Can you believe I’ve never been to Prague before? You probably can but for me it’s a bit weird considering I spent a big part of my life in Poland that confines with Czech Republic. I guess it’s normal you don’t know well things you have close to you.
When Monique asked me if I’d like to run Prague Volkswagen Marathon relay I was excited to run again and quite curious how the marathon would be. There’s a thing: I’m quite picky when it comes to races and I will notice the details. After all you train and you make an effort into this event so I guess everyone else should make an effort as well to make this day special for you. Relay is a good way to check out the marathon and maybe come back next time.
On my way to the Expo I met a local runner who talked me a bit about it. Well, sort of. I was so afraid to get lost which happens quite a lot, that when I spotted someone dressed like runner I just thought he might help me and I asked some questions along the way.
Prague Marathon is the only marathon in the Czech Republic, he told me. Not a good sign, I thought but I changed my mind once I saw the expo: well organized and with lots of expositors. At the expo I finally met my girls: Monique and Natalie. Monique I knew from my previous relay in Milan, she organized the whole thing. Natalie was new to ‘international relay’ but my guess is it won’t be her last race in this formula ;)
(Team MoTravels: Nathalie, me and Monique)
I was a bit afraid how that would go considering I’m not training for over a month and i got back to running a week before the relay but it went better than I thought. Having said that I have to admit the course is quite challenging. Ups and downs and very strong wind made me consider myself happy I was running only 12 km. If you know beforehand that the Prague Marathon is not a flat race you will definitely enjoy it. The town is beautiful and you see a great part of it while running.
And now for something different…the organisation
My favourite part to judge and I have to tell you that Prague Marathon gets an A+. I did a few international races and IMHO the Prague Marathon is one of the top ones when it comes to organization: a huge number of volunteers, very detailed and exhaustive brochures and very impressive change points for the relay.
Would I do it again?
That’s a difficult question. I would definitely do a relay or if there was a half marathon option…A full marathon? Maybe if I wanted to do a beautiful marathon without aiming at a new PB Prague would be a good option.
Overall I would recommend this race to anyone who loves great scenery during a race. If you consider a relay, that’s definitely race for you. A weekend in Prague combined with a 10 or 12 km run? Yes! There’s no better way to see the city than running it! Trust me, I know.
P.S. Here are links for Monique and Nathalie blogs, check them out!