31. Spar Budapest Marathon - 09.10.2016

4 day Trip - 07. - 10.10.2016

The capital of Hungary is situated along the Danube, in the heart of the Carpathian basin. Hilly Buda, which comprises one-third of the city’s area of 525 km² is located along the right bank of the Danube surrounded by low mountains. János Hill, with its 529 meters is the highest summit of Buda. Across the river sprawls flat Pest. The geology of Budapest has played a determining role in the city’s life over the course of history. Hot springs breaking through limestone mountains supplying water of 35-76 degrees centigrade gave rise to a flourishing culture of spas in the Roman Age and made Budapest one of the most popular spa cities of Europe.

General information about the 12th official IMFR Marathon*


Distances: Marathon, 30 km, 10 km 

Date: 9 October 2016

The biggest running event in Hungary with more than 27.000 participants from 80 countries, on the 2nd Sunday of October.

Participants in the annual Budapest Marathon follow a route that crosses the Danube and takes in both the Buda and the Pest sides of this fabulous city. Runners from all over the world compete in the event and a great atmosphere prevails throughout the marathon weekend with plenty of additional events taking place including musical performances in a number of open-air venues.

Marathon information:
Date: October 9th 2016
Start: Hősök tere, 9:30 am
Finish: 56-osok tere

No ChampionChip needed!

Map of the 2015 event

General information about our marathon hotel and program

Mgallery Hotel – Nemzeti Budapest ****
The 4-star Nemzeti Budapest hotel is in the heart of the city near to the national gallery. It’s in a historical building which is the first Mgallery hotel in Hungary and it welcomed its first guest 120 years ago in 1896. The hotel is near the business and shopping districts with the popular shopping street ‘Vàci’.

The 80 contemporary designed rooms have complimentary WIFI, multimedia box and a tea/coffee making facility.

You can enjoy the art gallery, the concierge service and sauna. Moreover they offer babysitting on request for a fee.
The metro station Blaha Lujza tér is approx. 80 meters.


Hotel address:
Hotel Nemzeti Budapest
1088 Budapest, József krt. 4.
Phone: +36 1 477 45 00

The planned schedule for the weekend is:*

  • Friday, October 7th:
    Arrival of participants – Hotel Check In
    18:00-21:00 Sightseeing tour with Dock 8 ship on Danube; Wine, Beer, soft drinks and finger food
  • Saturday, October 8th
    City Tour Optional sightseeing with Rotarians and Rotaractors. Collection of race documents. 17:00-20:00 Pasta party in Benczur House, 2 minutes from Heroes Square, 3 kinds of pasta, soft drinks
  • Sunday, October 9th:
    Marathon day: 9:30 31th SPAR Budapest Marathon starts from Heroes square and ends 15:00 in Ötvenhatosok tere.
    Farewell party starts 18:30 in Budapest Music Hall; soft drinks, beer and wine, three courses, with Jazz concert
    Budapest IX, Mátyás street 8.

We are superbly supported by - a special thanks to Dorka who has been planning the event with us for over a year and Ilona Penzes, 1911 District Governor as a patron of the event.

*Please check flipchart in the hotel for any changes

Please send all registration documents to our Treasurer Joachim Bekedorf who is also at your disposal for any questions concerning the event.


Costs and Payment methods

1. IMFR Marathon Program Package
EUR 58.00 p. P. without farewell party; farewell party on Sunday is EUR 45.00 extra

2. Bibs / Entries / Starts
Bibs are part of the VIP Package which costs
EUR 128.00 per runner FULL DISTANCE
EUR 98.00 per runner 30 K
EUR 58.00 per runner 10 K

Prices include bib, donation to the Foundation and official IMFR Budapest running shirt. Our Budapest friends are confident to confirm our own tent like in Paris.

Don't miss our early bird prices. From April 15th the package will cost a plus of EUR 30.00, from July 15th EUR 50.00 per person.

3. Room rates / accomodation:

Double room classic: EUR 78.00 incl. breakfast per person / night
Single room classic: EUR 138.00 incl. breakfast per person / night
Double room superior: EUR 84.00 incl. breakfast per person / night fully booked

Triple rooms and suites upon request

Payment methods


You can choose between bank transfer (you will get the bank account with the invoice) and credit card. No PayPal accepted. Please note: When paying via credit card a service fee of 2% will be added.


You can choose between PayPal and bank transfer (you will get the bank account with the invoice). No credit cards accepted. Please note: When paying via Paypal a service fee of 3% will be added.

Bookings and information:
International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians * Joachim Bekedorf * Burgstr. 7 * D-37073 Göttingen * phone. +49 551/4999333 * fax. +49 551/46043 * Email: *

This application is based on the tour program as presented. I certify for myself and for the persons named above that I am authorized to make this booking and I/we have read and agree to accept the booking conditions. We also agree to the general terms and conditions of extratour Göttingen Reisebüro GmbH. For the Budapest Marathon event there is a special cancellation policy.
Due to our group rate, there is a cancellation policy of 100% for the entry fee as well as the hotel booking. There will be no refund after booking / confirmation. We recommend that applicants take out insurance which covers cancellation fees (in case of sickness a doctor’s certificate will be required), and we will be happy to offer this service upon request. Please ask for insurance offers.

Schedule is subject to change.