The extreme Taxis Gladiator Race, copying the Velká Parbubice Steeplechase, including the famous Taxis hurdle, saw its premiere in Pardubice on Saturday. It proved a gruelling track for the 1,200 contestants, many of whom had to give up half-way. Freezing fog, mud and ice- old water in which the contestants waded, weighed down by rubber tyres, proved a major test of strength and stamina.
The track for human contestants was the same as for horses i.e. 6,900 metres but instead of 31 hurdles it had 39. The winner,Tomáš Tvrdík, covered the track in 33.5 minutes.