The third edition of Ford Challenge Prague in the Czech Republic gathers more than 1350 athletes from 45 countries to the centre of Central Europe on Saturday 27 July.
The organising team note that preparations for Challenge Prague take place similarly to any international event all year round, most intensely in the last month before the start. “For the past few weeks we have been on the routes almost every day to prepare traffic situations and solve details that cannot be made from the office desk,” said Race Director Tomáš Vrzák.
“During the week before the event, a coordination meeting is held at the Department of Crisis Management of the City of Prague with all affected authorities, the police, the emergency services and others, without which we would not be able to carry out the event. Preparedness, possible crisis and the last details of the cooperation are resolved.”
The organizers have only few hours to complete the construction of the facilities – the centre of the race in the surroundings of Střelecký island, Vítězná Street and Legion Bridge will be built overnight.
“For us and our suppliers, this is literally a logistics exercise, mainly due to the extent and limited time available,” admitted Vrzák.
“For everything to be smooth, it is necessary to install, for example, 10 kilometres of fences or 2000 pieces of traffic signs. Almost 300 volunteers, more than 200 construction engineers and security agency staff, dozens of police officers, rescuers and referees are involved in the preparations and during the race itself.”
The race starts on July 27 from Střelecký island. The centre of the race is placed on Legion Bridge with the finish at Vítězná street. There are four main event categories:
- The main race Ford Challenge Prague middle distance event consists of 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 21.1 km running
- Scott Challengetry-Athlon is designed for athletes who love challenges and at the same time do not dare to compete at the full-length track – the distances at this race are shorter.
- Challenge Prague Relays; and
- The Hervis Challenge Junior running competition for children, which will take place on Střelecký island in the afternoon on Friday, 26 July.
Families with children can look forward to other sports programs during the weekend.