Gábor Rakonczay to make Danube record attempt

Yettel invites legendary extreme athlete to cross the Hungarian stretch of the Danube in record time

Gábor Rakonczay, two-time Guinness World Record holder and multiple ocean-crossing seaman, who has been to Greenland and Antarctica, regularly undertakes extreme challenges of several hundreds of kilometres. He has already crossed Hungary running twice, and will now paddle through the Hungarian stretch of the Danube in a single kayak between 17 and 19 February 2023. He plans to complete the 4-day trip in 48 hours, paddling day and night, setting a new verified record for this section of the river.

Yettel x Rakonczay Danube stream

The inspiration for the challenge which has later turned into a record attempt came from the character of the Danube boat captain in Yettel’s recent commercial. This figure gave the mobile operator the idea to reach out to Gábor Rakonczay and invite him for the challenge. After several weeks of planning, the trip will start from the village of Dunakiliti this Friday, 17 February 2023, at 2:00 p.m. The extreme athlete is expected to pass through Budapest at 11 a.m. on 18 February, Saturday and arrive in Mohács at midday on 19 February, where the “Busó walking” will be taking place at that time.

“Crossing the ocean requires weeks of endurance. Compared to that, the capricious Danube, the weather conditions in February and the planned time frame will be an ultra paddling challenge requiring some serious concentration. I am really looking forward to it. Some people have said that this is a mission impossible, but I think the limits of what you can achieve lie where you draw them,” said Gábor Rakonczay about the challenge.

You can follow Gábor’s journey on the Danube using a tracker on the website maraboo.run: https://maraboo.run/versenyek/99-yettel-x-rakonczay-dunastream. Regular check-ins are also expected on Yettel’s Instagram channel: https://www.instagram.com/yettelhungary/
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Gábor Rakonczay and Yettel will be waiting for fans and encouragement from the riverbank, bridges and even on the water at any point of the journey. On the Budapest leg, anyone can join the record attempt with the support of the Explorers team preparing Gábor Rakonczay for the mission. You can register for paddling together with Gábor between Római part and Kopaszi-gát for approximately 2 hours here: https://felfedezok.hu/2023-02-18-yettel-x-rakonczay-duna.../