The Prague Marathon (also known as Prague International Marathon (PIM) and Volkswagen Prague Marathon) is held in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic each May. It was founded in 1995 and has grown to become a significant marathon event, being awarded IAAF Gold Label status.[1] According to media it is the world's most international marathon, with two-thirds of runners coming from 55 different countries. Prague's marathon course is also the seventh-fastest and has been voted one of the most beautiful in the world.[2]

Prague Marathon
DateMay
LocationPrague, Czech Republic
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorVolkswagen
Established1995
Course recordsMen's: 2:05:39 (2010)
Kenya Eliud Kiptanui
Women's: 2:19:46 (2019)
Israel Lonah Chemtai
Official sitePrague Marathon
Participants7,290 (2019)
Finish line of the 2008 marathon

HistoryEdit

The Prague Marathon event takes place over a full weekend and comprises several events, including the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, the Volkswagen Family Minimarathon 4.2 km, the Allianz Eco Walk 2 km, and the In-line party 6.5 km - a skating event. The Hervis Prague Half Marathon, which is also awarded IAAF Gold Label status, is held each March or April.[3]

Since its inception in 1995, the men's race has been dominated by East African runners, with Kenyan athletes in particular winning 13 titles alone. Hélder Ornelas became the first and so far only European men's winner in 2007. The winners of the women's race have been mainly Russian and Kenyan. Elena Vinitskaya of Belarus is the most successful women's athlete however, with her three straight wins from 1996 to 1998. Eliud Kiptanui is the men's record holder with 2:05:39 hours while Lonah Chemtai Salpeter has the women's course best of 2:19:45 hours.[4]

Past winnersEdit

 
Taking on refreshment during the 2010 Prague Marathon

Key:   Course record   Czech Republic championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1995   Tumo Turbo (ETH) 2:12:44   Svetlana Tkach (MDA) 2:39:33
2nd 1996   William Musyoki (KEN) 2:12:21   Elena Vinitskaya (BLR) 2:37:33
3rd 1997   John Kagwe (KEN) 2:09:07   Elena Vinitskaya (BLR) 2:32:58
4th 1998   Elijah Lagat (KEN) 2:08:52   Elena Vinitskaya (BLR) 2:34:25
5th 1999   Eliud Kering (KEN) 2:11:19   Franca Fiacconi (ITA) 2:28:33
6th 2000   Simon Chemoiywo (KEN) 2:10:35   Alina Ivanova (RUS) 2:27:42
7th 2001   Andrea Sipe (TAN) 2:10:14   Maura Viceconte (ITA) 2:26:33
8th 2002   Henry Kiprotich (KEN) 2:11:41   Alevtina Ivanova (RUS) 2:32:24
9th 2003   Willy Kipkirui (KEN) 2:11:56   Anne Jelagat (KEN) 2:31:10
10th 2004   Barnabas Kipkoech (KEN) 2:12:15   Leila Aman (ETH) 2:31:48
11th 2005   Steven Cheptot (KEN) 2:10:42   Salina Kosgei (KEN) 2:28:42
12th 2006   Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT) 2:11:11   Alina Ivanova (RUS) 2:29:20
13th 2007   Hélder Ornelas (POR) 2:11:49   Nailiya Yulamanova (RUS) 2:33:10
14th 2008   Kenneth Mungara (KEN) 2:11:06   Nailiya Yulamanova (RUS) 2:31:43
15th 2009   Patrick Ivuti (KEN) 2:07:48   Olga Glok (RUS) 2:28:27
16th 2010   Eliud Kiptanui (KEN) 2:05:39   Helena Kirop (KEN) 2:25:29
17th 2011   Benson Barus (KEN) 2:07:07   Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 2:22:34
18th 2012   Deressa Chimsa (ETH) 2:06:25   Agnes Kiprop (KEN) 2:25:40
19th 2013   Nicholas Kemboi (QAT) 2:08:51   Caroline Rotich (KEN) 2:27:00
20th 2014   Patrick Terer (KEN) 2:08:07   Firehiwot Dado (ETH) 2:23:34
21st 2015   Felix Kandie (KEN) 2:08:32   Yebrgual Melese (ETH) 2:23:49
22nd 2016   Lawrence Cherono (KEN) 2:07:24   Lucy Karimi (KEN) 2:24:46
23rd 2017   Gebretsadik Abraha (ETH) 2:08:47   Valary Aiyabei (KEN) 2:21:57
24th 2018   Galen Rupp (USA) 2:06:07   Bornes Kitur (KEN) 2:24:19
25th 2019   Almahjoub Dazza (BHR) 2:05:58   Lonah Chemtai (ISR) 2:19:46

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prague International Marathon - IAAF Gold Label for Volkswagen Prague Marathon!". www.praguemarathon.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  2. ^ "Volkswagen Prague Marathon in Prague, Czech Republic, NA: Details at Runner's World.com". runnersworld.com. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  3. ^ "Prague International Marathon - Prague International Marathon receives the Prestigious IAAF Gold Label for its Hervis Prague Half Marathon". www.praguemarathon.com. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  4. ^ Prague International Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2012-05-13.
List of winners

External linksEdit