RunCzech has announced a new race calendar for 2020, including the Volkswagen Prague Marathon and the four races comprising the EuroHeroes Challenge which is supported by European Athletics.
Events scheduled to take place in the spring period to the end of June had to be cancelled due to the announcement of a national emergency by the Czech government in connection with the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and the crisis measures put in place as a result.
The series is now due to commence with the Olomouc Half Marathon on 31 August, a five-star certified road race by European Athletics Running for All and the first of four races to actively support the third edition of the EuroHeroes Challenge.
The other races in the EuroHeroes Challenge series are the Usti nad Labem Half Marathon on 19 September, the Karlovy Vary Half Marathon on 24 October and the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon on 31 October.
The EuroHeroes Challenge came into being in 2018 with support from European Athletics to put the spotlight on elite Czech and European long distance runners by giving them more racing opportunities internationally.
The Birell Prague Grand Prix will take place as scheduled on 5 September with the Prague Half Marathon now scheduled to take place the following day on 6 September. RunCzech’s flagship event the Prague Marathon will now take place on 11 October.
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As a way of expressing gratitude to healthcare workers and their efforts during this challenging period, doctors, nurses and paramedics will be offered free registration for all RunCzech races taking place this year. To allow them to have the opportunity to enjoy their free time together with their families, they will also be able to run the accompanying dm family races free of charge as well.
The European Athletics Quality Road Race standards act as an assurance for road runners throughout Europe. They distinguish between races that respect the standards and those that haven’t sought certification or assessment. They form the foundation of Running for All, a strong recognisable brand for running activities throughout Europe.
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