When the Brno Run, which promoted athletics in the busiest streets of the city of Brno from 1919 until the Second World War, disappeared, the Sokol Brno I athletes founded the Lužánky Run, which actually continues the pre-war tradition of Brno’s endurance athletes and their competitions. The environment of Lužánky and the suitable length and terrain allowed the organizers of the race to expand the race program for all ages, and all the best Moravian runners took turns at their start. In the main race of Lužánky, the endurance race on the circuit of the outer Lužánek roads, 41 runners have so far won as winners.
The race has always been the first test of our endurance athletes at the beginning of the athletic season and traditionally starts the running season in Brno. So far, none of the runners have managed to win the race on the main track more than five times. The first winner was Šalé, Slavíček, Jurek, Jůza, Kopecký, Zoubek, Florián, Orálek and Burghardt won three times in Lužánky, Hudák won four times in Lužánky, but the record of five Kocourek victories is still unbeaten.
Lužánky run in time
Beign of Sokol tradition
Premiere of 1946
And what could the readers read after the opening in the year 1946? – „Šalé wins in the Brno Luzanky Run. In cold Sunday’s morning, the were converging from different parts of Brno Athletes, soldiers and scouts into Lužánky, that they could initiate the start of the season of the Brno’s athletes during the flag raising through their attendance. To the 250 soldiers, 150 athletes ans 100 scouts spoke the univ. prof. dr. Vojta, chairman of the Brno’s athletes and the chairman of the provincial people’s commitee dr. Loubal, who gave the main race the challenge trophy. Main race, which had three rounds, 1630 m each, was a loot of the favourite Šalé. For the other places behind the Brno’s athlet Šalý has been fought a hard fight, which ended up well for the Zlín’s runner Roudný…“
Beign of Sokol tradition
Second season 1947
The third year was in the Spring 1948. Despite the unfree circumstances lasting for more than four decades has the Brno Luzanky Run kept its character and it lived its life in the city park. Atmosphere of the race was similar to the atmosphere of the first two years. Organisator of the meeting were in these years the athletics squad TJ Zbrojovka Brno. The run was getting bigger and more famous and it belonged to prestigious cross-country races in the republic. The biggest fame achieved the race in the 60´s, 70’s and 80’s of the last century led by the athletics squad TJ Zbrojovka Brno, when the best czech long-distance runners and milers were taking part constantly. The race was publicized in the media, for that time, very strongly.
1990s and turn of the century
Track & Field Brno
saves the existence of the traditional Brno run.
2006 The race track was changed to 5 circuits around the perimeter of the park, ie 7775 m. Daniel Orálek wins for the third time (1990, 1991, 2006).
2007 Polish endurance runner Jakub Burghardt wins with a new track record in 23:23.
2008 Jakub Burghardt wins for the second time with a new track record of 23:03.
2009 Feyissa Mossisa from Ethiopia – first victory with a time of 23:32.
2010 Jakub Burghardt rejoices in Brno for the third time in 23:19.
2011 Hungarian endurance runner Minczér Albert wins in 25:31.
2012 Tóth László from Hungary wins with a new track record of 22:52.
2013 Roman Rudolecký wins with a time of 23:13.
2014 Joel Maina Mwangi from Kenya wins with a new track record of 22:41.
2015 With a new track record of 22:36, Hillary Kiptum Kimaiyo from Kenya wins.
2016 Joel Maina Mwangi wins for the second time in 23:15.
2017 Kenyan runner Moses Masai Komon wins with a time of 23:37.
2018 Ukrainian endurance runner Olexandr Matviichuc wins with a time of 23:11.
2019 Lukáš Olejníček wins with a time of 24:17.