The 8th Budapest Airport – Runway Run raises nearly €20,000 for charity

The eighth BUD - Runway Run raises nearly €20,000 for charity

The unique experience of running on Budapest Airport’s Runway 13R-31L continued despite difficult times for all! Standing by tradition and wanting to boost morale, fitness, and donations, the Runway Run team hosted the best air transport sportive for the eighth consecutive year.

Hard work, energy, commitment, creativity, and planning meant that, while a lot of things have been different this year, one thing wouldn’t be: the Budapest Airport – Runway Run.

Travel restrictions and exceptional safety limitations weren’t going to stop the organisers hosting what has become known as the air transport industry’s premier charity-sportive, especially as tradition and donations are needed more than ever.

Regardless of the challenging times, 578 runners literally raced down the runway in support of the worthwhile charities the event has championed since 2013.

As donations still come in, the current total raised this year has been calculated at nearly €20,000, all of which will go directly to the Hungarian SUHANJ! Foundation and the international Anthony Nolan Foundation – an exceptional gift during a worldwide pandemic.

The eighth BUD - Runway Run raises nearly €20,000 for charity

Previous winners Wizz Air and Heinemann Duty Free reclaimed their podium places last weekend as 578 runners took part in the annual air transport industry’s premier charity-sportive in order to raise much-needed funds for the run’s chosen charities: SUHANJ! Foundation and Anthony Nolan.

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While some things were different – runners wearing masks in the Race Centre of Terminal 1, a large number of hand-sanitising stations, extra registration desks, and a great emphasis on social distancing – a many features remained the same thanks to many local management representatives taking part.

As home-based airline Wizz Air took the first-place podium, competition entries were also fielded by Air Europa, Air France – KLM, ASL Airlines, Cargolux, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates, LOT Polish Airlines, Sunday Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Nordica, and Xiamen Airlines.

Having last won in 2017, Heinemann Duty Free proudly reclaimed the ‘Fastest Concessionaire’ title while KÉSZ Zrt took home the trophy for ‘Fastest Aviation Business Partner’.

Numerous other aviation-related enterprises united together to witness the success of another run including Avialliance, Çelebi Aivation, HungaroControl, Jet Travel, KPMG, Lufhthansa Technik, SITA, UPS, R-Bag, and Nippon Express.

The eighth BUD - Runway Run raises nearly €20,000 for charity

Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport, once again takes to the runway. And although we’ve not been privy to his finishing time this year, we congratulate him and his team on the success of the run during these unprecedented times.

The eighth BUD - Runway Run raises nearly €20,000 for charity

A final big thank you to the sponsors. With all entry fees donated to worthwhile causes, the competition also draws on the kind and generous support of its closely-held partners. As such, a huge thank you needs to go to this year’s charitable sponsors: main partner Lufthansa Technik, alongside BFTK, Çelebi, Heinemann, KPMG, Primavera, SITA, Smarteq, SSP Hungary, ZAX, and Z&Z.


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