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Budapest Urban Games Kicks Off on Saturday

Hungary Today 2019.08.26.

This coming Saturday will see the 4th edition of Budapest Urban Games (BUG), where participants have the chance to try six sports in a special, urban environment.

The most exciting event perhaps is that people now have the chance to swim across the Danube in the city. To date, 650 people applied to complete the 470m-long distance between Corvinus University and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). During the event, boat traffic will be halted, and reportedly Olympic champion Dániel Gyurta, one of BUG’s faces, will also have a go, while at the finish, Katinka Hosszú will welcome participants.

This year’s edition’s new sport, wall climbing, will be held in the Castle where participants can also meet Balázs Baji, World Championships bronze medalist in sprint hurdling. Downtown, at Klauzál square, will be host to street football and streetball tournaments, and runners and laser runners are invited to the Citadella.

The event is still free for everyone, a registration (and medical certificate for swimmers) is, however, required.

Budapest Urban Games’ aim is to build communities and to invite and encourage city-dwellers to “build and use the city for sports” as “gyms are not the only places to work out.” In addition, between the 13th and 15th of September, Budapest will host the first ever World Urban Games.

images: Budapest Urban Games