The sixth annual quarter marathon in Sokolov was organised by the city’s Municipal House of Culture. For 2019, the event found its general partner in BMW Group. The race is part of the grand pre-holiday event “Hurááá, prázdniny” [Hooray, Holidays!] that takes place in Sokolov every year in late June. The race is a very popular sporting event in the region.
Stretching to a little over 10 kilometres, the race took runners over a mostly level course, new for this year, and wound through the city centre. Runners were thus able to enjoy the enthusiastic support of fans and passersby. The Sokolovský BMW Group Quarter Marathon was open to both male and female runners, ideally aged 16 or over.
The 2019 edition of the race was completed by 465 runners. The men’s category found its winner in Vojtěch Šulc. He was followed by Pavel Procházka in second place and Jan Sokol in third. The women’s category was won by Ivana Sekyrová with Jana Zímová and Martina Bradáčová second and third, respectively. The best placed runners received their prizes from the Mayor of Sokolov, Renata Oulehlová, who was accompanied by Katharina Will of BMW Group.
For BMW Group, the support provided to the quarter marathon in Sokolov meant its first involvement with an event of this kind in the region. “The fact that the carmaker did not partner the sporting event in name only was clearly demonstrated by the active involvement of BMW Group’s project managers Katharina Will and Petr Pospíšil in the organising team. I am sure the successful cooperation between BMW Group and the Sokolovský Quarter Marathon will continue for years to come,” said Sokolov Mayor Renata Oulehlová.
BMW Group intends to be actively involved in other cultural and sporting events in the region. Citizens will notice the presence of BMW Group for example during municipal festivities in Chodov in September and at the Festival of Light in Karlovy Vary.
The Sokolov region is of considerable importance for BMW Group. The carmaker has decided to build its BMW Group Future Mobility Development Centre (FMDC) in the area. The centre will focus on developing self-driving cars and safety assistants. It will emerge at Podkrušnohorská výsypka [spoil tip] in an industrial zone located in the vicinity of Lomnice, Dolní Nivy and Sokolov. Once in full operation, the centre will directly create some 700 jobs, with more jobs supported throughout the supply chain and in services. BMW Group is active in supporting not only sporting and cultural events in the region but also in backing local technical secondary schools and technical faculties of the University of West Bohemia and Czech Technical University in Prague.