Run 400 marathons? That means 50 years of preparation and training life. Zdeněk Kopecký did it

Of course, he didn’t start the marathon right away. He was born in Trutnov, ie in the ski region, and he already competed in skiing at school as part of school championships. His physical education teacher led the pupils to run all year round, and Mr. Kopecký fell in love with athletics. For a long time, however, he ran only shorter tracks – three, a maximum of five kilometers.

Only when he moved to České Budějovice after the war did he get into the party of perseverers, who basically drove him to the marathon. And when he completed his first forty-two kilometers and one hundred and ninety-five meters in three hours and nine minutes, it was clear that it would definitely not be his last.

Since then, Mr. Kopecký has focused on long runs. He also raced on longer tracks, but ran by far the most marathons. He gradually combined it with travel; there are few countries in Europe where a marathon would not run. He likes to remember the Košice one, he has it in his legs twenty times. He’s just sorry he never got to America, for the famous Boston or New York marathon.

Long runs thus became the content of Mr. Kopecký’s life. He ran every day until he was 70, but in addition to his own performances, he also enjoyed watching athletics on television, which is still true today. Although Mr. Kopecký adds that there are unfortunately not many top endurance athletes in the Czech Republic at present.

But he likes to remember his greatest role model in life – and of course not only his own, he says that Emil Zátopek and his friends admired everyone. Mr. Kopecký was lucky to meet him, and it was not just an ordinary meeting. The four-time Olympic winner once presented him with a prize for third place in the run at Macha Lake.

At the same time, Mr. Kopecký collected dozens on the podium. He still has some cups in his apartment, but he has already distributed many of them to friends who organize races. Mr. Kopecký is glad that his old prices will be used again.

He is also happy about how many people have started running lately. According to him, people understood that no diet can maintain a person’s slimness and freshness as running.

And running is mainly a sport for which you basically don’t need anything. You can run anywhere and anytime, just put on your sneakers and go. Just don’t start the start. Mr. Kopecký says that it is necessary to start a pretty slow lie and gradually speed up and lengthen the tracks, but do not oppose it and still enjoy running.

Even though he says that he will probably not run marathons anymore, of course he will not stop running. For myself and for the grandchildren, for whom the running grandfather is a great role model. They all play sports, do not smoke and live healthily – and that is Mr. Kopecký’s greatest reward.

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