28th Spar Budapest International Marathon 
13th October 2013 SPAR Budapest Marathon for the 28th time.
Run an AIMS certified marathon in Budapest, in the capital of Hungary!
Distances: 42 km, unique 30 km, relay for 4 runners, minimarathon (7,5 km), fun run (3,5 km).

28th Spar Budapest International Marathon

13th October 2013 SPAR Budapest Marathon for the 28th time.
Run an AIMS certified marathon in Budapest, in the capital of Hungary!
Distances: 42 km, unique 30 km, relay for 4 runners, minimarathon (7,5 km), fun run (3,5 km).

More than 4300 runners only on the marathon distance, almost half of them coming from abroad, from more than 60 different countries. There is no doubt, that this is a real international event on one hand, while still a middle sized marathon catering for individual needs on the other! The course is not overcrowded but you won't feel alone on the route either.

A scenic course leads through the most beautiful parts of Budapest, past buildings which are part of the World Heritage!
Come and admire the panorama of the capital from both banks of the river Danube, see the bridges over the river while you run either when crossing them or when running under them!
Budapest is waiting for you!

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13 Reasons to Run a Half Marathon 

The half marathon (13.1 miles) is one of the fastest growing race distances, with new races popping up all over the world. If you've been on the fence about whether you should run a half marathon, here are 13 reasons to give the distance a try:

1. You'll stay motivated to run.
While some runners can race a short distance like a 5K with little or no training, most would have a tough time trying to get through a half marathon with no preparation. So having a half marathon on your calendar will keep you motivated to stick to your training schedule. On days when your motivation is suffering, you'll think about how you'll feel if you have to back out of the race or if you try to run it completely undertrained.

2. You'll burn a lot of calories.
Training for a half marathon requires logging a lot of miles, which will turn you into a calorie-burning machine. Of course, you need to make sure that you're not overcompensating for those lost calories by going overboard at post-run meals, especially if you're hoping to lose weight by running.

3. You'll experience lots of health benefits.

Beyond helping you to lose or maintain weight, there are lots of other health benefits of half marathon training. Running will strengthen your heart and ensure the efficient flow of blood and oxygen throughout your body, which helps decrease your risk of a heart attack. Exercise is one of the best ways to naturally reduce your blood pressure if it's above normal and it can help keep high cholesterol in check. Running also improves your immune system, so your body functions are more effective and efficient at fighting off germs.

4. You'll have a lifetime of bragging rights.
While the half marathon distance is growing in popularity, the number of people who've completed a half marathon is still very small. Once you cross that half marathon finish line, you'll be joining an elite group of runners who can call themselves a half marathoner.

5. You'll discover new running routes.
If you typically stick to shorter distances for running and racing, training for a half marathon will force you to find new places to run, since you'll be doing a long run every week. Check out MapMyRun.com or ask local runners for suggestions on where to run.

6. Your training will have more structure.
If you're the type of person who likes to follow a schedule, you'll love training for a half marathon. Every day you'll look at your training schedule to see what you need to do, whether it's running, cross-training, or taking a complete rest day. Each week, you'll add a little more distance, so you'll really feel like you're making progress toward your half marathon goal.

7. You're less likely to get injured than if you trained for a full marathon.

Runners training for a marathon log a lot of miles, putting them at greater risk for overtraining-related and overuse injuries than those training for a half marathon. Because the mileage demands are not as high as they are with full marathon training, you're more likely to give yourself a rest day when you're starting to feel a little pain, which can often prevent a full-blown running injury.

8. It's not as time-consuming as training for a marathon.

Running fewer miles in training also means that you won't feel like your training is a part-time job, which is how some runners feel about marathon training. Many runners find that half marathon training still allows them to have a nice balance between their training and their work and personal lives. And if you do have aspirations to run a full marathon, it's a good way to test the waters and see if you want to take on that challenge.

9. You'll meet other runners.
Some running groups or clubs offer half marathon training, so you can train with a group. At the race, you'll have plenty of opportunities to meet other runners, whether it's waiting on line at the porta-potties, standing at the starting line, running in the race, or celebrating post-race.

10. You can support a cause.
Many half marathons benefit charities and worthwhile causes, from disaster relief to fighting cancer or other diseases. Running for something that's bigger than you is a great way to stay motivated to keep training, meet other runners to train with, and can make your races even more meaningful.

11. You'll get a medal (and a shirt).
OK, so maybe the idea of getting a finishing medal doesn't get you too excited but -- whether it's a medal, a shirt, or a great finishing photo -- the point is that you'll get a little reward for your efforts. And having a reminder of your accomplishment is always great for a motivation boost. Many half marathons offer decent swag, like a technical running shirt, and have race expos where you can pick up some running gear freebies and samples.

12. You can travel to new destinations.
If you love to travel, running a half marathon is a great excuse to visit a new city or country. You'll get to see a lot of the local area in the race, and, unlike marathon running, you won't be too sore and tired that can't take in some more local attractions post-race. Many half marathons get discounted rates on hotel rooms and other travel expenses, so you may even save some bucks.

13. You can spend time with family and friends.
Many runners have discovered their love of the half marathon distance after being convinced by a friend or family member to sign up for their first one. Whether you train or travel to the race together, you'll get to spend time with one another and bond in your pursuit of a common goal.
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Why don't black people run marathons? 
African runners may dominate the elite field, but at mass participation level it is rare to see a black runner. Why is this and what can be done to change it?

In 1980, just 11% of marathon finishers in America were women; last year it was 42%. For half-marathon runners, women are now in the majority (approximately 60%). While those stats are for American runners only, I suspect that the trend is mirrored only here in Italy! The number of women taking part in distance running has grown beyond recognition since large participatory marathons started in the 70s and 80s. And let's not forget, it wasn't until 1984 that women were even allowed to run the marathon at the Olympics.

But while the gender barrier seems to be tumbling, there seems to be another when it comes to distance racing: black people do not run marathons.

This is all the more surprising considering that nearly all the top marathon runners, both male and female, are African. The one statistic I have found, from Running USA's biannual National Runner Survey, reveals that only 1.6% of marathon runners in America are African-American, compared with 90% Caucasian, 5.1% Hispanic and 3.9% Asian/Pacific Islander). It is an "opt-in" survey, and so there might be some skewing of results depending on who decides to self-report, but it is the largest national survey of its kind, surveying nearly 12,000 respondents between January and May 2011.

It definitely chimes with my own personal experience: I have run two marathons and several smaller distances in the past year, and I would be surprised if even 1% of my fellow runners were black. This includes the Rio de Janeiro marathon a city with a sizable non-white population.

I am consistently one of only a handful of black people at races, and when I read running blogs and running magazines they are clearly aimed at a well-heeled, middle-class, white demographic. The question is: why? Why aren't more black people running marathons, half marathons or even 5k fun runs? The barriers to entry are incredibly low. In fact, you could argue that running is the cheapest sport to start, needing only a pair of running shoes, shorts and T-shirt.

I've never experienced any racism (overt or otherwise) from my fellow runners. The lack of black runners is definitely not equivalent to the lack of female participation 30 years ago, when the sexism was often overt and crude.

I think the barriers are cultural and self-perpetuating. Black people don't run marathons because they don't see people like them at running clubs where they train. Where there are running clubs that make a conscious effort to attract a multicultural membership, such as the Run Dem Crew, organised by a black person, black people are disproportionately represented.

Another problem is that black people are often portrayed, and marketed to, as elite athletes. A lot of black people buy into the stereotypes, so it takes a shift in perception to understand that taking part in a race has almost nothing to do with the position you finish or the time you complete it in. This is a way of taking part in sports that has previously not been marketed towards black people. You are definitely not trying to "Be Like Mike" or any other great sports personality when you are running a marathon, you are just trying to be better than the person you were yesterday and the day before that.

But black people do want to run. Every black friend I have tells me how they want to run but always have a reason why they can't (an old sports injury, lack of free time). Running and all the sports we do have a huge cultural dynamic: why pick cricket over basketball? Or basketball over football? Or even chess over poker?

I believe that black participation in running is a sleeping giant. Right now, participation might be only 1%, but given the right running clubs and the right races that could easily change and hopefully it will.
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