Marathons in the time of Covid-19. 9000 runners in Budapest

 Marathons in the time of Covid-19. 9000 runners in Budapest

They called them the “surviving marathons“. Those that have been held so far despite the Covid-19 pandemic despite the necessary health precautions. Among these is the Budapest marathon in Hungary, which took place after the government decreed the end of the state of emergency last June. So, a few months late, the sports season has begun-

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On the banks of the Danube, the coronavirus epidemic or bad weather stopped the runners. 9000 professional or amateur marathoners who attended the most important running event of the year.

Marathons and safety measures

All running and trying to keep the distance. There are those who had their personal bottle of water and vitamins, and those who had hand sanitizer gel. A basic rule against the virus. “We measured the temperature of everyone who showed up for the marathon”, said Árpád Kocsis, Head of the organization. “I know it sounds strange but all marathon runners had to wear goggles before the start and after the finish. In the refreshment points everything was sealed, no one could touch anything. This is also the first year in which we have not put the medals around our necks to the winners but have delivered them by hand,”

Sport: help to beat the virus

An unusual but still festive atmosphere. Among the participants, many professional athletes such as the famous handball player László Nagy. The Hungarian long distance runner Gáspár Csere won the 2020 Budapest Marathon, the first since confinement: “I am happy to be able to finish in less than 2 hours and 20 minutes, said the athlete. This is my best result since the 2002 marathon. “

Meanwhile, while the infections do not stop, sportsmen remember that playing sports is always healthy. Just be very careful.


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