From the first marathon in May 1995, the city of Prague has been one of the most desirable running destinations in Europe, attracting thousands of enthusiasts from around the globe willing to experience Prague’s charm from a slightly different angle – whilst running.

 

Hervis Prague Half Marathon on 31st March is the biggest running event of the Runczech.com circuit. This year it has been ranked among the TOP TEN Classic Races, together with the world’s greatest marathons such as New York, Boston, Chicago and Berlin (Women’s Running magazine UK).

Starting in Prague’s historical centre the race course leads alongside the river Vltava giving the opportunity to enjoy some of the most visited sites of Prague -: the famous Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Rudolfinum Concert Hall, Jewish Quarter and others. Besides being picturesque, the half marathon course is also recognized as one of the fastest in the world after both the men’s and women’s records were smashed in 2011.

 

Around 11, 000 runners are expected to start in the event this year.

 

Organizers are encouraging people to register early in order to assure their place before entries close.

 

Volkswagen Prague Half Marathon on 13th May is the second race of the Runczech.com running circuit and the most famous one. Today it attracts over more than 9500 runners from 89 countries and is recognized as one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world.

 

Starting and finishing in the Old Town Square, just under the astronomical clock, the course leads through the different neighbourhoods of this historical city. Even though the full marathon distance is demanding, the time limit of seven hours allows slower runners and beginners to participate as well.

 

The running season in 2012 in Prague will be quite significant to the world of running as the Prague International Marathon team, besides organizing the main races in Prague, will also host the 19th World Congress of AIMS which will bring together more than 100 race representatives from all around the globe.

 

A rather symbolic meaning is added to the Congress as it will be 60 years since Czech legend Emil Zátopek won three gold medals at the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952. A special exhibition honouring this Czech long-distance runner will take place at the marathon Sport Expo from 10th-12th May.

Next event dates:

31 March 2012: Hervis Prague Half Marathon

13 May 2012: Volkswagen Prague Marathon

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