FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prague International Marathon and Shanghai International Marathon
Have Signed an Agreement on Mutual Support for
Developing World-Class Distance Races
At a evening before the 17th Shanghai International was held, Li Yuyi,
President of the Shanghai Sports Federation, representing the organizing
committee Shanghai International Marathon, and Markus Hermann, Member of
the Advisory Board of Prague International Marathon, have signed a
comprehensive Letter of Cooperation between the two organizations. The
importance of signing this agreement was underlined by the presence Mr. Xue
Chao, Deputy Secretary General of Shanghai Municipal People's Government,
and Mr. Michal Kuzmiak, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Shanghai.
The agreement includes the exchange of know in the technical, marketing,
and international promotion areas as well as cooperation regarding elite
runners. Both sides intend to support the attendance of runners from their
country at either race.
'World class distance races do not only bring together people from all over
the world who share the idea of peaceful competition and healthy
live-styles, they also enhance the image of the hosting cities. We look
forward to welcoming the delegation from Shanghai at our Volkswagen Prague
Marathon, which will take place on 12 May 2013',- said Markus Hermann. Both
Prague and Shanghai are very attractive tourist destinations due to their
historical and cultural heritage.
'We are very pleased to have signed this cooperation agreement with
Shanghai. This is another milestone in developing closer ties between China
and the Czech Republic and to promote the cooperation on the wonderful
topic of mass distance running' said Michal Kuzmiak.
The booth of Prague International Marathon at the Shanghai Marathon Expo
found a lot of interest among the Expo visitors that included runners from
The 17th Shanghai Marathon featured a number of new records, first, with
18,000 competitive and 12,000 non-competitive runners the highest
attendance in history. This was also due to the new course that leads now
through some of the historical and most scenic areas of the 25 million
metropolis. Also, both the men's and women's course record were broken.
Both organizations are members of the Association of International