Budapest Airport Runway Run 9.0 is on!

Budapest Airport and maintained the great tradition of its unique aviation charity race down the Hungarian gateway’s runway last year, despite the global pandemic. Thanks to the dedicated support of nearly 600 runners, the event raised an impressive €20,000 during tough times for all.

Get Training and Get Involved! Budapest Runway Run is back, Saturday 18 September 2021

As Anthony Nolan’s Organisational Fundraiser of the Year 2020, Budapest Airport and have confirmed this year’s air transport industry charity-sportive event will take place on Saturday 18 September 2021 on Budapest Airport’s 13R-31L runway.

Having raised a cumulative €220,000 for charity since 2013, the proceeds of this year’s run will once again be shared between Hungarian disability group SUHANJ! Foundation and international blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan. With all entry fees donated to the chosen charities, runners from airlines, airports and enterprises across the aviation community will be invited to join teams from various prestigious companies and athletes from the SUHANJ! Foundation, in the race which will comprise of two running distances – 10km (four runway lengths) and 5km.

Chris Dinsdale, CEO Budapest Airport, comments: “In addition to running together in a unique environment, on an airport runway, participants will also support several good causes. We at Budapest Airport believe that social responsibility is important, so it is a great pleasure for us to join forces for the aims represented by the SUHANJ! Foundation and Anthony Nolan, for the ninth year in a row. We see it as a crucial role to continue our fundraising and look forward to welcoming all our loyal supporters, as well as new runners, to our annual run this year.”

Thanks to the huge efforts of Budapest Airport’s organising team and dedicated sponsors – Airbus, Qatar, Mercedes, SSP, SITA, and KPMG to name just a few – Budapest Runway Run has raised a cumulative €220,000 for charity since 2013.

Keep calm and carry on running…

Despite the difficulties the pandemic has raised for all in the aviation community and societies worldwide, the key priority is to continue to support noble causes, even more so during testing times. By adapting race conditions, and meeting safety and security regulations, the airport will once again host the unique run as the only major, and totally-connected, European airport able to commit to the closure of a runway in daylight hours on a Saturday. publisher Paul Hogan, a fanatical runner with 14 marathons to his name, began the partnership with Budapest Airport in honour of his daughter Brontë, or ‘Bron’, who was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was eight years old. Anthony Nolan found her a matching stem cell donor in Houston, TX, however she sadly passed away in 2011 at just 12 years old: “This is a superb annual meeting place for the air transport community, and a run which obviously has great meaning to me on a personal level. To be able to continue to host the run, when many others have been unable to, is a huge credit to the airport, the organising team, and of course the loyal supporters who recognise the importance of this event.”

All entry fees for this year’s Runway Run will once again be shared between the SUHANJ! Foundation and Anthony Nolan. Runners from across the aviation community, prestigious companies and athletes will be invited to join the race which comprises of two running distances – 10km (four runway lengths) and 5km.

Watch this space – our invitation will be sent soon! If you can’t wait that long and want to secure your place now, email us and we’ll make sure you’re first on the list: 

Spaces are limited due to obvious security and safety reasons – don’t miss out on being part of the ninth Budapest Runway Run.


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