In less than two months, Ještěd SkyRace, the renowned yearly run race takes place for the third time in history. Honza Dušánek, the head organizer, has shared the hottest news with us.
Are there any changes and improvements compared to last year’s race? What is different?
The greatest thing to mention is a newly agreed multiple-year cooperation with COMPRESSPORT. The company has become the main partner of our event. I feel honoured that such a renowned and stable company has joined us and we can proudly use its name. With COMPRESSPORT supporting us, we can improve the race and its background so that all the racers and spectators enjoy it even more that ever before. Another novelty is that we have added a shorter, 12km/850m+ race, COMPRESSPORT JEŠTĚD Trail, for everyone who wants to try what it really takes to run in the mountains and do not feel like taking the main race. We tried this for the first time at WINTER SkyRace 2017, with very positive feedback. That makes me believe there will be plenty of new enthusiastic skyrunners taking part.
The major trail has also slightly changed, especially at the first stage of the race and the final Ještěd rundown. I tried to design a more attractive and more technical section, so I recommend the racers to save their legs and breath for the final section of he race.
Do you have any vision for the event in the future, say 5 years from now? What would be different?
Above all, I just want to enjoy organizing my events as much as I do now. I also want runners to have a great time and I wish there was always so much positive energy.
Although I have some specific ideas, I do not like talking about them unless some work has been done to make the dreams come true. Sometimes people are all talk and no trousers. I would like to avoid this.
But I can tell you there are specific plans on how to expand the range of runners, add more minor races and events, improve the facilities and support along the trail. There, actually, are plenty. Ad they are getting clearer. I am quite sure I am going to introduce some of them in 2019. Stay tuned!
- WHEN? Saturday, 14th April, 2018
- WHERE? JEŠTĚD - SKI AREÁL JEŠTĚD - main parking lot
- START? 12:00 AM
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