RunCzech cancels Prague Half Marathon in September
With social distancing and other limiting rules still in place for mass participation events, along with all the uncertainties surrounded by new waves of viral mutations, RunCzech canceled their hugely popular Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon and the Grand Prix Birell in Prague, scheduled for September 4. -5, as well as the Relais de Prague scheduled for August 25.
Even if there had been more time, given the scale of the events, the organizers would have been obliged to stagger the start of these races. And with tens of thousands of runners participating, the events would have dragged on endlessly.
According to Mr. Capalbo, president of the organizing committee, “the citizens of Prague enthusiastically support what we are doing here. They celebrate with us. But shutting down the city all weekend and making everyone wait that long would be unfair to runners and locals. “
To all registered runners who have paid the registration fees, the organizers offer the possibility either to transfer their registration to 2022, or to transform the registration fees into a voucher for the eshop www.allrunnersarebeautiful.com or to donate their amount for the “Get up and run” project for students, which helps improve sports facilities in high schools.
Meanwhile, RunCzech is still planning to hold its next regional events, the Generali Česká Red Run on June 24 and the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon on August 14, which comply with health and safety measures and are achievable.
In addition, from August until the end of October, the organizers are offering a free virtual running challenge called Mattoni FreeRun Run & Plog. The project is linked to the Plogging Cesko association and together, will encourage runners to collect waste while running and to make their region greener.
The fate of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon and the events of Usti nad Labem, Liberec and Ceske Budejovice are discussed and followed daily. The organizers will publish more information in August. The organization hopes that with more people receiving the Covid vaccine, their regular running schedule will resume soon.
In the meantime, Mr. Capalbo has a simple message of hope for the runners. “You keep training. And we will continue to think.