Prague Marathon

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Prague Marathon
Date May
Location Prague, Czech Republic
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 1995
Course records Men's: 2:05:39 (2010)
Eliud Kiptanui
Women's: 2:22:34 (2011)
Lydia Cheromei
Official site www.praguemarathon.com/en
Finish line of the 2008 marathon

The Prague Marathon (also known as Prague International Marathon (PIM) and Volkswagen Prague Marathon) is held in the city of Prague Czech Republic each May. It was founded in 1995 and has grown to became 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]

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 Lydia Cheromei has the women's course best of 2:22:34 hours.[4]

Past winners[edit]

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 Sambu Sipe (TAN) 2:10:14  Maura Viceconte (ITA) 2:26:33
8th 2002  Henry Tarus Kiprotich (KEN) 2:11:41  Alevtina Ivanova (RUS) 2:32:24
9th 2003  Willy Cheruiyot Kipkirui (KEN) 2:11:56  Anne Jelegat Kibor (KEN) 2:31:10
10th 2004  Barnabas Kipkoech (KEN) 2:12:15  Leila Aman (ETH) 2:31:48
11th 2005  Stephen Cheptot Matebo (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 Mburu Mungara (KEN) 2:11:06  Nailiya Yulamanova (RUS) 2:31:43
15th 2009  Patrick Ivuti Mukutu (KEN) 2:07:48  Olga Glok (UKR) 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

References[edit]

List of winners

External links[edit]