Sunday May 6th is the 2018 Volkswagen Prague Marathon. This weekend’s event is the 24th edition and expects to draw a crowd of roughly 11, 000 runners. Among those 11, 000 people will be Galen Rupp the American three-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist. The Nike Oregon Project runner didn’t complete the Boston Marathon this year due to hypothermia from poor weather conditions. The NOP announced on their facebook that Rupp will be on the start line and is excited for another opportunity to race.
The Prague Marathon is an IAAF certified Gold Race meaning that it is one of the leading road races around the world. The event record on the men’s side is 2:05:39 by Eliud Kiptanui of Kenya and 2:21:57 by Valary Jemeli Aiyabei also of Kenya for the women.
The two Canadians making the trip to the Czech Republic this weekend are Thomas Toth and Robert Winslow.
Thomas Toth of Lakefield, Ont. has come back to the Canadian running scene after an impressive NCAA career at Oklahoma’s Cameron University. In 2016 Toth had a breakthrough race at the Canadian Half-Marathon Championships. Toth took the title and ran 1:07:27. Following his 2016 season Toth ran a 2:18:58 marathon in Hamburg to qualify for the 2017 IAAF World Marathon Championships. He was 54th in that race. Toth makes his 2018 debut this Sunday in the Czech Republic.
Very honored to represent Canada at the 2017 World Track and Field Championships this August in London, England! Thank you to everyone for all the support. Big thanks to my great wife @memmells and brother @tothster_the_monster to my sponsor @promixnutrition and @athleticscanada for this opportunity. Time to get it!
Joining Toth in Prague this weekend is Robert Winslow of Dartmouth, N.S. The Saint Francis Xavier University alumni ran his personal best 0f 2:19:00 back in 2015 at the Rotterdam Marathon. Now working as a chiropractor in Guelph, Ont. Winslow made the move from the east coast in 2010 after graduating from St. FX University to pursue his career both in running and chiropractic.
Trevor Hofbauer was on the entry list but according to his blog had to scratch from this weekend’s event because of illness. The 2017 Canadian Marathon Championships winner would’ve been a strong addition to the Canadian contingent heading to Europe but we will have to wait a little longer for him to run his first marathon of 2018.