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Sunday's marathon and 2RUN, the toughest races in the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run series 2018, will be attended by 35 runners including two ex-prisoners. The charity race, which highlights the difficult employability of people with a criminal past, will be a part of Volkswagen Marathon Prague event on May 6, 2018.
All the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run races - half marathon, marathon, 2RUN and relays – have been organized as part of the RunCzech Running League from April through June. Prisoners, former convicts, crime victims, corporate directors and managers, civil servants, NGO employees, sports fans, and dozens of others have run side by side.
The Yellow Ribbon project advances public awareness and acceptance of reintegrating ex-offenders into society. The project focuses on the problem of difficult employability of ex-offenders, and it aims at creating employment opportunities for them - linking them to a wider community, thereby contributing to crime prevention, reoffending rate cuts and securing a safer society in general.
“It is great news that former convicts, who have succeeded in social reintegratation, will run such a difficult race as a marathon with us. Some of them started running with the Yellow Ribbon Run in prisons. By running such a difficult race they have proved their will and intention to live a good life. It works for them with the support of their community and society,” said Gábina Slováková, Světlá nad Sázavou Prison director and the Yellow Ribbon Project initiator said.
According to Carlo Capalbo, the chairman of the RunCzech Organizing Committee, Volkswagen Prague Marathon with the record of 2:05:39 is the fastest May marathon in history. The record is held by a Kenyan Eliud Kiptanui, who ran this fast in 2010.
Alongside the marathon, our athletes will also compete in the 2RUN race, in which two runners share the marathon distance.
The 2018 edition of the prison run is co-organized with the help from the Prison Service of the Czech Republic, non-profit organization RUBIKON Centre, Czech Probation and Mediation Service, and RunCzech. The project is held under the auspices of the Czech Minister of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the Public Defender of Rights.
The YRR project was made possible thanks to our partners: D.A.S. Rechtsschutz AG is this year's general partner. Kostelecké uzeniny a.s. is the golden partner. We also thank to our silver partners - United Bakeries a.s., Lion Products Ltd., Futaba Czech s.r.o. and bronze partners - Arriva Transport Czech Republic a.s. and Hamernik a.s. We have also partners supporting individual runners with a criminal past - Jipocar Obaly, s., Haki a., Agro Jevišovice and. S., Martin Cavar - connecting material, Rohde, spol. s., Veolia Czech Republic, a. s., WSM - Czech Republic s., Still ČR spol. Additional support was provided by Lighthouse o. s., Dermacol a.s., Banh- mi-ba a Tesco. Frekvence 1 and ProFairPlay is our media partner.
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