’s communist past, the city grew to love it so it was not removed when the country became a democratic nation in 1989. The bronze statue depicts an earthly and hard-working woman raising a giant palm leaf above her head.
Complete the Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half-Marathon with Run in Hungary
We are so thrilled to be bringing a group of fun and passionate runners to Budapest for the Vivicitta race this Spring. When you book with Run in Hungary, we take care of all the details (and then some). All you need to do is get yourself to Budapest and we will take care of the rest.
Included in Run in Hungary’s Vivicitta Spring Half-Marathon Package
Three nights accommodation in 4 or 5-star hotels in the heart of Budapest including all taxes and fees (Friday 12th April to Monday, 14th April)
Airport Transfer to and from hotel on Friday and Monday
Free Breakfast Daily
*ENTRY FEE and registration included*
Nutritional tips presentation (https://www.enduraid.me/)
Pre-race stretching with Special Guest Runner
Last minute race-day details (Forgot any of your necessities? We got you).
*Wind-down with post-race massages from local therapists who are familiar with runners’ needs.
Just for Fun
Traditional Hungarian welcome drink upon arrival
Group welcome dinner on Friday
3-hour Sightseeing tour included
Hearty and healthy pre-race Pasta Party on Saturday
*Post-race Beer Party with snacks at our favorite local Hungarian pub on Sunday
We would love to show you the best of our home country as we race through Budapest, but spots are limited and early-bird pricing ends January 15th, 2019. Book your spot here: http://runinhungary.co.uk/vivicitta-budapest-half-marathon-2019.html