The Prague International Marathon, also known as the PIM, is a yearly race that is held in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. First held in the year 1995, the race has become one of the most important marathons of the world in the short time since its inception. The media has also dubbed the Prague International Marathon as one of the most popular international marathons in Europe since the majority of the participants come from as many as 55 different countries.
Considered to be the seventh fastest marathon in the world, the Prague International Marathon has also received the IAAF Road Race Silver label accolade in both 2008 and 2009. The marathon is also reputed to be one of the most beautiful races in the world since the race course traverses many of the citys most iconic landmarks. Recent winners of the race include Patrick Ivuti from Kenya, Helder Ornelas from Portugal, and Shami Mumbarak from Qatar. Recent female winners include Naiya Ulamanova from Russia, Salina Kosgei from Kenya, and Leila Aman from Ethiopia.
People come from all over the world to watch this marathon race take place. Many street dancers and musical bands perform live alongside the race course area to entertain the spectators. Participants start the race at the citys Old Town Square and the race course is usually a little over 40 kilometres long. Of all the major European marathons, Prague and Paris marathons are arguably two of the most scenic and enjoyable marathons and in Prague runners will find that it is a medium course in terms of difficulty for hills and terrain.
If you are interested in marathon running, then there are other marathons certainly worth considering and in addition to the aforementioned Prague and Paris marathons, London and Barcelona marathons are other venues at which many regulars choose to run. Barcelona is my personal favourite run although even in March, when Barcelona Marathon always takes place, can sometimes be quite hot climate wise. BOLA TANGKAS