The expected Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon is here. The 10th anniversary race will take place this Saturday, June 4th.
It boasts a five-star certificate from the European Athletics and will bring, among else, an interesting duel between the leading Czech female runners Petra Pastorová and Eva Vrabcová Nývltová.
Vít Pavlišta, the men’s favorite, will also stand at the start line at the Přemysl Otakar II Square, together with thousands of other runners. “It has been ten years since the half marathon was held here for the first time. České Budějovice and its inhabitants have got used to this event and the city has always supported it significantly. I want to thank the organizers for the well done job and the people from the town hall for their cooperation,” the Mayor of České Budějovice Jiří Svoboda said at the press conference.
“In nine years we have brought 44,000 people to run in České Budějovice. The tenth edition of the Mattoni Half Marathon will be special and I am sure that everyone will enjoy it. There will be also a relay race, 2Run or the popular dm family run,” said the RunCzech regional race manager Igor Murko, adding that for the tenth anniversary every runner will receive an adidas T-shirt with a logo symbolizing the city’s landmarks.
A fast course, beautiful scenery, and a friendly atmosphere at every turn above all. The streets of the South Bohemian capital will be alive on Saturday. České Budějovice will turn into a running course with thousands of runners and fans.
The program will open the three-kilometer dm family run at 5 p.m., the Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon will start at 7 p.m.
The main favourite among the men is Vít Pavlišta who won the recent Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon. He will be challenged by Pavel Kubričan and Pavel Novák. Among the women, Petra Pastorová and Eva Vrabcová Nývltová will probably fight for the first place. The Czech Olympian will surely want to return the unexpected loss to Pastorova from the spa town where she finished even third.
The race is very beneficial for the city. According to the analysis prepared by CzechTourism, a state-funded organization, a total initiated consumption of CZK 20 million (EUR 800 000) was generated in 2019 in connection with the Mattoni Half Marathon České Budějovice race.
Approximately CZK 15 million (EUR 600 000) out of this sum was the visitors´ consumption (excluding the entry fee), and CZK 5 million (EUR 200 000) were the basic costs of the organization.
The total revenue in multiplication resulting from the Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon in 2019 was CZK 39 million (EUR 1 560 000), and the total public budget revenue amounted to CZK 8 million (EUR 320 000).
The race attracted 6.5 thousand people to the South Bohemian Region capital, of which 62% were local or from the same region, 34% from another region of the Czech Republic and 4% were foreigners.
The last free registrations are available at www.runczech.com.
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