On Sunday (7), more than 2600 runners stood on the start line of a brand new RunCzech race, the Liberec Nature Run, which took its participants out of the city and into forests and uphill the Jizera Mountains.
The Liberec Nature Run is part of a rapidly expanding and diverse Czech road racing calendar. More than 45 events were held in the Czech Republic last month in conjunction with the European Week of Sport and seven RunCzech races have been awarded a five-star certification rating from European Athletics Running for All.
RunCzech has also been a strong advocate of supporting distance running in Europe. Two RunCzech road races took part in the inaugural EuroHeroes initiative and RunCzech will also be supporting next year’s European Running Business Conference in Prague from 6-8 September. Registration is already open here.
The Liberec Nature Run offered two main distances – 22km and 12km – as well as a short 2.5km non-competitive family run.
"To meet the needs of our runners we have decided to create a different race with a challenging off-road course that brings runners to the nature of the Jizera Mountains,” said race director Vaclav Skrivanek.
He added: “Starting in the city centre, the vast majority of the race goes through a protected landscape area of the Jizera Mountains. The participants could enjoy running through the green forest, around the dam and the granite quarry. Everyone who managed to complete the race could also look forward to a finisher t-shirt and a unique medal in the form of a granite stone in a special handmade bag.”
The first to cross the finish-line of the 22km event were Czech runners Vit Pavlista among men (1:19:45) and Zuzana Kocumova (1:39:06) among the women.
Registrations for all RunCzech events next year, including the 25th Volkswagen Prague Marathon, are already open at www.runczech.com.
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