Kenyan Kigen “The King” of the Prague Marathon
The most anticipated event on the Czech racing calendar celebrated its winners today, with Kenyan Nobert Kigen becoming “The New King” of the Prague Volkswagen Marathon, with a time of 2:07:54, and Ethiopian Bekelech Borecha triumphing among the women, in 2:2:56.
Jiří Homoláč won a third Czech title, saying “Arrived at the thirtieth kilometer, I started to feel a cramp in my foot, so I was afraid of not finishing, but I managed” he rejoiced. Marcela Joglova was the best Czech woman.
“The sunny weather was not conducive to fast lap times, but above all it certainly contributed to a great race and a great atmosphere.” Chairman of the RunCzech organizing committee, Carlo Capalbo, whose race boasts of the World Athletics Elite Label Race, said.
More than eight thousand competitors set out from Old Town Square to complete the 42,195 meter course leading past the magnificent monuments and landscapes of Prague. Due to the clear sky and the sun, the already hot 15C at the start quickly rose to 23°C.
The Ethiopian Bekelech Borecha was the first house for women. She completed the course in 2:22:56, bettering her personal best by nearly two minutes! “I worked really hard, I wanted an even better time. But I’m still very happy and I’m delighted to get the win. declared the new champion of Prague.
However, the Volkswagen Prague Marathon was not only about winning among individuals, but also about celebrating the new team concept of the battle of teams, which aroused excitement until the very last moment.
Each of the six teams (Volkswagen, Mattoni, ČEZ Group, Birell, adidas Runners and Generali Česká pojišt’ovna) had four scoring professional athletes in the starting field, with the fifth scorer being the combined efforts of the amateur runners.
RunCzech has been organizing marathons in Prague for more than a quarter of a century. Due to this, the Czech capital has become one of the top 10 cities in the world in terms of racing quality and popularity among the population.
The economic, social and environmental benefits of the race for the city are invaluable. According to an independent study, the RunCzech races bring 28 million euros in direct economic benefits to Prague, much needed after two difficult years for the city.
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