Czech Romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha is not only renowned for his dramatic poem Máj, but also for being a passionate walker, trekking from Prague to Bezděz Castle and even Italy.
Mácha would certainly approve of the Petřín City Trail Prague, an upcoming run that sees participants scaling the 327-meter-high hill which offers views spanning Prague Castle, the Vltava River, Vyšehrad and as far as the Žižkov TV tower.
Says Czech runner Ondřej Fejfar, a regular participant in the challenging urban trail race, now in its fourth-annual outing:
“A very nice off-road race which will almost convey to you an impression of being outside the city. I regularly bring the runners I train to this course.”
Surely it’s the only Prague run where competitors get to puff alongside the funicular, running uphill past Myslbek’s granite statue of Mácha, and finally scaling the Hunger Wall.
The five-kilometer circuit begins and ends by the Strahov dorms with a final climb from the side of Smíchov through the Kinsky Garden.
For more information, a full circuit map, and to register, visit www.ktrc.cz (enter PRAGUE50 for a 50% discount).