At Budapest’s premier autumn running event, in addition to the classic marathon distance, participants also had the option of running a 30 km event, in which they join the marathon runners at the 12-km post. Those preferring shorter distances had the choice of running 10 km, or running in a relay team. There was also a 5K mini-marathon, as well as extra-short, family-friendly distances of 500m and 2.3 km suitable even for small children, which they could complete either running or walking, and there was also a separate equal opportunity run for those living with disabilities.
Every faculty of the university, as well as numerous departments and organizational units were represented at the run, both in teams and as individuals. Most participants this year came from the faculties of medicine, health sciences, dentistry and the András Pető Faculty, but there were students and staff from many other departments, such as among others the pediatric departments, urology, the Városmajor Heart and Vascular Center, anatomy, and various administrative units as well. The most popular distance among university participants was the 5K run, with 50 people running in the event, while eight people ran the full 42K marathon.
There were also various university teams taking part in the event, including two teams from the Faculty of Dentistry in the relay marathon. The faculty’s dean Dr. Gábor Gerber took part in the marathon as well, finishing with a time of 3:56:33, while Dr. Máté Jász closed with 3:04:05, which gave him second place in the doctor’s marathon event.
A team from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy competed in the marathon relay, with several other unit workers running in individual events. A 2×4-member team from the Városmajor Heart and Vascular Center included doctors, health care workers, medical students as well as operated patients, running the marathon together.
Small children of university workers also took part in the sports event, running in the family and fun run distances, while older children were represented by the Conductive Training School of the András Pető Faculty, some of whom completed the 5K distance using adaptive bicycles. 20 people took part in the FODISZ disability run of 500m organized specially for children with disabilities.
Translation: Tamás Deme
Photo: Zoltán Adrián; participating university units