Highlights from Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon

19 Jun 2013 07:47
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release
  • 4th edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon
  • The race is awarded by IAAF Road Race Silver Label
  • The race will be started by Martin Novotný, the Mayor of the City of Olomouc
  • České dráhy Family Run will be started by Jiří Rozbořil, Governor of the Olomouc Region
  • The biggest running event in Moravia
  • Elite start list includes runners from 11 countries. The majority should be African runners, particularly from Kenya and Ethiopia, who would lead the start field. The start list also includes participants from Great Britain, Japan, Morocco, Ukraine, Poland and Romania.
  • The fastest man is Kenyan John Kiprotich (00:59:23) who already knows how to complete a half marathon under one hour. Just one second behind the magical boundary is Henry Kiplagat (1:00:01), already well-know from other RunCzech Running League races.
  • Japan represents a very strong team in Olomouc as well. The number one runner should be Fumihiro Maruyama (1:01:15) among men and Yuka Tokuda (1:10:40) among women.
  • Weldu Negash from Norway, originally from Kenya, can achieve very nice result as well. He mostly shows his strength in marathons (2:12:29), which means that Olomouc will be his speed test for the next marathon race.
  • The main candidate for gold medal in women category is Ethiopian contestant Yebrqual Melese (1:09:02). Her biggest rivals will be Susan Partridge (1:10:31) from Great Britain and already mentioned Yuka Tokuda from the country of the rising sun. Ethiopian runner Betelehm Moges (1:11:51) and Jane Kiptoo (1:09:07) from Kenya also have ambitions for award podium.
  • Czech fans can be looking forward to Petra Kamínková, an Olomouc woman, and Jiří Homoláč from not so far away city of Brno.
  • At the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon will also start a well-known cardiac surgeon Jan Pirk and a singer from Moravian Theatre Radek Leszczynski.

Interesting numbers:

  • The capacity of 3,500 participants was filled about two months before the race
  • 1,500 runners will take part in České dráhy Family Run
  • 103 relay teams
  • 74 participants in 2RUN race
  • 958 (28 %) participants will run the half marathon for the first time
  • 72 % of runners are men, 28 % women
  • 92 % of runners are from the Czech Republic, 8 % from abroad
  • TOP 5 foreign countries are SVK, POL, GER, FRA, ITA
  • 32 nationalities in total
  • 11 runners will celebrate their birthday on the race day

Company occurrence:

  • TOP 3 professions are managers, office workers and students
  • TOP 3 companies starting at Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon relay:TAJMAC-ZPS, a.s., Provident Financial, Hotelpark stadion a.s.

Interesting highlights from the start field:

  • 71 years old Zdeněk Fejgl is the oldest man in the race
  • 66 years old Eva Patočková is the oldest woman in the race
  • 500 volunteers will help the organizing team
  • Used during the race:
    • 20,000 pins
    • 25,000 cups
    • 19,000 sponges
    • 3,500 thermo foils
    • 5,000 medals
    • 3,242m fences
    • 72 toilets
  • Drinks:
    • 11,000 litres of Mattoni water
    • 3,700 litres of isotonic drink Nutrend
  • Food:
    • 650 of bananas
    • 385 kg of oranges
    • 800 baguettes
    • 19 kg of salt
    • 39 kg of sugar



  • World record: 0:58:23 (2010) Zersenay Tadese,
  • Race record: 1:00:44 (2011) Dawit Abdulahi, ETH


  • ERI World record: 1:05:50 (2011) Mary Jepkosgei Keitany, KEN
  • Race record: 1:10:40 (2011) Achamo Netsanet, KEN