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Playing free game of football on one of Vltava islands

Sep 2, 08:41 (Filed under: Sport in Prague, Advice )

Children Island Detsky ostrov playground  in Prague Have you ever had the feeling that you need some physical activity? A need to burn fat, spend some energy, cut loose with your friends and release some endorphins? Or just the need to get buff? In my case, I do, although it’s rare. No matter how long you’re staying in Prague, I have one tip.

Go to Tesco, buy a football for 80 CZK, take few friends and test the ball at Detsky ostrov (Childrens Island), where is a free public playground. It is located next to Strelecky Island on the street Janackovo Nabrezi in Smichov area and the opening hours are from 9 to 20 daily.

Same thing with a game of basketball. Enjoy it!

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Bawag Bank Grand Prix – next run in Prague

Aug 29, 17:00 (Filed under: Sport in Prague, Advice )

Map of Prague run Bawag Bank Grand Prix Do you love running? Do you love Prague? Connect those two together and join the 11th international Prague Grand Prix on 10th September 2006!

The Bawag Bank Grand Prix is a part of bigger running series, which includes also Prague International Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. The run itself, for the 4th time this year, is opened to the wide public, not to professional runners only. There are two separate events – 10 km Metro men’s run and 5 km Adidas women’s run. These two are followed by 10 km Hilton Barman run and 10 km Embassy Championship.

Let us focus on the Adidas and Metro run, which are being favoured more and more each year. Start and finish are the same for both – the centre of Prague, namely Staromestske namesti -Old Town Square. The only difference is that women turn back earlier than men do (for further info see the enclosed map). The women’s run starts on 10th of September at 10:30 a.m., men set off hour and a half later.

Where to sign in? The less complicated way to do so is to come right to the Marathon expo at Wenceslas Square. It will be opened from 6th -9th September, each day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (on 9th September even to 10 p.m.!). Of course, you can also email (marathon@pim.cz), fax (224 923 355) or snail mail (Zahoranskeho 3, 120 00 Praha 2) the registration form (attached). This may, however, take quite a long time (especially by the snail mail).

The registration fee is 300 CZK / 10 Euro. It can either be paid cash in the Marathon expo (definitely the best variant), by your credit card or via transfer from your bank account.
Account number if you pay in CZK: 4219500008, bank code: 0400
Account number for payment in Euros: 4219500040, bank code: 0400
Bank code for payment from abroad (SWIFT): ZIBACZPP
If you pay in Euros, the IBAN must be included: CZ57 0400 0000 0042 1950 0040
What does the registration fee include? A starting fees, of course; a backpack and a T-shirt from the partners of the PIM; refreshment during and after the run; free massages and, in case you finish the run, a medal!

You can pick up your packsack with everything essential (a T-shirt, your start number and a chip) in the Marathon expo from 6th to 9th September; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on the 10th September from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Are there any special premises to be satisfied? Not really. As previously mentioned, the Grand Prix is opened to the wide public. Therefore, all you have to do to be able to compete with world-known athletes is to be 15 years +.

If you are a sporty soul do not hesitate to join in. Or, in case you do not feel like running, just come to take in the special atmosphere and enjoy the programme prepared for passers-by (e.g. the music festival).

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Beach volleyball

Aug 15, 16:11 (Filed under: Sport in Prague, Personal )

Beach volleyball playground on Strahov in Prague I have not been playing volleyball as a kid, actually, I did not fancy it, my wrists always hurt and there was not enough thrill and action in this game. My sports were always ice-hockey and football, despite this fact, beach volleyball became my regular sport activity last months. To me, regular, means once a week. Finally, I found my hobby in this game, maybe also because we are a great bunch of people that goes there more for fun than to really work out.

We go to the Timeout Arena in the Strahov area. Outer sand courts are of a good quality, and if it rains, it is possible to play inside. Showers, toilets and those facilities are new and clean. Small bar with fridge full of ice-cream is also available. Right next to this Beach Club, you can see famous Strahovský stadium, and a nice view of the city at a sightseeing behind the stadium. I admit, the place is not in the very centre, so if you rather stay in the centre, there is an interesting Prague sandy beach at Vltava river bank in Smíchov with beachvolleyball, swimming pool, bar and restaurant.

Don’t worry if it gets too hot, Pivní Pohotovost (Beer Emergency) is just around the corner on the street Svornosti opened every day.

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Slalom Racing World Championships in Prague

Aug 1, 09:14 (Filed under: Sport in Prague, Prague events )

If you like white water sports, let me invite you to ICF Canoe and Kayak Slalom Racing World Championships. It takes place at Troja area (near the zoo) in Prague on 2.8.-6.8.06. I found this coincindetally as I live nearby and sometimes I go running along this slalom course. And there was too much activity and construction going on so I had to investigate what’s happening. Well, the organizing committee must have had a stressfull time when two months ago Vltava flooded out. And a month ago again, this time it was not that serious. The water is going down, though, and everything will be ready on time.

Among many participants, one should not miss Štěpánka Hilgertová, the olympic winner from both Atlanta and Sydney in category K1-women. I’m especially looking forward seeing C1-men final on Sunday 13:30. I hope to see there one or more Czech or Slovak guys such as Ježek, Indruch or Martikán and Minčík. If you need tickets, they are still available e.g. at Ticketstream network, and 4-day pass costs 450 CZK. One can buy ticket for each day as well. There is also a possibility to become a volunteer, and therefore to meet the Olympic winners personally.

If you are considering a visit, to make the most out of it, you can also visit the famous zoo, the botanical garden and Troja castle. That is more than enough for one day. The easiest way to get there by public transport is to take tram no. 17 or 14 and get off at stop Trojská or take bus no. 112 from Nádraží Holešovice to Trojská. Hope you are interested and maybe we will meet on the opening ceremony on Tuesday evening August 1, at Krizik’s fountain at Exhibition area at Holesovice.

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