About Pardubický Vinařský Půlmaraton
The present wine halfmarathon of Pardubice follows more than 40-year old tradition of organizing mass running competitions. Till the early 90s the run was organized as „Liberation Run“ on traditional date of the 9.th of May, on the track 25 kilometres long between the towns of Pardubice and Chrudim plus back to Pardubice. From that time to 2005 the track between Pardubice and Chrudim was fitted for the length of traditional halfmarathon, so that oficial competions could take place on it and the times could be counted as in a regular athletic discipline – halfmarathon.
In 2006 the track left the town of Chrudim and the run was organized just on the streets and neighbourhood of the town of Pardubice. For the all decades the run was held just because of selfless work of organisers from athletic club based in the stadium in the district of „Dukla“ in Pardubice, from the historical point of view called: „Rudá hvězda Pardubice“, „AFK SKP Pardubice“ and „Hvězda Pardubice“.
For almost 40 years of history of the run a countless number of runners took part in the race, including the top Czech runners – men and women, but also many professional and amateur runners of both sex and all age categories. During the decade of 90s professional runners from abroad started to attend the race, a lot of them also won the run. In the period when the run took place on the rugged track between Pardubice and Chrudim the race was very demanding especialy in the way of running readiness.
Giving up during the run was totally useless since the finish was back in Pardubice. Despite the good and long tradition of the run, excellent work by organisers and also big popularity among the public the run still remained for most runners „the lonely run of a cross-country runner“ on the roads between the two towns.