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26 October 2024

Come to Run and Cheer!

You can run a marathon with the world’s elite or choose shorter routes. Experience the atmosphere of professional running and have a good time.

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Emil Zátopek

The Legend and Elite of Long-Distance Running

Emil Zátopek is the only runner in the world to win the 5 000m, the 10 000m and the marathon at the same Olympic Games (Helsinki 1952). He did it in just eight days and it was his first time running a marathon. During his career he broke 18 world records and over 50 Czechoslovak records. He even won the best athlete poll three times.

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Ostrava City

Zatopek’s First World Record

It was in Ostrava where Emil Zátopek first set 10 000m world record and at the same year (1949) also surpassed it. That was the start of his incredible career. In the spirit of his tradition, other runners in Ostrava have also managed to break a few world records. Kenenisa Bekele broke the world record for 10 000m in 2004 and Haile Gebrselassie broke the world records for 20 000m and the one hour run in 2007.

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Marathon

The World’s Elite and an Atmosphere of Professional Running

You can run the marathon with the world’s elite or choose shorter routes and experience the atmosphere of professional running. All runners, whether they are beginners or professionals, are equally important to us. Throughout the day, runners and fans can enjoy sport, good food, music or shopping in the expo village.

Why run

The Emil Zátopek’s Marathon Route

  • Run through the city on a long, flat, internationally certified track.
  • The route will lead you through the unique industrial area of Dolní Vítkovice.
  • The start and finish lines will be on the legendary stadium where Emil Zátopek broke records and Usain Bolt ran.
  • Join the world’s running elite.
  • Enjoy a rich programme for fans throughout the day.
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Marathon

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