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The RunCzech Running League
The RunCzech Running League brings together the prestigious Prague races organized by the Prague International Marathon along with the running events in selected regions of the Czech Republic organized by Tempo Team Prague, collectively known as the RunCzech races. These series of runs spanning the whole Czech Republic allows all those involved to combine their passion for running with a love for travel.
During the course of 2016, 82 840 runners from all over the world took part in the RunCzech Running League. Runners participating in competitive races were able to use a special ranking system enabling them to measure their results against other runners in the categories of sex, age, and profession.
In 2017 the RunCzech Running League includes the following races:
- Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon (April 1st)
- Volkswagen Prague Marathon (May 7th)
- Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon (May 20th)
- Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon (June 3rd)
- O2 Prague Relay (June 14th and 15th)
- Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon (June 24th)
- Birell Prague Grand Prix (September 9th)
- Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon (September 16th)
IAAF Gold Labels
Boasting a total of seven IAAF Road Race Label awards for its RunCzech Running League, RunCzech is the only race organizer in the world that has received more of these accolades than any other group, which attests to the first-rate standards of the organization.
These awards include:
- The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon
- The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the Volkswagen Prague Marathon
- The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the 10k Race, featured as part of the Prague Grand Prix
- The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon
- The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon
- The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon
- The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the Mattoni Karlovy Half Marathon
Prague International Marathon, spol. s r.o.
Prague International Marathon spol. s.r.o. (“PIM“) was set up in 1995 by Carlo Capalbo, President of the Organizing Committee with the aim of organizing a large-scale international marathon on the streets of Prague. A total of 958 runners made it to the start line of that first race. Since then, PIM’s activities have burgeoned into a whole series of running events referred to as the RunCzech running league.
The Volkswagen Prague Marathon ranks among the top 10 world marathons taking place in one of the most beautiful locations. The 2013 race attracted 9 573 competing runners from all over the world. Since 1999 PIM has also been organizing the Prague Half Marathon along with the Prague Grand Prix races of shorter courses. In 2012 the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon became the year's fastest half-marathon in the world! The Ethiopian runner, Atsedu Tsegay completed it in the event record time of 58:47.
In addition to the above mentioned events, PIM also organizes the Junior Marathon race series for high school students.
Races organized by PIM are sponsored by some of the largest companies in the Czech Republic. Volkswagen, adidas, Sportisimo and Mattoni are a few of them. The whole organization and atmosphere of the races has drawn to the Czech Republic a number of renowned names in the athletic world (E.g. Haile Gebrselassie, Stefano Baldini, Paul Tergat, Moses Tanui, Antonio Pinto and Patrick Makau), as well as thousands of visitors.
In 2013 a unique center of running – the Running Mall – was opened in Prague, which became an example to be followed by other world race organizers.
In the summer of 2013, PIM also became the co-organizer of the running foundation in Kenya.
Tempo Team Prague s.r.o.
Tempo Team is dedicated to developing marathon races along with other running events held in Europe. It was established in the year 2000 by a group of experts and sporting enthusiasts. The term “tempo” is derived from the name of the organization “The European Marathon Promotion Organization”.
Tempo Team’s activities entail concept creation, brand building, and marketing as well as the actual organization of sporting events. Right from the start, tempo team has played a key role in organizing the Prague Marathon as well as developing the RunCzech Running League.
Tempo Team stands for the main organizer of races held in various regions under the name of RunCzech Running League comprising the Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon, the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, the Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon and the youngest RunCzech race – the Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon.
RunCzech Racing is a pioneering project in road running which was inspired by the legendary Czech runner, Emil Zátopek. It is an international project with a global reach that gathers young elite athletes of different nationalities to train together, share their experiences and compete all over the world and in the Czech Republic; All that not just to improve their performance but also to promote positive social impact of running and build friendly relationships among different nations.