Balaton Supermarathon, Half Balaton Supermarathon, and Relay

This is preliminary race info.
Year specific details, such as opening times and locations, will be posted 2 weeks before the race.
BSI reserves the right to change the route, program, and date of the event.

Date & location

Date: 22-25, March 2018
Start/Finish: around Lake Balaton

1st day start: Siófok, Hotel Magistern
1st day finish: Fonyód, railway station
2nd day start: Fonyód, railway station*
2nd day finish: Szigliget, car park under the castle
3rd day start: Badacsony, MOL petrol station*
3rd day finish: Balatonfüred, Horgász köz
4th day start: Balatonfüred, Horgász köz*
4th day finish: Siófok, Hotel Magistern

* Based on the previous day’s results the participants start in pairs every 2-3 seconds. The start list will be placed near the start stage and the speaker will call the participants. Runners, who finish within 15 minutes of the time limit the previous day, will start 30 minutes before the field the next day. Organizers will be in contact with details at the finish line.

Distances

Lake Balaton Supermarathon

You can run around Lake Balaton in 4 days as an individual. The expected distance is 196 km in sections between 48 km and 53 km.

Lake Balaton Supermarathon relay for 2, 3, or 4

Each day the course is divided into three legs. Teams of two, three, or four people can divide the legs freely however exchange is only permitted in the designated zones.
For the length of each leg refer to the course description.
Individual entrants may also run the first relay leg as a member of a relay team.

Half Lake Balaton Supermarathon

Run around the half of the lake. Compete on Saturday and Sunday and run 94.9 km in two sections.

Half Lake Balaton Supermarathon relay for 2 or 3

Each day the course is divided into three legs. Teams of two, three, or four people can divide the legs freely however exchange is only permitted in the designated zones.
For the length of each leg refer to the course description of the 3rd and 4th day.
Individual entrants may also run the first relay leg as a member of a relay team.

Course

The distance of the 11th Lake Balaton Supermarathon is to be 196 km and the 11th Half Lake Balaton Supermarathon to be 94.9 km.

ATTENTION: These are planned distances for each section. Small deviations are possible. The final length will be published 2 weeks prior the race!
The length of the stages is subject to change due to road construction works and other issues.

Sections and relay exchange stations:

1st day: Siófok – Fonyód 48.2 km
Section 1 Siófok – Szántód 15.8 km
Section 2: Szántód – Balatonszemes 16.1 km
Section 3: Balatonszemes – Fonyód 16.3 km
2nd day: Fonyód – Szigliget 52.9 km
Section 1: Fonyód – Balatonmáriafürdő 16.1 km
Section 2: Balatonmáriafürdő – Keszthely 15.6 km
Section 3: Keszthely- Szigliget 21.2 km
3rd day: Badacsony – Balatonfüred 42.5 km
Section 1: Badacsony – Révfülöp 14.1 km
Section 2: Révfülöp – Fövenyes 17 km
Section 3: Fövenyes – Balatonfüred 11.4 km
4th day: Balatonfüred – Siófok 49.7 km
Section 1: Balatonfüred – Balatonalmádi 14.6 km
Section 2: Balatonalmádi – Balatonakarattya 20.1 km
Section 3: Balatonakarattya – Siófok 15 km

Race center & bib pick-up

Race center:

The race center will open on March 21nd (Wednesday) late afternoon in the Hotel Magistern, Siófok.
Each race day the race center will be open next to the start and finish areas for several hours to handle any requests, issues, questions.

Specific locations and opening times will be published two weeks prior the race.

Bib pick-up:

In the race center (Siófok, Hotel Magister) on March 21nd late afternoon or March 22rd morning.

How to wear your bib:

Individual entrants running the 4-day race will be given one bib, which must be worn on your chest and must be clearly visible.

Relay team members will be given two types of bibs:

  • RELAY bib: you have to wear it on your waist with the help of a rubber band and it must be clearly visible. You have to exchange this with the runner of the next leg.
  • INDIVIDUAL bib: you have to wear this race number on the front, and it must be clearly visible during the whole race.

Changing rooms, cloakrooms, toilets

Changing room:

Facilities will be provided each day at start and finish areas in nearby buildings or tents. At the relay exchange stations changing rooms are set up in tents every day.

Cloakroom:

Individual entrants will be able to drop-off their baggage at the start area and these will be transported to the finish area.
There are no cloakrooms at the relay exchange stations. Team members must transport all belongings for themselves.

Toilets:

Portable toilets will be positioned at the start and finish area, at the refreshment stations and relay exchange stations.

Refreshment stations

Refreshment stations will be set up at the start and finish areas, and at the relay exchange zones. Additionally, each leg includes one or two stations, depending on length. As a result there will be 8 to 12 refreshment stations each day.

Refreshment for individual runners include water, sport drinks, glucose tablets, dried fruit, beer, coke, fruit, chips, chocolate, cereal bar, salt, bread, magnesium, calcium, tissues, toilet paper, and plasters.
Individual runners can have their own refreshments sent to any station.

Relay members can refresh with water, sport drinks, glucose tablets, magnesium, calcium, tissues, toilet paper, and plasters.

Personalize your finisher medal

Erembetet_altalanos_ENOrder your medal insert engraved with your name and your result!
By doing this you can skip the long queues and you don’t have to bother with cash. Buy it online and after the event we will send you the medal insert engraved with your name and time that fits neatly into the back of your finisher medal.
We will engrave your name and time on a small stick-on metal card. We will send it to your postal address and when you get it you can easily stick it onto the back of your medal and your unique medal is ready!
The medal insert can be ordered prior the race online at the entry.budapestmarathon.com website.
The personal medal insert can only be ordered for individual runners, not teams.
The price of the medal insert with shipping and handling (to a foreign address) is 6 €.

 

Limits

Time limits:

1st day: 6 hours 2 minutes
2nd day: 6 hours 53 minutes
3rd day: 5 hours 25 minutes
4th day: for individual entrants: 6 hours 50 minutes; for teams: 6 hours 16 minutes
If an entrant does not reach the finish line within the time limit of that day, they can start the race the next day, but their names will appear in the list of results without any ranking, only their total time and the distance they have covered will be shown.

Age limit:

By race day, individual entrants must be 18 or older (born before 24 March, 2000).
By race day, relay team and team members must be 12 or older (born before 24 March, 2006).


Timing

All the events will be chip timed.

Results

Daily results are hanged in the lobby of the official race accommodations as well as in the start area next day.
Additionally, the full list of results will be published online here.

Massage

Individual runners will have the chance to take advantage of an approximately 15 minutes massage daily after finishing. Free massages are available for runners who present their start numbers.

Relay members may massage for a small fee. Priority is given to individual runners.

Organization of the race

The course is marked on the cycle path around Lake Balaton and – especially on the southern shore – on (usually bicycle-friendly) roads with little traffic. When it is necessary because of the course, (at railway level crossings and when you have to cross Road 71) there will be race marshals or policemen to direct traffic. Otherwise entrants should try to run responsibly and they have to comply with the rules of the Highway Code and pay attention to others.If you need further information about Hungarian traffic laws please talk to our staff in the race center.
Any team member can run any of the sections but they can only hand off the relay race number to the next runner in the relay exchange areas.
There will be changing rooms and refreshment at relay exchange stations for team members.
There will be refreshment stations on the course between relay exchange stations, usually 2 stations, or 1 in case of shorter sections, but team members can also hand over individual refreshments to the running member of the team at refreshment stations.
We can only accept the registration of those 2-person relay teams and 3-4 person relay teams who can take the team members to relay exchange points themselves!
Runners are recommended to take their mobile phones with them on the course.


Additional information

Due to the nature of the course and higher risk of incidents hand-bikers are not allowed to participate in the race.
As the course is marked on a cycle path or bicycle-friendly roads where THERE IS some traffic, it is not recommended to wear earphones plugged into both ears for your own safety.
Participants are only permitted to run with someone on a bike or on roller-skates from the 1st hydration station each day. Anyone who tries to do it earlier can get a 10-minute time penalty.
Any commercial or promotional activity should be permitted by BSI in advance, in a manner determined by BSI.
BSI reserves the right to limit the number of participants and close registration at any time.
BSI reserves the right to change the route and the date of the event.