In the first of our series on the top 10 destination marathons around the world, we head to the Czech capital city of Prague.
2015 date: May 3
The Volkswagen Prague Marathon is considered to be one of the most beautiful marathons in the world. Which is a natural conclusion given it takes place in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Prague Marathon is quite unique in that it is large enough to have a great atmosphere and small enough to feel personal. With around 10,000 runners you never feel either hemmed in or on your own.
The start and finish of the Marathon is in the Old Town, the medieval heart of the city which has remained basically untouched since the 10th century. The Marathon course winds its way out of the Old Town, across the historic Charles Bridge, past the Prague Castle and along the banks of the Vltava River before passing through the town centre again. It is a truly magnificent marathon course that takes in the heart and soul of this historic city. The marathon has a leisurely start time of 9am and a seven hour cut off.
The streets of Prague come to life on marathon day with the inclusion of the Marathon Music Festival. Live bands keep the vibe going throughout the city and it’s not at all unusual to see the lead singer mixing it with the runners as they go by. The support from the locals is nothing short of astonishing, particularly through the Old Town where they are standing six deep, cheering the runners.
In and Around
There is so much to see and do in Prague you could spend a week just walking around the city, as everywhere you look, every corner you go around, you come across more interesting buildings, relics, architecture and shrines. Prague is a city which lends itself to walking, with the Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter and the Lesser Town within easy reach. Each district has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm.
A short distance from the city centre is the beautiful St Vitus Cathedral, which looks back across the Vltava to the Old Town, and the Prague Castle, both easily reached by local tram.
The food in Prague is both outstanding and very affordable, with restaurants situated in the basements of many of the old buildings.
The Czech Republic has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world and visiting them makes for excellent day trips. These include the 24th century Karlstejn Castle, the ancient silver mining town of Kutna Hora (UNESCO), the beautiful spa town of Karlovy Vary and the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov (UNESCO).
Prague is one connection away from the major European airports and CSA Czech Airlines provides excellent connections to most European hubs.
How to Enter
RunFun Travel is the Official Partner for Australia or runners can enter directly via the Prague Marathon website.
About Run Fun Travel
RunFun Travel is owned and managed by Fran Seton with
support from her husband Dave Cundy. The business specialises in bringing
together Fran and Dave’s two passions of marathon running and travel. Having
been involved in running and marathons for over 30 years, they have contacts
all over the world. It’s these contacts that enable them to bring new events to
runners and this is what sets RunFun Travel apart . As well as being part of
the travel industry, they are part of the worldwide running industry.
They have organised, run in and worked with marathons
around the world – they know what runners want from an event and, more
importantly, they are well placed to deliver it. While you do the training,
they will do the organising to ensure your running experience delivers when it
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