Save the date Aug 2-4 2019 for Budějovice – Slapy – Vrané – Praha! There are some reconstructions planned on Orlík dam wall for the year 2019. We hope the conditions will be still suitable for the race.
I have added a few more pictures on our web site from Helga Viehboeck. Many thanks for that!
I have finally managed to publish photos of the 35th legendary race Budějovice – Praha. Yeah, I know, it is quite late and you guys are barely remembering the event. It was caused by my offline status. At least you can now refresh your memories about the race. Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Mojža and Zuzka
Matthias Schmidt, 22 year-old German athlete has registered for the Budejovice-Praha race. The Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science student from Munich has already a rich experience in long distance paddling. Since 2013 he participated in several river marathons in Germany, France and the Czech Republic. In 2017 he won a bronze medal in German Marathon championships in K1 category. He came 14th in K1 World and also European Marathon Championship U23. “Everyone in the canoeing world knows the iconic multiple stage marathon races like the Dusi or the Berg River Marathon in South Africa. Watching the live coverage of it in 2017, I was enthralled by the idea of competing in such an event”, Mathias gave us the insight into his decision making to join the Budejovice-Praha race. And he continued: “By chance, I discovered the Budejovice-Praha race, a three-day marathon with long portages not particularly far away from where I live. I already wanted to compete in it last year but it didn’t fit in my tough competition calendar with the European and World Marathon Championships.”
“This year, I missed basically the whole winter preparation and the German selection race due to health complications. So I might not be in the proper physical shape, but I have the time and I’m motivated to compete in the Budejovice-Praha Marathon”, explains Matthias his participation. He knows that the race has a long history and is one of the oldest in Europe. He is aware of the fact that in the past century Vltava river had been remodeled into the chain of reservoirs with no or very little flow.
Matthias described his goals: “I expect three incredible hard days. It’s not only a race against tough competitors, but also against oneself. I want to know, what my body is capable of and shift the limits of my paddling. Neither have I paddled for that long on a single day nor have I ever competed in a multiple day race, so I’m really looking forward to this new experience. But my goal is to get to Prague in one piece and have a good time on the river.”
Austrian paddler Joachim Moritz has added his name to the entry list of the legendary Budejovice-Praha 2018 race. He has become one of the two international athletes registered for the 35th edition. The 45 year-old Kepler University Hospital engineer has been a board member of the oldest Austrian canoe club – KRV Schnecke Linz.
“I used to paddle back in the ‘90s with my fastest tour on the Danube: Linz-Passau-Linz, 180 km in 19 hours and K2 mix in 21,5 hours”, Joachim explained his paddling long distance past. “Then I started climbing and in 2006 I climbed 8035m Gasherbrum II”, he added about his endurance. “In 2014 I came as a spectator to Krumlovsky maraton and afterwords I started to train to compete in 2015. Last year we came 8th in K2 category”, he said.
Joachim admits he does not know the river. “My goal is to achieve a good result but I have no target limit. I am looking forward to paddle through Tyn nad Vltavou where I participated in a sprint regatta in 1988.”
12 brave men has joined Budějovice-Praha
at least 42 boats will start in the last stage from Slapy
and at least 14 paddlers will go from Vrané
K4 Modřany is not racing this year. However, Dufíno and Zimča, the K4 engines, will do the long race for the first time on K2!
Petr Mojžíšek, four times winner of the long race, will be on the start line. Matthias Schmidt, a member of german marathon national team, has entered as well. Competition soaring! Join us!
It is all over!
34th legendary race is over. Thanks to all participants, you became a part of nice piece of history.
Special thanks goes to the organization team, i.e.
Kuzma and Ivča – for timekeeping, photos, diplomas, finish line preparation, …
Terka and Kačka – for refreshment point, graphics, diplomas, …
Adriana, Mirek, Jiří and Helča – for awesome catering after the race
Lucka – for second refreshment point and information service from the race course
Zbyňa – for help at the Orlík dam and with the mini race in Vrané
Dufíno – for logistic aid and …
and to all together for nice atmosphere and mood during all three race days
We are working on publishing photos, videos, keep an eye on us for a while. And enjoy the rest of the summer paddling!
Mojža and Zuzka