More than 70 athletes, including nine prisoners and one ex-offender, are set to run in the Yellow Ribbon half-marathon in Prague at the weekend. The first of four races, the event highlights the importance of supporting the reintegration of former offenders within broader society upon completing their sentence. The charity race takes place on Saturday as part of the broader Sportisimo ½ Marathon.
Some twenty thousand people are expected to take part in the traditional
Prague half-marathon due to be held on Saturday, the organizers of the
event told the ctk news agency.
Drivers have been warned to expect traffic complications along the route. The Čechův and Mánesuv bridges will be closed to traffic between 9.30 and 1pm and some trams and busses will be re-routed. Parking will also be prohibited along the route of the half-marathon.
Double Olympic javelin gold and two times world champion, Czech Barbora
Špotáková has announced she is expecting a second child and will take a
break from competition.
Špotáková, 36, says her second child is expected in the summer and she is likely to return to training in the autumn. She said she wants to continue and has already proved that parenthood and sport can be combined.
Špotáková says her mid-term goal is to take part in the 2020 Olympics being hosted by Tokyo. She won javelin Olympic golds in Beijing in 2008 and four years later in London. She took the bronze medal in the last Rio games.
A wide variety of events have been planned in celebration of the New Year.
Amateurs and professional runners will be able to take part in the
traditional midnight race starting ten minutes to midnight on December 31st
in Lužiny’s Central Park and ending in the New Year. The track is four
kilometres long along an asphalt track. All runners who finish the race get
a remembrance medal.
Meanwhile the Club of Hardy Men and Women will welcome the New Year with a Polar Bear dip in Svitava River. Public events in South Bohemia include bread baking and a ride on a steam-powered train.
The 84th annual Velká Kunratická cross country race was held in
Prague's Kunratický Forest on Sunday.
The 3.1 km race, which attracted hundreds of runners, was won for the second time by Jan Janů. Kamila Gregorová won the women's category for the fourth time in a row.
The oldest participant was 80-year-old Josef Vonášek, who completed his 58th Velká Kunratická race.
Czech runner Eva Vrabcová Nývltová placed seventh in the New York
Marathon coming in at 2:29:41. She set a new personal record, shorter by 15
seconds as compared to her performance the worls championships in London
where she placed 14th.
Vrabcová Nývltová is the first Czech female runner to cover the New York Marathon under 2:30:00. The Czech record holder was Alena Peterková who in 1991 finished the race in 2:30:36, coming in fourth.