Running for peace in Budapest

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Running for peace in Budapest

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The Budapest Marathon took place on Sunday and the 28th edition of race had a special feel to it.

As part of a Unicef effort to promote brotherhood, peace and understanding a 14-year-old Israeli boy and a 9-year-old Palestinian boy ran hand-in-hand across the iconic Chain Bridge as part of a children’s relay marathon.

But the race was also used to help encourage healthy people with disabilities to take part. Several blind runners and their guide runners as well as many others with physical and mental handicaps also partook in the day’s action.

Students from Budapest’s Music Academy were on hand to encourage competitors at the city’s Western Square as were members of the Hungarian State Opera House who bellowed out the songs in support as participants ran past.

Although the mini-marathons, fun runs and the children’s relay to promote peace and raise awareness of disabilities stole the limelight, there was a 42 kilometre marathon to race for the elite runners and Hungary’s Gábor Józsa took top honours for the second year in a row winning in a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 58 seconds.