As every year also Bawag Bank Grand Prix run was unforgettable – well organised, full of special spirit supported by both the runners and the audience. Both the men’s and the women’s race featured a lot of top athletes from many different countries (e.g. the Czech Republic, Kenya, Great Britain, America, Denmark and others).
There were many special features prepared for the runners to help them get into the right racing mood. Each participant was entitled to have an unusual breakfast for free right at Old Town Square to have enough energy for the race. Before the Adidas women’s run there was an aerobics warming up and the race itself was started by its patron, well-known Czech athlete Ludmila Formanova. Both men and women were supported during the race by the rhythms of great drummer band Tam Tam Batucada. Also the support they received from the audience, tourists and passers-by was excellent. After finishing the race, each contestant received a medal and small refreshment. Moreover, each of them got a 50 percent discount for the performance of the Brazilian singer Célia Mara in the club Roxy that night.
A special programme was prepared even for those, who didn’t participate in the run. Well-known Czech personality, Leila Abbas, led them through the morning full of interesting performances, contests and music. There were also some catchy attractions for the children, where they could win a lot of interesting prices.
After all races have finished, the runners gathered at Old Town Square to wait for a huge tombola (in the tombola all the numbers from every Prague International Marathon race of the year 2006 were included), where they could win one of more than 150 worthy prices. These consisted mainly of cosmetics, nutrition, beverages and other gifts donated by the PIM sponsors. The first price were 2 flight tickets to Brussels + a 3-day stay in a four-star hotel in Brussels, wow!
The weather was sunny and the atmosphere was brilliant. Everyone, who managed to catch just a piece of this spirit, was returning home satisfied, with a smile on his face.