Vlašim (Czech Republic), Saturday 17 January 2015

 Terénní 'test zdatnosti' ('Fitness test terrain'), Blaník, Czechia --- Author: Jan Dudík / commons.wikimedia.org / public domain / photo cropped by runinternational.eu


This zimní běh ("winter run") in the Czech Republic offers a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon.

All races begin and end at the castle of Vlašim, an old town of about 12,000 inhabitants, situated approximately 60km south-east of Prague.

The 5k is a hilly loop through the lovely English-style castle park. The route features about 100m of ascent.

The 10k takes the runners through the castle park and then out and back a country road to the village of Dub. The route includes more than 200m of ascent.

With 680m of ascent, the half marathon is a very challenging race. Competitors run through the park and to Dub, and then to the observation tower on the summit of Velký Blaník (638m, pictured), a wooded hill that is steeped in legends.

The route is a mix of roads and trails. The roads are not closed to traffic.


Country: Czech Republic

Venue (Map): Vlašim (Prague 62km, Brno 155km)

Date: 17 January 2015 (Saturday)

Race distance: 5km, 10km, 21.1km

Start time: 10.00

Start and finish: at Vlašim Castle

Race centre: on the day 7.30-9.30 in the start/finish area

Entry fees: 200 CZK (online entries), 250 CZK (late entries)

Exchange rate: 100 CZK = ca. 3.62 EUR (December 2014)

Timekeeping: IronTime chip timing (included in the entry fees)

You get: T-shirt, snacks and drinks on the course and at the finish

Showers, changing facilities, baggage storage: yes

Number of finishers 2014: 227

Event website (in Czech): www.pojmon.cz/behnablanik


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