CTE Tourism, the organizer of the under 19 football tournament, the CEE Cup, was voted partner of the month by UNICEF. Thanks to its fundraising actions prior and during the tournament, UNICEF was able to finance several actions for children in need. CTE Tourism and the CEE Cup will continue their efforts to create a positive impact on society by ensuring that the talented players assist in creating value for the troubled youth so to ensure a better future potential.
It has been almost a month ago now since we saw the start of the first annual CEE Cup. Despite the few rainy days in the end we can conclude that the tournament was a big success for the playing teams, the connected sponsors and charity and most of all the match visitors.
The tournament was won by FK Mlada Boleslav beating the Bulgarian top team Levski Sofia in the final, with 1-0, thanks to a goal by Jan Mižič. RNK Split from Croatia claimed the third place beating one of Prague’s home teams Bohemians 1905.
As the Best Goalkeeper of the Tesco CEE Cup, Iliev Dimitar from Levski Sofia was voted. Petr Nerad from Bohemians 1905 was voted the best player of the tournament, whilst the Tesco CEE Cup saw two top goal scorers: Jan Boček from FK Mlada Boleslav and Karol Meszároš from ŠK Slovan Bratislava, both with 6 goals in 4 matches.
Having mentioned that the Tesco CEE cup saw a huge number of goals, making it a very exiting tournament and spectacle to watch and follow. During the 24 matches, 111 goals were made: 4,63 goals per match!
We thank all teams for their participation and great performances, the supporters for creating ambiance and all sponsors for supporting this progressive initiative for the city of Prague, the Czech Republic and the entire Central & Eastern European region. Special thanks go to the international retailer Tesco that adopted and embraced this young and healthy initiative in a very supportive way.
The final match was a fundraising action for UNICEF. Together with sponsors and match visitors we were able to generate and donate more than three thousand Euro to UNICEF, for the support of their projects for children in need on our planet.
The tournament will see its second version taking place next year, where a new and improved concept will allow in an increase of teams, supporters, joy, entertainment and fun for all.
The CEE Cup Team
The CEE Cup, an under 19 top youth football tournament taking place in Prague this summer, has now a fixed line-up.
12 top flight teams from Central and Eastern European leagues will battle for the first annual CEE Cup from 25 to 31 July 2011 in Prague. The grounds of Satalice as well as Sparta Prague at the Strahov Stadium will be the venue’s for all games except the final. The final on 31 July will take place at the famous Dolicek stadium, home of Bohemians 1905.
Before that, the draw will be made coming Friday, announcing the 4 groups. Each of the 4 groups will be led by the 4 Czech teams participating in the tournament. The tournament promises a huge pile of exiting games.
All games can be visited free of charge. During the final in Dolicek the stands are accesible for a small fee, which is to support UNICEF in their battle to help less fortunate children in the CEE region. Please visit our website for more information. The ticket sales will start beginning next week!
Olomouc, Czech Republic, June 18th, 2011: As the younger brother of the Hervis Prague Half Marathon, the holder of an IAAF Road Race Gold Label, the Volkswagen Olomouc Half Marathon has a lot to live up to!
The race put itself well and truly on the map with a really exceptional list of elite athletes turning out to lead a capacity field that had sold out more than two weeks prior to the event.
The field of elite runners included the winner of the 2010 Volkswagen Prague Marathon and the present record holder, Eliud Kiptanui from Kenya, who had been unable to defend his title earlier this year and had chosen the Volkswagen Olomouc Half Marathon for his next race in the Czech Republic. He set off as one of the favourites along with one of the other Kenyans, Paul Kimaiyo Kimugul, who started the race with a better half marathon personal best than Kiptanui.
By 7 km, Wanjiru had been dropped and just four of the group remained, crossing the 10 km mark together in a record breaking time of 28:40 and still together at the 15 km, led by Kiptanui.
At the 17 km mark the group sped up again and Takele started to drop behind slightly as Kiptanui and Dawit made a break for home. Just two km from home, Dawit put on a burst of speed and Kiptanui was unable to answer, with Dawit crossing the line the winner in a new record of 1:00:44, Kiptanui following in 1:01:23 and Takele in 1:01:39 just behind in third place.
In the women’s race, Petra Kaminkova, the leading Czech runner and a native of Olomouc, drew the biggest cheer, but she was always going to be up against it with some very fast Africans in the field, including Netsanet Achamo from Ethiopia, an exceptional steeplechaser who has now turned her hand to the half marathon.
It was Achamo from Ethiopia, smashing the women’s record by more than 2 minutes 31 seconds in a time of 1:10:41. She was followed home by Pamela Chesopich Lisoreng from Kenya in 1:11:39 and the other Ethiopian, Tadelech Bekele in 1:12:13.
The Europeans in both the men’s and women’s races put up a great showing, with the marathon runner, Ivan Babaryka coming home 9th in the men’s race in a time of 1:09:26, just ahead of the leading Czech, Pavel Novak, who crossed the line in 10th place in 1:10:40. In the women’s race, Petra Kaminkova came in at 1:19:46.
The CEE Cup is an international tournament for under 19 top Central & Eastern European (CEE) football club teams. Youth development in this region is going at full force, many talents are upcoming and the CEE cup is hosting them all in Prague! The tournament is about Respect, Fair Play and Competitiveness.
In 4 groups, 12 top teams will be battling for the honor of being the CEE champions and will take home the cup.An excellent chance for tournament visitors, managers and other interested, cee-ing the stars of the future shine in Prague!
The tournament has the official support from the CMFS, the Czech FA, and is supporting charity for the CEE region.
After a build up to race day, the likes of which have never been seen before in Prague, the pistol, in the hands of the Prague Mayor, Pavel Bem, went off at 09.00 am this morning to start the 16th running of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon.
In bright sunshine with temperatures hovering around 12 degrees celsius, and winds of only 1 meter per second, conditions were ideal for a fast marathon. Tension built as a record number of 7,900 runners (an increase of 30% over last year), and a world class field of more than 55 elite athletes lined up on Prague’s historic Old Town Square to await the start.
Having compiled an elite start list that would grace the field of any worldclass marathon, the organizers, Prague International Marathon spol. s.r.o. („PIM“) had expected a fast pace, with 12 of the elite men having run inside 2:10, including 6 under 2:09. The defending champion, and event record holder, Patrick Ivuti of Kenya, and his countryman, Sammy Korir, along with Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia were the pre-race favourites, but they were all in for a surprise.
Denis Ndiso of Kenya went through 10 Km in 29:13, some 48 seconds ahead of the pack of 17 runners which included all of the favourites. This group passed the 10 Km marker at 30:01 and it was clear that at this pace they were headed for a race record. At halfway Ndiso still led in 1:02:33, a very ambitious 2:05:06 pace for a runner with a personal best of 2:12:33. A group of ten, still including all of the favourites, followed in 1:03:18. By 30 km the young Kenyan, Eliud Kiptanui, the Ethiopian, Getu Feleke, and Tsegay had opened a four second lead on Nicholas Koech of Kenya. Soon Tsegay dropped off the pace and at 35 km Kiptanui pushed the pace again and broke away from Feleke very quickly.
Kiptanui had only a 2:12:17 marathon to his credit previously, but it was run at altitude in the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya so he was definitely an unknown quantity. By 40 km he was on his own and looking so strong that the only question remaining was how much under the race record the 20 year old would run. That question was soon answered when he crossed the finishing line in a brilliant 2:05:39, smashing the old record by more than two minutes and running the sixth fastest time in the world this year – a time that would have been considered unthinkable in Prague before today. Yemane Tsegay managed to recover enough to finish in a fine 2:07:11 in second, also under the old course record, as was Nicholas Koech in 2:07:23 for third place.
In the women’s race the lead group of four women at 10 km included Ashu Kasim and Eyerusalem Kuma of Ethiopia, and Helena Kirop and Rose Cheruiyot of Kenya. By the half-marathon mark, reached in 2:12:30, only Kasim and Kirop remained in contention. By 30 km Kirop had opened up a lead of over one minute on the second place Kasim. From there to the finish she continued to push the pace, opening up a lead of more than two minutes, and crossing the line in another race record time of 2:25:29, almost one minute under the old record of Maura Viceconte which was set back in 2001. A strong finish by Alevtina Ivanova of Russia moved her up to second in 2:27:36, while Kasim crossed in 2:29:54 for third.
This year’s Volkswagen Prague Marathon also incorporated the European Police Championship Marathon, which saw 150 police officers from 25 countries all over Europe (and Pakistan) taking part in the main race. Winner in the mens‘ section was Andrii Naumov of Ukraine in 14th place overall with a time of 2:13:49, while the first woman was Yuliya Ruban also of Ukraine in 2:31:13.
The race was also one of the last chances for Czech athletes to achieve their qualifying times for the forthcoming European Championships (2:17 for men and 2:36 for women), but none were able to meet those times. The first Czech man was Petr Pechek in 2:22:18 while the top Czech woman was Radka Churanova in 2:59:24.
This year’s Volkswagen Prague Marathon sets a whole new benchmark for PIM and really seals the company’s arrival on the world stage. Consider that the first ever race, just sixteen years ago, saw just 958 runners and less then 10 elites taking part, and compare this to what was achieved today, and the scale of its growth is staggering. One can only wonder what next year will bring.
The Health Food Festival is an initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle.
You become what you eat
A healthy lifestyle makes you feel fit. In order to become fit, eating healthy is essential. The origin of the ingredients, the preparation and the combination of it all contributes to healthy food.
Health, Taste, Happiness, Performance
Chefs of participating restaurants offer you the possibility to experience that health food can be very tasty. Participating Bio-shops offer you the possibility to start trying to put the given inspiration to work yourself. Enjoying health food leads to happiness and better performance. Performing well makes you feel more happy and so, a progressive and positive life circle can be established.
Try, Experience, Enjoy
All Volkswagen Prague Marathon weekend participants will find the 2010 edition of the Health food Festival Guide 2010 in their staring bag. The guide offers 20+ restaurants and bio shops, with all contact details. Moreover, it includes some handy tips and…24 coupons to be used at the restaurants and bio shops to obtain special discounts. Even though health is nothing to discount on, a healthy discount will surely convince many people to try and start living healthy.
Expo and Conference
The Health Food Festival team is promoting the Festival at the Prague Marathon Sport Expo, which takes place at the Incheba Expo, Areál Výstaviště, Industrial Palace at Prague 7- Holešovice from the 6th to 8th of May 2010.
The official nutritionist of the Festival, an athlete but also a writer of the DietaGIFT, Luca Speciani, will once again speak about subjects related to health food during the Prague Marathon Sport Expo. The conference sessions are offered free of charge in our quest to also scientifically contribute to the knowledge of the society.
The conference takes place on the 7th and 8th of May 2010 at the Central Hall of the Industrial Palace at the Incheba Expo with the following program:
- Friday 07-05-2010
14:00 – 15:00: Energy supplements during the race: yes or no?
- Saturday 08-05-2010
10:15 – 11:15: What kind of diet to choose before the race?
14:30 – 15:10: Nutrition for the long distance runner in everyday life
Please feel free to participate in the events and bring interested people along. Luca Speciani is available for questions as well!
The connection and support from the Prague International Marathon events show that living healthy brings performance in sports. We do however recommend everyone to join this common effort to live healthy and perform to the maximum, also in everyday life. A broad support for the initiative will result in a more active society but most of all, in your happiness!
Budapest is proud of an attraction luring thousands of tourists to the Hungarian capital – the biggest sea aquarium in Central Europe.
Visitors of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, can encounter sharks and other exotic animal as well as walk in a rainforest. How is it possible? Thanks to Károly Farkasdi a Hungarian entrepreneur who constructed the 3000 m2 Tropical Oceanarium in the center of the city. After 8 months of construction Mr. Farkasdi was able to open a complex that includes the biggest sea aquarium in Central Europe. The construction finished in 2000 and it features various high tech equipment.
Visitors can admire the animals and vegetation in eight halls. You can enjoy an imitation of a rainforest where it rains and where thunders and lightning create unique atmosphere for visitors. You can walk through the forest and observe birds flying freely as well as squirrel monkeys playing in branches. Very popular are also other animals for example giant turtles, chameleons, spiders, scorpions or even alligators.
The biggest lure perhaps is the sea aquarium. In the 1.4 million liters aquarium, 8 sharks swim around with other fish. Tourists may also walk through the 11-meter-long observation tunnel and observe the sharks swimming right next to them. Shark feeding is definitely quite fascinating. The carnivorous animals eat 12-15 kg of sea fish each. They are fed by professionals with diving training directly from their hands. Besides watching the animals, visitors may also touch them. More specifically they may stroke and feed rays in “ray stroking pool.”
Besides the biggest one, there are also other 50 aquariums and terrariums that are home to various kinds of animals. There are also fresh water fish from Asia and Africa. Popular fresh water fish is naturally piranha. The Tropicarium, however, does not present only exotic animals. Hungarian fish could be seen in the room number one.
Want to visit Budapest and the Oceanarium? Contact CTE Tourism for a quote for your ‘best-price-guaranteed’ hotel accommodation, transfers, excursions and dinners.
Requests for groups and individuals may be send to firstname.lastname@example.org or for more info call +420 226 804 080
Prague, 27th March, 2010: At noon today under a cloudy sky, the 12th running of the Hervis Prague Half Marathon got underway. A record number of more than 8,400 runners lined up (an increase of nearly 35% over last year) to take part in a race that proved to be one of the biggest Czech celebrations since the Velvet Revolution.
Prague International Marathon (”PIM”), the organizers of the race, had assembled an exceptional field of elite athletes for this year’s race in an effort to retain the IAAF Road Race Gold Label that it was awarded at the end of 2009, and to improve upon the event records of 1:00:07 for the men and 1:09:03 for the women, both set last year. Included in the line up were Wilson Chebet and Joseph Meregu of Kenya, both of whom had already run under the magical one hour time limit this year, as well as the Ethiopians Yemane Tsegay, who finished fourth in the marathon in the World Championships in Berlin and Dereje Debele, and the young Kenyan, Joel Kemboi.
Although the temperature (10 degrees centigrade) at the start was almost ideal for a fast race, a strong wind buffeted the runners as they made their way across the bridge and along the Vltava River. At the 10 kilometer mark, reached in 28:26, the leaders were running easily together but soon after Joel Kemboi took off and broke up the pack with Wilson Chebet leading the chase. Kemboi continued to push the pace and by 18 kilometers he had opened a 15 second lead and was still running easily within the one hour pace, but the headwinds coming off of the river proved too strong and he slowed slightly to finish in 1:00:09, only two seconds off the event record, despite the very difficult conditions. The pre-race favourite Wilson Chebet finished second in 1:01:26 and Yemane Tsegay was third in 1:01:37.
The women’s race followed similar lines as Rose Kosgei and Monica Wangari Kanyata stayed with the pace setters for the first 10 kilometers and then Kosgei, feeling the pace slowing, pushed ahead at 12 kilometers and never looked back on her way to a 1:09:57 victory. She was followed by a strong finishing Florence Jepko Chepsoi in 1:10:28 as Kanyata fell back to third in 1:10:33.
Outstanding results from the home team included a time of 1:06:57 from the 41 year old Robert Stefko, and 1:15:52 from the first Czech woman home, Petra Kaminkova. Other exceptional performances included those of the blind runner from Kenya, Frances Karanja, in 1:11:52, the Mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem, in 1:36:52, and the footballer Pavel Nedved in 1:49:44.