Czech Olympians supported the country´s celebration of International Olympic Day

On 20 June almost 75,000 runners participated in T-Mobile Olympic Run to celebrate Olympic Day across the Czech Republic. The sporting activities took place in more than 300 schools and 80 running races were organised in the afternoon. All races were started at the same time by Czech Olympic Winner in Modern Pentathlon David Svoboda through the live broadcast of Czech Radio.

“We are very pleased that more and more people are attracted to participate in the Olympic Run every year. Apart from the adults, more than 60,000 children took part in running races in the morning. We would like to thank to all the organisers who prepared the event as volunteers in their free time. We are also thankful to all the partners and all the people around the races who all have contributed to the fact that T-Mobile Olympic Run belongs to the biggest running events in our country,” Petr Graclík, Secretary General of Czech Olympic Committee said.

Czech Olympic Foundation received more than 210,000 CZK through the starting fees collected from every participant. The money will be used to support children from disadvantaged families or children´s homes who do not have enough funds for their sport activities.

The greatest running race in the country was a part of the celebrations of Olympic Day that is celebrated by various sport events across the world with more than 4 million people participating. Most of the runners took part in so called Golden Runs that were held in the biggest cities – in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.

Also the Czech Olympians led by Ambassadress of the Run Vrabcová-Nývltová, modern pentathlete David Svoboda, six time Paralympic champion Jiří Ježek, canoe sprint athlete Martin Fuksa, foil fencer Alexander Choupenitch or former ski jumper Jan Mazoch were among the runners.

“I always meet smiling people who come here for a sport activity, to do something for their fitness. It is great to see that all the country enjoying sport at the same time,” bobsledder Dominik Dvořák, a two-time Olympian, said.

“It is an absolutely unique moment. I am glad that I could be a part of it,” the ambassadress of the Run Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová.

The water slalom racer Vavřinec Hradilek was also an ambassador, but he took part in the T-Mobile Run via an individual challenge of the EPP application – Help by moving. The individual challenge helped to raise more money for the Czech Olympic Foundation.

The complete photo gallery from all the running races may be found at www.olympijskybeh.cz.

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