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Budapest runway run

The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World

Bud: Runway Run logo

Each year, runners from airlines, airports and enterprises across the aviation community are invited to take part in the transport industry’s premier charity-sportive event, a 10km race on Budapest Airport’s 13R-31L runway.

Budapest Airport and have confirmed that in 2018, “The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World” – will take place at 11:00 on Saturday 1 September.

Racers at the start line

More than 1,000 runners entered the Budapest Runway Run 2017, which was generously sponsored and supported by Airbus and Qatar Airways. All entry fees were donated to Anthony Nolan and Hungary’s Suhanj! Foundation.

Comprising of three races – 10km, 5km, and 1km for children – the run is open to all individuals and teams in the aviation community, followed by a superb barbecue on the terrace of Budapest Airport’s historic former Terminal 1 overlooking the re-opened runway.

At the 2017 event, trophies were awarded to:

  • Fastest Airline Team: ‘The Fastest Airline in the World’: Wizz Air
  • Fastest Airline CEO: József Váradi
  • Fastest Airport Team: ‘The Fastest Airport in the World’: Wroclaw Airport
  • Media: ‘Fastest Media Team’: unofficially
  • Concessionaires: ‘Fastest Airport Concessionaire Team’: Heinemann Duty Free
  • Enterprises: ‘Fastest Aviation Enterprises Team’: Airbus

All participants in the race also receive the “Bron’s Medal,” named for Brontë “Bron” Hogan, the late-12 year-old daughter of Paul Hogan, the publisher of, race organiser and long-time supporter of Anthony Nolan. “I continue to be ever-grateful to Budapest Airport, Airbus, Qatar Airways and all 1,077 sportsmen and women from the airlines, airports and air transport community who stepped-up to take part on the day” says Paul.

We are incredibly proud to be involved with this fantastic event, which involves closing down an extremely active runway of a major European airport in order to raise lifesaving funds for Anthony Nolan.

“The hard work and support from all involved since the run began has been incredible, and we can’t thank everyone enough. The funds raised through this event make a huge difference in saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer” explains Jade Irons, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager at Anthony Nolan.

Speaking at race headquarters in the airport’s historic Terminal 1 after the 2017 event, Budapest Airport’s CEO, Jost Lammers effused: “Budapest Airport continues to be extremely proud to stage such a unique event in Europe, and one which successfully brings together the air transport community. Our annual sporting and fundraising event is a wonderful opportunity for us to support our benefitting charities, while those involved can also experience our superb airport and stunning city. Thank you to all who joined us.”