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The great anniversary race

Nike Budapest International Half Marathon 2010

The 25th Anniversary Nike Budapest International Half Marathon will be organized in the Hungarian capital on the 05th of September 2010. It's a beautiful tradition dating back to 1984 for those who love running, and a great opportunity to get in the mood for today's spectators who plan to participate in the upcoming years. Over 6000 single runners and about 900 runners in teams of two ran the half marathon distance in Budapest last year, with other 1000 people taking part in the fun run; out of these, more than 1200 participants came from 49 different conutries - it was and is a great international celebration of sports.

The distance of the official race is 21.0975 kilometers for individual runners and pairs (the latter get to switch after the half way mark), and there is a fun run of 3.5 kilometers for families with kids. The race centre will be in the City Park (Városliget) and the race will start there on Kós Károly Promenade (Kós Károly sétány) for all categories: the real competiton at 10 AM and the fun one a quarter an hour later.
There will be six refreshment stations along the course, making sure sportsmen acquire the needed amount of liquids and can wet their sponges while running. First aid will be available from start to finish, at multiple locations throughout the course, also doctors on motorcycles and bicycle will follow the race.
The time limit is 2 hours and 30 minutes and the race will be followed by a closing bus, which runners can get up on if they suffer an injury or want to give up.

To entertain the runners as well and the cheering crowds, street musicians will sing in more than 10 locations along the course, this over 20 buskers. But even without their presence, the race wouldn’t be boring: the route will take them through the most amazing parts of the capital, including famoun buildings, landmark monuments and historical sites and even tourists attractions that are part of the World Heritage. The itinerary includes the well known Heroes' Square (Hősök tere), the nostalgic Andrássy boulevard (Andrássy út), the superb Roosevelt Square (Roosevelt tér), the breathtaking Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd), the world renowned Gellért Square (Gellért tér), the recently renovated Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd), as well as Kossuth Lajos Square (Kossuth Lajos tér) with the unforgettable Parliament.

All half-marathon runners will receive a unique medal and a bag of presents upon crossing the finish line. Paying the entry fee also means that they get to have a rest in the Széchenyi Bath after the race by showing their start number.

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