Bucharest Half Marathon - 5K RACE 2021

On 4th September 2021, OMV Petrom organizes a half marathon, where the participants have to run 5 km. The event location is Izvor Park and the race will start at 10:45 pm.

The participants will have to be there earlier to fill out the form and to be briefed on the marathon route and the latest changes. People who love running are welcomed at this event to test their limits. It is a fun, healthy and interactive event. Not only you will have a chance to prove that you can run 5 km, but also you can win some attractive prizes:

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Prizes OMV Petrom Bucharest Half Marathon 2021

1st prize – Gold Nutrition package – 3 months World Class Gold membership

2nd prize - Gold Nutrition package – 1 month World Class Gold membership

3rd prize - Gold Nutrition package – 2 weeks World Class Gold membership

4th prize - Gold Nutrition package

5th prize - Gold Nutrition package

Rules to participate at Bucharest Half Marathon

At OMV Petrom Bucharest HALF MARATHON (September 4th-5th), all runners will have access - both vaccinated and unvaccinated, who are either tested negative or present proof of recovery from Covid.

Bucharest RUNNING CLUB announces that in line with the announcement of the authorities and an analysis of the current situation, together with the partners and decision-makers involved in the organization process, all runners who will prove registration and can provide proof of immunity as follows will be allowed access to the event:

- European COVID digital certificate - Vaccination Certificate for persons vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 virus, for which 10 days have passed since the completion of the complete vaccination schedule;


- European COVID digital certificate -Recovery Certificate for the period between the 15th and 180th day following confirmation with SARS-COV-2.

Unvaccinated persons will also have access to the Bucharest HALF MARATHON

Bucharest RUNNING CLUB will cover the costs for the rapid antigen tests so all those interested in the event will have access.

About Izvor Park

Izvor Park is located on the south bank of the Dâmbovița River and offers views of the Parliament Palace. Izvor Park seems to be a newly constructed facility considering that it is one of the most recent parks. Under the “communist systematization” program, a large portion of the historical center that was destroyed during the dictatorship, including medieval structures and bronze-age treasures, was demolished to make way for the construction of a large conference hall, which was never built. 

Izvor Park is a good option for those who want to go for a walk in nature. You have a lot of cafes and restaurants from where you can choose. Izvor Park is a suitable place for those who want to run. It is open 24h every day and you can go there and train for the marathon. 

Getting to Bucharest

By Plane

There are currently two functional airports in Bucharest: Henri Coandă International Airport(originally “Otopeni”) and Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (initially “Băneasa”). Henri Coandă is the largest airport in Romania and the main center for the national operator TAROM. From here, daily flights depart and arrive from other cities in Romania as well as numerous other airports in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

By Train

Bucharest is the main railway hub of the national company Căile Ferate Române (CFR). The most important railway station is Gara de Nord, from where daily trains leave and arrive from various Romanian localities, as well as from European cities, including Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, Austria, Russia, Belarus and others.

By Coach

Coach remains one of the most popular ways to travel to Bucharest. Local carriers provide a vast network of routes across Europe.

By Car

Bucharest is accessible via European routes E60, E70, E81 and E85. If you plan to travel to Bucharest by car. Izvor Park is located on the south bank of the Dâmbovița River and you have plenty of parking places.

Transport in Bucharest

Public Transport

Bucharest has the largest public transport network in Romania and among the largest public transport networks in Europe, as it serves more than 2 million inhabitants.

The public transport system in Bucharest is composed of the 77 km metro system and the surface transport network - buses (120 lines), trolleybuses (15 lines) and trams (24 lines).

Several express bus lines connect the airport to Bucharest’s city center. It’s slower than going by taxi, but it’s certainly the best option for those travelling on a budget. Express line 780 takes you to Gara de Nord, the main railway station. Line 783 goes to Unirii Square in the city centre with an approximate journey time of 40 – 60 minutes. Tickets are not available on the bus, so make sure you buy them at the booths just outside of the terminal buildings.

Taxis & Ridesharing

Ride-sharing apps like Uber, Bolt and Yango are well-established in Bucharest and represent a good alternative to taxis.

You can read more about public transport in Bucharest here.

Also, there are a lot of possibilities for e-mobility transport. From CityLink to Lime, you have many options to choose from. Read more about e-mobility options in Bucharest here.

Accommodation in Bucharest

Bucharest is a budget-friendly destination, with lots of affordable options. Many of the major international hotel chains have establishments in Bucharest, but there are plenty of independent, cheaper options, from hostels to pensions.

Before booking, be sure to read up on the accommodation’s policy. For a better experience, pay attention to the following:

  • Adding an extra guest to your accommodation may result in additional costs. Be sure to know the final number of people staying before you confirm your booking.
  • For smooth travel, be aware of your accommodation’s check-in and check-out policies.
  • Room prices may vary depending on city/VAT taxes. Extra bedding, towels, accommodation activities and facilities may also occur additional costs.
  • Double-check if your accommodation properties accept credit cards, require a deposit or an upfront payment.

The prices for Bucharest accommodation are (prices depend on the period in which the reservation is made, the number of days in advance, the events that take place) :

  • Hostels: from €7 / night
  • Hotels: from €40 / night
  • Apartments: from €30 / night
  • Luxury hotels: from €190 / night

Depending on your preferences, you will find accommodation in Bucharest for all pockets and for all tastes. Whether you want to stay near the airport or the stadium, or maybe you want to stay in the city center to enjoy the nightlife of Bucharest, you will find hotels that meet your needs. Just make the bookings in advance!

What to do in Bucharest

Pandemic situation in Bucharest

If you want to stay updated with the pandemic situation in Bucharest, follow the link below. You will find accurate information, updated daily.

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