At the Prague Marathon, History Is a Spectator

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The Prague International Marathon starts in Staromestske Namesti, or Old Town Square, in the heart of the city, directly between Old Town Hall, with its famous astronomical clock, built in the early 15th century, and the weathered bronze monument of Jan Hus and

These days it seems every city in the world hosts a marathon; even Xiwuqi in Inner Mongolia has one, the so-called Genghis Khan marathon. Prague’s was started by an Italian named Carlo Capalbo in 1994, less than five years after the country emerged from more than 40 years of Communist rule. To run through Prague, it turns out, is to run through Czech history. And when you run a marathon in Prague, Czech history begins with arguably the greatest distance runner ever, the man who helped Mr. Capalbo bring his idea to fruition, Emil Zatopek.

These days it seems every city in the world hosts a marathon; even Xiwuqi in Inner Mongolia has one, the so-called Genghis Khan marathon. Prague’s was started by an Italian named Carlo Capalbo in 1994, less than five years after the country emerged from more than 40 years of Communist rule. To run through Prague, it turns out, is to run through Czech history. And when you run a marathon in Prague, Czech history begins with arguably the greatest distance runner ever, the man who helped Mr. Capalbo bring his idea to fruition, Emil Zatopek.

his followers. Hus, the Charles University […]