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02 September 2020, 10am

Race director Árpád Kocsis sketches effects of the pandemic in Hungary

Budapest battles on

35th Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon
Sun 6 September 2020

As race director I managed to survive – but we are lucky here in Hungary. Since July we have been able to organise events without any participation limit. So we have run four postponed events – although the participation is 40–60% down on last year.

We have designed our own virtual race software and we have already organised four virtual events with 13.000 entries. We plan to do more. I am sure that in future we will have to combine real and virtual events.

This first weekend in September we will hold the Budapest Halfmarathon. Our national border is closed so there will be no foreign runners (apart from those who are resident here). We hope to get 8000 runners – although last year we had 15,000.

This period is a big struggle for us but we will win – as marathon runners.

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