I am hoping to enter the Prague Half Marathon in March 2012. I have not entered a race abroad and wondered how easy it is.
I see that there are some companies that do the whole package but having been to Prague before I would imagine I could do it myself a fair bit cheaper.
My only concern is the collection of race number/ timing chip etc and the usual stress surrounding that.
Anyone out there who has done this race before ?
Can anyone help ?
I did the half in 2009 and 2010 (was living there at the time). Its a great race and Id definitely encourage people to do it. The course takes you right through the city centre but mercifully avoids the hills!
If you've been to Prague before then you definitely wont need a package. The expo tent was right in the centre of town, just off Old Town square. I found the organisation to be excellent, cant imagine there will be any problems getting your number/chip.
The support is great, cant remember too many quiet parts along the route.
Oh as a side note the t-shirts are excellent!! Im still wearing them a couple of times a week when training!
So all in all I say go for it, should be a great experience.
Feel free to message me if you've any other questions!
many thanks with the swift response. Will definately be going now thanks to you. Will be in touch if I need to know anymore - however you appear to have covered it all.
thanks to you too - sounds like the T-shirt is a must as well
I did this race this year aand the organisation was fantastis...no problem with picking up race number etc ...We arrived on the Friday and picked up form the Expo on that afternoon. We arranged our flights ourselves and our own accomodation.
|Its a great race and as others said the goody bag is second to none..fantastic...
As a result of the above comments I've now booked the flights/ hotel and the race (even the T-shirt !) - now cant wait.
You will enjoy it so much.......send me PM and i can give you some tips about the start etc...that i would have appreciated this year.....
I wanted to do the Wilmslow half next year as I ran it this year and loved it. However fancied going abroad and the Prague half sounds brilliant.
Was put off doing both races, more by the distance in travelling in a week than the races being a week apart.
So thanks to all those who replied on this forum I've booked the race, the flights and hotel.
In answer to your questions
1. Reading the web site, last year 9,614 ran.
2. If you enter by midnight tonight 30/11/2011 entry costs 30 Euros, after that it is 50 Euros.
3. Start time is mid-day.
4. Not sure on this one. FrannyT has given me some useful advice re this race as she's run it twice before. She will know the answer to this.
Hope this helps
Click on the Expo link and it tells you all about how to collect numbers, etc. IIRC you can collect on Thurs or Fri as well as Sat am, the morning of the race.
The exhibition tent in the centre of Prague near the start area will serve as a registration and information point where runners can pick up their start numbers, chips and start bags
I'm all set too. Going from Wednesday to the Sunday.
Prague has always been on my list of places to visit so what better way to see it!
I am going to be in Prague the weekend of the half marathon and would love to run it but the entries are full! Does anyone know how to get a late entry? or what the chances are of being able to run if you arrive on the day?
I'm really looking forward to it too . I ran the Berlin marathon last year with the temperature nudging towards the mid-seventies and was worried how that would affect me but I just drank a bit more and wore a hat and didn't think anything else of it. I still blame the weather though for missing out on a PB by just over a minute!
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