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. 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.
|Location||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Course records||Men's: 2:05:39 (2010)|
Women's: 2:19:46 (2019)
|Official site||Prague Marathon|
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.
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.
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|
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- "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.
- Prague International Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2012-05-13.
- List of winners
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