Czech runners take to the trails

One of the world’s most prolific organisers of elite and mass events branches into trail running (press release)


RunCzech organised a new off-road race last Sunday, when more than 2600 runners were standing at the start line of the Liberec Nature Run, which took its participants out of the city into forests and uphill to the Jizera Mountains.

The first to cross the finish line of the 22km event were top Czech runners Vit Pavlista among the men (1:19:45) and Zuzana Kocumova (1:39:06) among the women. The winners of a shorter 12km distance were Ondrej Fejfar (00:44:26) and Jana Pekarova (00:53:02), both from the Czech Republic. 

RunCzech, the organizer of the nine main running events in the Czech Republic with seven races awarded the IAAF Gold Label, finished its 2018 season presenting this event held in the north of the country.

"To meet the needs of our runners we have decided to create a different race with a challenging off-road course that brings runners to the nature of the Jizera Mountains,” said race director Vaclav Skrivanek. “Starting in the city centre, the vast majority of the race goes through a protected landscape area of the Jizera Mountains. The participants could enjoy running through the green forest, around the dam and the granite quarry. Moreover, everyone who managed to complete the race could also look forward to a finisher T-shirt and a unique medal in the form of a granite stone in a special handmade bag.”

The RunCzech running season for 2018 is over, but runners can also look forward to the two winter races co-organized by RunCzech in the south of Italy known as Napoli Running events (Sorrento-Positano 27 and 54 km on December 2 and Napoli City Half Marathon on February 24). 

Registrations for all RunCzech events 2019, including the 25th Volkswagen Prague Marathon, are already open at