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Prague Marathon scheduled for May 3 postponed

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The Prague Marathon international event scheduled for May 3 will not take place due to the coronavirus epidemic, and a new date for it is being sought, probably this autumn, the organisers announced on Facebook today.

The preparation for the marathon would be complicated now that the free movement of people has been restricted by the government and people are only allowed to go out with face masks on, the organisers said.

Furthermore, the elite contest annually attracts thousands of foreign runners to Prague, which would also be impossible now that foreigners’ entry into Czechia is banned over the epidemic, while it is still unclear how and when the restrictions will be lifted.

“We believe that the situation will be better soon. And we look forward to welcoming you at the start line, fit and strong. With a smile on your face and joy in your eyes. We keep on going,” the organisers wrote on the event’s website.

The Prague Marathon is a part of the RunCzech series, within which the Prague Grand Prix event is due on September 5, the Usti nad Labem half-marathon on September 19 and the Liberec Nature Run on October 4.

For elite runners, the Marathon’s postponement for the autumn is a chance to meet the Olympic qualification limit, since the Tokyo Olympic games, too, have been postponed from this summer until 2021.

The organisers previously also had to cancel the half-marathon Prague was to host on March 28. It is newly scheduled for September 6, they announced today.

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