Runway Run Held for the 10th Time


Photo by Budapest Airport/Róbert Baranyi

Runway Run, Budapest Airport’s charity running race, was organized for the 10th time on Saturday, with runners taking over the closed Runway I of Ferenc Liszt International Airport, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The airport operator will again donate proceeds from the invitation-only race, which will amount to several million forints, to charity this year, partly to the Suhanj! Foundation, which promotes integrated sport for people with disabilities, and partly to the British Anthony Nolan foundation, which helps patients suffering from blood cancer.

This time, the event was held in the sunset, with 1,024 participants lining up at the start. The race brought together Budapest Airport’s aviation specialists and invited partners, representatives of the aviation industry, other major international companies, authorities, and athletes from the Suhanj! Foundation.

Attila Katus, personal trainer, world and European champion athlete was on hand to assist in the warm-up, before the runners started their chosen distance on Runway I at 5:30 p.m., in the light of the setting sun.

Adult competitors had a choice of 5 or 10 kilometers, whilst children aged 6 to 15 had an opportunity to test themselves at a distance of 1.5 kilometers. In the individual event, Gabriella Gelencsér was the fastest woman (00:20:45) and Balázs Csuka triumphed in the men’s race (00:17:42) over 5 kilometers, with Anna Votin finishing first among women (00:42:04) and Petrus Oleksandr taking top spot in the men’s field (00:36:20) over 10 kilometers.

The fastest visually impaired, handcycle and running chair athletes, Tibor Osbáth (00:46:55 over 10 kilometers), László Schober (00:27:36 over 10 kilometers) and Dubóczki Sarolta (00:50:55 over 10 kilometers) respectively, also won awards.

The Runway Run was also open to corporate teams. The category winners:
Aviation business services: KPMG
Airport concessionaire team: SSP
Airport authority: National Tax and Customs Office
Airline team: Czech Airlines
Airport team: Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport's partners supporting the 10th Runway Run were Airbus, Celebi, Credit Express, Heinemann, KPMG, Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Technik, Nutri8, PWC, SITA, Smarteq, SSP, Turkish Cargo, and Z&Z.

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