Due to the current epidemic situation, the Prague Half Marathon will not take place in the traditional term at the end of March, but on Sunday 5 September. The organizers published a press release on Friday, January 15.
“We have traditionally started the season in the Czech Republic with the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon in March. This year, because of lingering safety issues, we have decided to organize it for 5 September 2021,” says Carlo Capalbo, President of the RunCzech organizing committee.
“As a reward for your patience, we have decided to turn that weekend into a Running Festival called “The Running Games”. In addition to the Half Marathon, we’ll also host a 5 km, and a 10 km race. More information will be provided in the next few months. But the excitement is already building, and we already know it will be magical,” he adds.
Regarding the full marathon which should take place on May 2, the organizers asked for patience.
“We are in contact with local and international authorities. We are negotiating with World Athletics, the Czech Athletic Association, the National Sports Agency, hygienic stations, the Ministry of Health, and many others. We are trying together to find a way to organize a safe race even at this time,” said Capalbo.
Runners registered for Prague races 2020 had the option of transferring the registration to one of the next two years. Last year, more than eleven thousand runners registered for the half marathon and over nine thousand runners for the full marathon.
Ninety percent of them chose to transfer to this year’s edition. About half of those registered are foreigners.
The Prague Marathon was launched in 1995 under the patronage of legendary Olympic champion Emil Zátopek. The marathon course is flat and fast attracting the runners from all over the world.