The most eagerly awaited event in the Czech running calendar has celebrated its winners today, with Kenyan Nobert Kigen becoming “The New King” of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, with a time of 2:07:54, and the Ethiopian Bekelech Borecha triumphant among the women, in 2:2:56.
Jiří Homoláč garnered a third Czech title, saying “Reaching the thirtieth kilometer, I started to feel a cramp in my foot, so I was afraid I would not finish, but I made it,” he rejoiced. Marcela Joglova was the best Czech woman.
“The sunny weather was not conducive to fast times, but more importantly, it certainly contributed to a beautiful race and a great atmosphere,” RunCzech Organising Committee President Carlo Capalbo, whose race boasts the World Athletics Elite Label Race, stated.
RunCzech has been organizing marathons in Prague for more than a quarter of a century. Due to this fact, the Czech capital has become one of the world´s top 10 cities in terms of race quality and popularity among the people.
The economic, social and environmental benefits of the race for the city are priceless. According to an independent study, RunCzech races bring 28 million Euro in direct economic benefits to Prague, much needed after two difficult years for the city.
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