Running in Prague
With its centuries-old buildings, winding stone streets, and hilltop castle Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The historic center, parks and outlying neighborhoods offer ways for runners to enjoy this city like you’ve never imagined. Prague’s mild weather lends itself to running year-round. The best time to run is early in the morning, before the streets are packed with tourists.
There are a number of excellent running routes in Prague. One favorite spot is Letná and Stromovka parks. In Letná, you are rewarded by an unrivaled view along the Vltava from Hanavsky Pavilion. Stromovka has a number of paths to follow and is blissfully peaceful. Similar to Central Park in New York or Richmond Park in London, once inside it is hard to believe that you are in the middle of a city.
You can also run along the river, which is brilliantly flat, largely car-free, and well-surfaced. Heading south from Karlovo náměstí, a river path takes you past Vyšehrad, towards Braník and beyond.
For more adventurous runners, or those looking for company, consider joining the Prague Hash House Harriers. This very social running/hashing group organises runs most weekends, from 8-10 km long through woodland and more remote areas .
‘LadiesFit Club’ in Smíchov also operates a regular running club, speaking English and Czech, training outdoor around Prague three times per week. It comes well-recommended for those looking for running companions- men will not be turned away, despite the group’s name.
Long-distance marathon runs are popular all over the world and this trend has not passed by the Czech Republic. This sport has become a hit and smaller or bigger marathon races are organised throughout the country throughout the year.
For many amateur sportspeople, marathons have become a goal of their year-long sporting effort. Many of them have fallen for marathon tourism – travelling to different cities all over the world and taking part in the races. The less demanding half marathons (21 km long) are especially popular in the Czech Republic.
The most prestigious marathon in Central Europe, the Volkswagen Marathon Weekend, takes place in May in Prague. This very fast race with the record time 2:05:39 was given the IAFF Gold Label. Another popular Prague race We Run Prague(10 km long), which leads through the historical centre of Prague, is organised at the end of summer.
You can find a list of marathons with more detailed information regarding the entry fees, rules and organisation of the events here.