"Prague is known the world over for our world-class, record-setting competitive races. And when COVID-19 forced us to cancel them, tens of thousands of runners who had hoped to visit this magnificent city, planning to participate were disappointed. And so were we. This is what we live for.
So we set out to create another type of event altogether. A one-of-a-kind race that would signal to the world that the running spirit was alive and well in the Czech Republic. A race that would inspire other organizations to chart new courses for the future of running. And that would be a sign to cities everywhere that even COVID-19 has a finish line.
Our proposal? An exclusive, star-studded half marathon limited to 35 of the most celebrated distance runners in the world today. Men and women will compete separately, running on a flat, fast oval course through Letna Park in Prague. 16.5 laps. A course and a field designed to wage an all-out assault on current world record.
The men will set their sights on breaking 58:30, a time surpassed only twice in history. The women will be looking to shatter the current world record time of 01:06:11 in women-only race.
Start time for the men’s event is slated for 6:20. The women will start at 8:00. Weather permitting. Czech TV will broadcast the event live via satellite and global streaming. "