Thousands of marathoners met in Prague's Old Town Square

Thousands of runners took part in the Marathon Weekend in Prague last Saturday and Sunday. About 4,000 runners competed in the 13th Marathon Prague that started in the Old Town Square at 9:00 on Sunday. The sun was shining, the temperature was a little bit too high for the marathon – in the second half of the marathon it was 24˚C (75.2˚F). Eight runners had to be taken to the hospital due to exhaustion and dehydration.

For the first time, the winner of the marathon was not from Kenya but from Portugal. Helder Ornelas finished the marathon with the time 2:11:49, second Luka Chelimo (Kenya) with 2:12:36 and third Paulo Gomez with 2:12:51. The best woman was Nailja Julamanovova from Russia with 2:33:10, second Malgorzata Sobanska (Poland) with 2:35:02 and third Veronika Brychcinova (the Czech Republic) with 2:40:50.

The marathon closed 69 streets of Prague, changed the routes of 12 trams and 2 buses. Many road restrictions complicated the transportation in Prague.

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