History of PIM
History of PIM
- 1994 „We will organize a race in Prague like it is in New York,“ say two Italian friends, Carlo Capalbo and Olympic gold medalist Gelindo Bordin, in a Prague pub Cibulka. After the third beer, they called legendary Emil Zátopek.
- 1995 The first marathon runs through streets of Prague. 958 runners stay at the start line, another 15,000 joined in accompanying events!
- 1996 A new race is added to the marathon – the Gold 10 km for elite runners.
- 1997 The Junior Marathon students‘ relay kicks off for the first time. The Gold 10 km is renamed to the Grand Prix. The number of marathon participants doubles to 1,848 runners.
- 1998 The course moves from Zbraslav to the city center and for the first time, the Prague Marathon crosses the Charles Bridge.
- 1999A Half Marathon is added to the full Marathon and the Grand Prix. The debut of the Marathon Music Festival sets the atmosphere for the race day.
- 2000 A year after breaking a world record in 2:06:05, Brazilian elite marathon runner Ronaldo Da Costa heads to Prague where he is outrun by Kenyan Simon Chemoiywo.
- 2001 The running legend Haile Gebrselassie wins the Grand Prix. The new women’s marathon record is set by Maura Viceceonte from Italy (2:26:33).
- 2002 The first in-line skate race takes place in the evening before the marathon and is attended by 530 skaters.
- 2003 The Prague Marathon is started by Václav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic. The Grand Prix is now open to the public.
- 2004 Róbert Štefko’s third place win in the Prague Marathon in 2:12:33 secures him a nomination to the Olympic Games in Athens.
- 2005 The biggest star of the Grand Prix is Stefano Baldini, the Olympic champion from Athens.
- 2006 The number of participants in the Prague Marathon is exceeded by the number of Half Marathon runners for the first time.
- 2007The Marathon Sport Expo with over 30,000 visitors becomes the largest sports fair in the country
- 2008 The Men’s 10K Race, as a part of the Grand Prix, is awarded the IAAF Road Race Silver Label.
- 2009 The Prague Half Marathon is the first race from the series to receive the highest award – the IAAF Road Race Gold Label.
- 2010 For the first time, a race is held outside of Prague – the Half Marathon in Olomouc. The Prague Marathon is awarded the IAAF Road Race Gold Label. A record number of 7,934 runners participate at the Marathon.
- 2011 After Olomouc, Ústí nad Labem is added as a second Half Marathon outside of Prague. The first Gold PIM Kings, who ran all 15 editions, are announced.
- 2012With a time of 58:47 at the Prague Half Marathon, Atsedu Tsegay becomes the fourth fastest man ever. With another Half Marathon, this time in České Budějovice, a new brand is created called RunCzech comprising all the races in the Czech Republic. Jan Kreisinger, with a time of 2:16:25, secured a nomination for the London Olympics.
- 2013 A brand new RunCzech headquarters called the Running Mall is opened in Prague’s Letná district. RunCzech Running League expands to include the Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon.
- 2014The Prague Marathon celebrates its 20 year anniversary; the race is at full capacity by the beginning of the year. Prague completes its collection of Gold Labels as the Birell Prague Grand Prix is also awarded the IAAF Road Race Gold Label.
- 2015The Half Marathons in Olomouc and Ústí nad Labem are awarded the IAAF Road Race Gold Label.
- 2016Eva Vrabcová finished the Volkswagen Prague Marathon in 2:30:10 and lowered the Czech record previously held by Alena Peterková since 2000 by 58 seconds. The Prague‘s performance secured Vrabcová a spot for the Rio Olympics.
- 2017Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei, a member of the RunCzech Racing team, broke the world half marathon record as well as the 10km, 15km and 20km marks at the Sportisimo Prague ½ Marathon on the way to winning the race in 1:04:52. Jepkosgei continued her stellar performance in September at the Birell Grand Prix where she bettered her 10 km world road record to 29:43. The total of 9 event records and 4 Czech records were broken at the RunCzech 2017 series.