Streets will be closed for Volkswagen Prague Marathon

No parked cars will be allowed along the running route; people are urged to use the metro

The Volkswagen Prague Marathon takes place May 7, starting at 9 am at Old Town Square. It will be the 23rd edition of the race that has become the most important running event in the country. Around 10,000 runners from over 90 countries are expected to participate.

The 42 kilometer route will go through much of Prague's historical center along both sides of the Vltava river. There are additional races on May 6 as well, making it a marathon weekend.

These bring changes to public transportation and traffic delays. The city recommends using the metro whenever possible as tram and bus routes are changed to accommodate the running route. Metro service will be increased on May 7 from 7 am to 4 pm.

The organizers of the race apologize for the inconvenience but also invite spectators to come and watch the marathon and cheer the runners on.

Many streets downtown will be closed to traffic during the marathon, but most of them will not be closed for the entire duration of the race, just for the times that runners are expected in that area. Closures will take place between 8 am and 4 pm. Outside of those times, most streets will be open except for Pařížská, Ovocný trh, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Street closures will affect parts of Prague 1, 2 and 4.

Parking will also be limited. Cars will not be allowed along the marathon route for safety reasons, and cars that are not moved by their owners will be removed by the city before the race. Signs should be on the relevant streets to inform drivers of the restrictions. Most streets on the route should be free of parked cars as of midnight on Saturday.

Tram and bus changes will be posted on the website of the Prague Transit Company at www.dpp.cz.

The route of the marathon can be seen here: www.runczech.com

A complete list of street closures in Prague 1 can be found here: www.praha1.cz

Information on restrictions in Prague 2 is here: www.praha2.cz

Information on restrictions in Prague 4 is here: www.praha4.cz

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